You may wish to have your institutional repository, or digital archives, directly loaded in EDS so it can be fully searched alongside other EDS resources. If you select this option, you must complete the Institutional Repository (IR) Database Questionnaire. The questionnaire covers the complete set-up of your repository, from initial branding and display questions through data mapping and record retrieval options. Since each repository is different and may contain unique aspects, each institutional repository is analyzed for optimized loading and display.
It is important to note that, although your custom IR database is a part of your discovery layer, EBSCO does not host the content. We load the descriptive information about objects in your library’s archive/repository and set up links in EDS that direct users back to your archive/repository where they can request, retrieve, or view the item.
OAI-PMH and FTP are the standard methods of transferring data we use to load your institutional repository metadata to an EDS Institutional Repository. OAI-PMH is our preferred method of harvesting data from your repository. If your repository is OAI-accessible, please use this method to fetch data. If this is not an option, we can set-up an FTP account for you to submit a data file.
Supported metadata formats:
Tools for completing the Institutional Repository Questionnaire:
Before you start the questionnaire, make sure you have the following:
- Basic information about your repository - name, description, software/vendor (digital collections specialist)
- Data acquisition preference (digital collections specialist/technical specialist)
- Decisions or a process for making decisions, on preferred linking to your collections, as well as the presentation of the collection itself (various stakeholders)
- Ability to define the data elements present in your repository (digital collections specialist)
You are now ready to begin and complete the Institutional Repository/Digital Archives Database Questionnaire.