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    Alfabetiese lyste van proefskrifte van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch, 1929-1977
    (1977) Stellenbosch University
    Alphabetical lists of theses and dissertations from Stellenbosch University, 1929-1977.
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    Practical guidelines for starting an institutional repository using DSpace software
    (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2012-01) Gibson, Hilton
    These guidelines are targeted at academic institutions in developing countries world wide who want to start an open access research repository and who want to know in detail what is required and how to do it step-by-step. The guidelines below take a holistic and integrated approach to research institutional repository management. The focus during development of the system has been long term repository preservation, security, stability and interoperability on the internet, using open systems.
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    Will your research assets survive the ravages of time, redundancy, mismanagement and decay? Planning for digital preservation within higher education institutions
    (Stellenbosch : Stellenbosch University, 2010-07) Smith, Ina
    This paper presents a content analysis of a selection of existing literature about digital preservation policies. The researcher examined the digital preservation policies that are currently being implemented by four representative institutions on four different continents and arrived at specific conclusions. The institutions reviewed in this paper are Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Asia); University of Texas Library (United States of America); National Library of Australia (Australia); UK Data Archive, University of Essex (United Kingdom). Although the survey was undertaken in April and May 2010, the primary purpose of the content analysis was to provide a rational basis for a sound digital preservation policy for the institutional repository of the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. The paper defines digital preservation, examines the rationale behind digital preservation policies, elucidates issues that need to be resolved before long-term access to digital research objects within higher education institutions can be guaranteed. It also describes all the essential elements that need to be included in a digital preservation policy. The researcher illuminated the digital preservation policies of the abovementioned institutions by comparing them with the requirements that have been documented by the PARS working group. The paper concludes with recommendations about which elements should receive particular attention when a digital preservation policy is constructed for the use of institutional digital repositories.
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    The simple persistent unique digital store (SPUDS)
    (2010-06-10) Gibson, Hilton
    This paper introduces the concept of the simple persistent unique digital store which is an attempt to provide a means of digital object storage that will survive one hundred years into the future using open standards , technologies and formats. In addition it will attempt to make the digital object store independent of the software used to ingest, store, manage and disseminate the objects. Doing this greatly eliminates the risk of the present interdependence of the digital object store with the institutional repository management software and adds greater utility to future digital store management software systems.