GKR - The GALILEO Knowledge Repository
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In 2009, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the Georgia Institute of Technology a 3-year grant to initiate the GKR statewide repository service in Georgia. The GKR service will provide: 1) hosting of independent DSpace instances for GKR participating institutions; 2) a repository of harvested metadata from existing and hosted DSpace sites along with a single search site using open source software; 3) IR-related services that include guidance and training on metadata and content submission and rights management, digital preservation, and content digitization; and 4) a new, open source repository collection mapping tool to create a common discipline-based taxonomy across repositories with dissimilar academic and research vocabularies. With this open source tool, the GKR addresses a central challenge for statewide repositories - joining content from partner institutions into a common system, which users can both browse and search centrally. The GKR service also will develop and implement a symposium on statewide and consortial repositories for other states and consortia considering the establishment of IR services.