The Open Universiteit Nederland uses DSpace to archive the results of research, technology development and valorisation activities in digital form. In addition, the Open Universiteit Nederland allows experts in the field to contribute to existing communities and collections or to start new communities. Several of the communities and collections are open to the public. Some have specific admission guidelines.
A DSpace community is an organisational unit in the Open Universiteit Nederland, or a R&D group in a particular field. All communities should relate to the innovation of education.
Anybody can browse and search DSpace, but can open or view only resources of those communities and collections that are open to the public.
The Open Universiteit Nederland allows anybody to register as DSpace user. This registered user again can browse and search the DSpace repository and access publicly available communities and collections. Registered users can request access to restricted communities and collections from the owner/manager of the community or collection. Access to a community does not automatically entail access to each and every collection within the community.
Submission of new items is restricted to registered users that belong to a community. The community and collection owner determine to which collection such users may submit new items.
Any registered users with permission to submit items can add new items to the collections for which they are authorised. In doing so, user explicitly grant the Open Universiteit Nederland the non-exclusive right to reproduce, translate, and/or distribute your submission (including the abstract) worldwide in print and electronic format and in any medium, including but not limited to audio or video. Users should submit only original work.
All submissions are entered into a review cycle to ensure the submitted data and metadata are correct. The file format for all submissions is PDF unless explicitly specified otherwise in the collection. Users are advised of findings and are provided with the opportunity to correct these.