Volume 6, Number 1 / April issue 2020
Turki Malawi AlShahrani
Mechanisms and methods used in the management and evaluation of digital repositories

The study aimed at identifying the mechanisms and methods used in the management and evaluation of digital repositories. And to know about the methods and polices of managing digital repositories and the criteria for evaluating digital repositories. The study used the descriptive analytical approach. And the study lies in the need to evaluate and manage digital repositories and its significance to develop criteria for this assessment and then to identify them. The study has found out several findings, the most important of them are there are criteria and methods used in evaluation of digital repositories in the Arab world. But they are differ in their elements and some of them are qualitative and other are quantitative and some of them are depend on the number of users and the items in the digital repositories. Also, some of them have adopted consensus, security, conservation, and availability requirements. And the others focused on content management, metadata management, publishing and statistical reports. The last ones of them focused on coverage, research, policies, services, preservation, deposition, information regulation, access mechanisms and software. In addition, the study showed that there are mechanisms and methods for managing digital repositories such as deposition policies, content regulation policy, IP policy, access control, retrieval policy and file naming service. And they used of specific types of systems and software in digital repositories, the most important of them is Dspace. The study also suggested a set of recommendations, the most important of them are the need to establish integrated standards in the Arab world for the evaluation and management of digital repositories. It is necessary to use digital repositories in government and private sectors for their benefits in helping knowledge management. Also, it is necessary to adopt an Arab project under an entity specializing in digital repositories field that serve knowledge. In addition to the various suggested studies in the field of digital repositories to cover all their areas in order to detect the strengths and the weakness of the digital repositories in order to get red of the weaknesses and to enforce strengths.
Keywords: objective digital repositories, digital repositories, digital repository evaluation mechanisms, digital repository management methods, digital repository evaluation standards

Cite this article:
Turki Malawi AlShahrani. Mechanisms and methods used in the management and evaluation of digital repositories. Acta Scientiae et Intellectus, 6(1)2020, 136-151.


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