Michigan State University


Digital Repository

The MSU Libraries Electronic Theses & Dissertation digital repository (etd.lib.msu.edu) is built using Fedora Commons, Apache Solr, and Drupal. The glue that ties it all together is the Islandora series of Drupal modules. Islandora is a vibrant community of library software developers and thinkers devoted to developing a Free and Open Source (FOSS) digital repository platform. Originally built around a pilot collection of Electronic Theses and Dissertations, the repository architecture is extensible and deeply customizable. The repository has adapted community standards and best-practices to provide a baseline curatorial framework including checksum monitoring, complex metadata handling, OAI-PMH, semantic object relationships (including integration with a Mulgara triplestore and content agnostic digital objects).

The Fedora Commons and Islandora projects are built with the intent of preserving digital objects for the long term, and therefore acknowledged that such systems must have an architecture that can grow and change over time until the next software paradigm. To this point, the Islandora and Fedora Commons developer communities are stable and thriving. Currently in the pipeline are four collections which will significantly expand our basic infrastructure: a newspaper collection, an audio collection, a video collection, and a foreign language collection. 

Media Preservation

MSU Libraries has a strong tradition of audiovisual collection, preservation and access. Recent reports from the field highlight a renewed national and international effort to digitally reformat A/V materials before the obstacle of format and hardware obsolescence becomes prohibitively expensive or impossible. The Media Preservation program builds upon the efforts of early A/V pioneers at MSU Libraries, including: building in-library remastering services in the 1980s; significant equipment purchases in support of an NSF grant in the early 2000s; and the continued growth of collections and human expertise in our Special Collections, Digital Media Center, and Vincent Voice Library. 

Research Data Management

The MSU Libraries Research Data Management Guidance service is a joint effort between the MSU Libraries and University Archives to respond to the emerging concern surrounding research data management. The RDMG team arose out of close collaboration between Digital Curation, Data Services, and Metadata Services and is meant to: 1) provide guidance to faculty in the development and execution of research data management plans 2) to connect faculty to distributed research data support services throughout the university 3) to educate students, faculty, and staff about the importance of data management. RDMG consultants are happy to meet face-to-face, provide guidance over phone or email, or to plan and deliver tailored instruction for your research group or department.