Repository Resources

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The following resources may be helpful for those interested in establishing, accessing, or just learning about online repositories, both institutional and disciplinary. SPARC's membership and mandate encourages a focus on developing institutional repositories, so many resources listed here support this direction. Resources supplied here include guides, presentation materials, and handbooks produced by SPARC and other organizations. These provide definitions and developments in the field, and point those interested to the growing number of repositories. Please write to sparc[at]arl[dot]org with additions or corrections.


Research is more valuable when it's shared

Online archives of universities, colleges, funding agencies, and other institutions — known as “repositories” — are key components of the emerging digital research infrastructure and can help ensure the widest possible sharing of your works. These repositories collect, preserve, and provide free, unrestricted online access to all types of institutional research outputs — seamlessly linking data, knowledge, and scholars. (Learn more about the CARL-SPARC researcher outreach program, launched March 2009).

SPARC Statement in Support of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (November 2010)


Publications, articles, and presentations related to repositories, published by SPARC and other supportive organizations. Includes "The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper."

Meetings & Events

Visit SPARC's meeting page for details on SPARC-sponsored repository meetings and workshops as well as links to community lists and events.

Collected Repositories

Lists available indices and repository collections -- including the new Repository 66, a dynamic map of worldwide repositories compiled by Stuart Lewis of University of Wales Aberystwyth.

Online Discussion Forums

SPARC-IR: An online discussion list on institutional repositories. Subscribers can use the moderated email list to ask questions, share best practices, and debate relevant issues.

JISC-REPOSITORIES: Set up by the JISC Digital Repositories Programme support team for the discussion of cross-domain and international repository technologies and activities, plus any other repository-related issues. Anyone working with repositories or interested in any aspect of international repository activity is encouraged to subscribe.


Open-source Software

A software platform developed and used at MIT that enables institutions to capture and describe digital works using a submission workflow module. The system enables these works to be archived and distributed over the web through a search and retrieval system.


A software platform that provides a robust foundation for an array of innovative solutions including open-access publishing, scholarly communication, e-science, digital libraries, archives, education, and more. Using a standards-based, service-oriented architecture, the Fedora platform provides an extensible framework of service components to support features such as OAI-PMH, search engine integration, fine-grained access control, content versioning and integrity checking, dynamic views of digital objects and formal semantic relationships among them.

GNU EPrints Archive Software
A software platform developed at the University of Southampton which creates online archives that can be "full-text" searched with enhanced searching for names and dates.

IR+ is an institutional repository software project. It is a fully featured digital repository management solution that is easy for users to understand and manage. Its goals are to meet the needs of any organization that needs to author, publish and preserve digital information.

OCLC Research Software
A list of open source software developed by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to build a repository and harvest data according to OAI-PMH standards.

Other Supporting Organizations


The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of digital material. The initiative works to develop the fundamental technological framework and standards to support interoperability, independent of the both the type of content offered and the economic mechanisms surrounding that content.

Open Archives Forum provides a Europe-based focus for dissemination of information about European activity related to open archives and, in particular, to the Open Archives Initiative.

SHERPA, Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access, is initiating the development of openly accessible institutional digital repositories of research output in a number of research universities. These so-called 'e-print archives' will contain papers by researchers from the participating institutions.