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Data in DSpace: Linking Archival Primary Documents and Quantitative Datasets

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Ann Marshall
University of Rochester

This paper investigates the potential for archiving primary source documents and the datasets created from these documents in the institutional repository DSpace. Through an initiative at the University of Rochester (U.R.), the Friends of the U.R. Libraries awarded a dissertation grant in support of depositing a unique dataset into the University’s digital archive. This grant funded the acquisition and digitization of WWII military documents currently located at the Bundesarchiv in Berlin, Germany. On condition of awarding these funds, the doctoral student agreed to deposit both the digitized primary documents and the unique dataset created from these documents into DSpace. This approach has the potential to increase the awareness and use of DSpace, while also capitalizing on the contribution that doctoral students might bring to data depositories. The paper also discusses the use of DSpace technology as a data depository and considers current and future enhancements to DSpace. Issues such as metadata, the availability of funds, interface functionality, and copyright are important considerations for expanding this initiative.

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