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Weekend Website #38: DSpace@MIT

Posted by on April 3, 2011

Drop by every Friday to discover what wonderful website my classes and parents loved this week. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of yours, too.


High school, college, post grad, amateur bibliophiles






MIT has stepped to the front of education equity issues. For the past year, they’ve made their scholarly articles FREE to the public through an open source platform called DSpace, a scholarly repository for over one-thousand organizations (if you have a favorite University, i.e., Notre Dame or USC, check to see if it’s listed here).

DSpace@MIT’s Open Access Articles collection contains over 1800 scholarly writings that MIT Faculty have made openly and freely available on the web. Additionally, MIT Thesis Collection contains selected digital theses and dissertations from all MIT departments dating as far back as the mid-1800s. Since 2004, all new Masters and Ph.D theses have been added to the collection after degrees have been awarded. Browse the collection here.

MIT analysis of usage statistics for last fiscal year indicates that content was downloaded by end-users over 15.2 million times or, on average, at a rate of over 41,000 files per day (credit: MIT).

See an article in Campus Technology News Update about it’s launch.

Never heard of DSpace? Watch this video:

Why do they do this? Maybe it has something to do with what Hal Abelson, the Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science ad chair of the Ad-Hoc Faculty Committee on Open Access Publishing, said:

“Scholarly publishing has so far been based purely on contracts between publishers and individual faculty authors.In that system, faculty members and their institutions are powerless. This resolution changes that by creating a role in the publishing process for the faculty as a whole, not just as isolated individuals.”

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