The Case for Digital Spaces at Daeyang University
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Daeyang University is a new University having opened its doors in 2010 as a Nursing College and has since expanded to include ICT(2014) and Medical Colleges(2015). Like any institution of higher learning it would like to increase its visibility and its prestige by disseminating its research findings and scholarly works in various areas of the individual colleges’ interest. This can best be done in this digital publishing age by creating an institutional repository. This would mean creating the digital infrastructure to allow the institution to use the latest technologies to aid it in centrally storing institutional output, ensure that it has systems in place to supporting learning and teaching, standardise its records and allow it to track and analyse its research progress. This paper seeks to make the case for setting up an open digital space or repository for the stated functions to allow the University to meet its research objects and increase its visibility in digital scholarly using open source tools such as D-Space. The digital space will serve as an arm of the Universities library. It will detail the work, resources and benefits to the Academic Community as a whole and to the individual colleges of the University, such a system would play in the growth of the institution.