Tools for Research in Library & Information Studies : Digital Repositories
Introduction to digital repositories
A digital repository is a collection of online resources. There are two primary types of digital repository: institutional and disciplinary. Institutional repositories are collections of institution specific resources. For example, the University of Wisconsin's institutional repository is MINDS@UW.
SPARC, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, collects a set of resources "helpful for those interested in establishing, accessing, or just learning about online repositories, both institutional and disciplinary." SPARC was developed by the Association of Research Libraries in 1997-98 and includes member organizations mostly from universities and research libraries. SPARC aims to improve access to scholarly materials.