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Authenticating your DSpace users with OpenAthens

We have been hard at work deploying OpenAthens integrations with DSpace for the National Health Service. OpenAthens is a centralized identity and access control mechanism provided by Eduserv, moving identities to cloud so that users can log in with the same details across multiple web applications and sites. We have recently completed the successful deployment…

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Owning your DSpace Data

Many application and SaaS hosts pitch a no fuss, easy to use, up-to-date hosted archive. However, most customers who sign up for these services don’t plan for what will happen when they no longer wish to use the services of their existing host. We’ve experienced customers who have tried to migrate away only to find…

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Launch DSpace in less than 5 minutes with the KnowledgeArc Platform

We are proud to announce the official release of our new hosting service, The KnowledgeArc Platform. The KnowledgeArc Platform uses a combination leading open source technologies to provide a fast, scalable, low-cost infrastructure for running various applications including DSpace and Solr. Services are containerized for fast deployment and upgrades, resulting in greatly reduced downtime even…

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Ethereum Archive – Embargoing

The concept of embargoing in the digital asset management world consists of making an item private until a particular point in time. There are various reasons for doing this. Maybe only select users are allowed to view the material for a particular amount of time; there may be a paywall, whereby only paying customers may…

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Ethereum Archive – Viewing an Item

In the post Ethereum as a Decentralized Archive we developed a simple item contract for archiving. The item held the hash of a file along with metadata describing the file. What we now need is a way to view an item contract on the Ethereum network. The easiest way is to display the item in…

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Using Ethereum as a Decentralized Archive

Ethereum is a powerful computer which uses the blockchain for processing and storing information in a decentralized way. Applications, known as smart contracts, are executed on the blockchain and the cost of interacting with these applications is baked into the price. Ethereum may not be the only decentralized computer but it is the most well…