For the Doria and Theseus platforms, the National Library has employed the open source -based DSpace software.
The National Library’s DSpace services are open to materials from all Finnish institutions of higher education. The National Library offers libraries its ready-made DSpace platform. Even though the technical maintenance of the servers, disk space and publishing applications are centrally managed, each individual customer may operate in its own environment, customise the appearance of the interface, and save and describe its materials independently. The customer organizations may either use one of the multi-institutional reposity instances (Doria, Theseus) or their own DSpace instance hosted by the National Library.
Besides the centrally maintained DSpace service, the National Library offers technical support and advice to libraries who are using DSpace but are not in the joint system with other libraries.
In addition to providing software support, the National Library assists in the uniform application of metadata formats, description practices and identifiers.
The National Library has received financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Education for the development of the DSpace-based publishing environment.