MD-SOAR is a shared institutional repository platform for eleven colleges and universities in Maryland. It currently is funded entirely by the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium (usmai.org) but also includes other collaborating partner institutions. MD-SOAR is jointly governed by all participating libraries, who have agreed to share policies and practices that are necessary and appropriate for the shared platform. Within this broad framework, each library provides customized repository services and collections that meet local institutional needs. Please follow the links below to learn more about each library's repository services and collections.
The MD-SOAR shared repository has the expectation that participating libraries will only make content available in a manner that conforms with U.S. copyright laws and other relevant laws, regulations, and legal agreements. This is MD-SOAR's policy for withdrawing an item.
In the interest of maintaining a consistent search and discovery experience for the end‐user across the repository, these basic policies should be adhered to by each constituent member of the institution.
The following safeguards are in place for maintaining the security and integrity of the MD-SOAR system:
Weekly patching of the server operating system (and immediate patching of security vulnerabilities)
HTTPS is enforced to encrypt all browser requests
Reported software vulnerabilities are monitored and responded to immediately (and DSpace has a large user community to both identify and fix vulnerabilities)
Authentication and authorization are used to restrict access
Server access is limited to designated UMD Libraries staff. Their access requires both university credentials and super user login; super user login privileges for production environments are only distributed to designated UMD Libraries staff temporarily as needed for system upgrades, hotfixes, etc.