"Scholarly research has come a long way since the days of poring
over stacks at the library, and search engine companies are
beginning to explore the particular opportunities within academic
research. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the
most venerated American institutes of higher learning, made its own
foray into the search market with DSpace, a joint project with
Hewlett-Packard that was first launched in 2002. DSpace is
open-source software designed to assist colleges and universities
in creating, managing, and maintaining digital repositories. There
are currently about 125 schools using this software, but no tool
existed that enabled searching across repositories instead of just
within them. Enter Google into DSpace..."
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