What is the SUNY Digital Repository?

In 2005, the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) established a prototype institutional repository using the Dspace software. Institutional repositories are digital archives used to collect, manage, maintain and disseminate the intellectual output associated with institutions such as SUNY. The repository contains article pre-prints, article post-prints, other working papers, electronic journals, visual resources, theses, dissertations, resources in other data formats, etc.

The Dspace software allows the repository to be divided into communities (e.g. a SUNY campus), sub-communities (e.g. a department on that campus) and collections (e.g. an electronic journal). The SUNY Digital Repository is designed to provide this type of online infrastructure for the SUNY institutions that don't have their own repository on campus.

The DSpace application can recognize and manage a large number of file format and mime types. Some of the most common formats currently managed within the DSpace environment are PDF, Word, JPEG, MPEG, TIFF files. Although out-of-the-box DSpace only auto-recognizes common file formats, files of any format can be managed by DSpace. DSpace also provides a simple file format registry where you can register any unrecognized format, so that it can be identified in the future.