The Rejection of D-Space: Selecting Theses Database Software at the University of Calgary Archives
This paper presents the results of a recent University of Calgary Archives project to investigate the replacement of our existing theses and dissertations database. In collaboration with the University Library’s Information Technologies department the Archives undertook a pilot project aimed at replacing the existing descriptive database and expanding on its capabilities by implementing D-Space as an institutional repository for electronic theses and dissertations. Ultimately D-Space was rejected as a viable option for housing our theses database, although the software is still used by the University for its Institutional Repository which contains other forms of scholarly output by the university’s academic community. The Archives has since selected another software program for its theses database which I will provide details of later in this paper.