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Wits Institutional Repository (WIReDSpace): Depositing/Accessing WIReDSpace

This Guide provides information and resources about institutional repositories and Wits Institutional Repository on DSpace (WIREDSPACE). It provides guidelines on depositing in and accessing material from WIREDSPACE, as well as OA and OER Resources.

Who can deposit in WIReDSpace and how to do this?

All Wits researchers, academics, postgraduate students, library staff and other authors at Wits are encouraged to deposit research material and work related intellectual outputs in WIReDSpace.

To deposit your works in WIReDSpace, please contact your Faculty Librarian first, who will provide advice, training to input material, etc.

For any technical requirements, setting up Collections, statistics of usage, etc., please contact


Who Can Access WIReDSpace?

Any users (e.g. researchers, educators, librarians, organisations, individuals, Government officials and staff, students, literacy trainers, etc.) who search WIReDSpace from the Wits Library Website (via Google or any other search engine) will be able to access and use the material on WIReDSpace at no cost.  Due acknowledgement of the source is required for all material used from WIReDSpace.

Educators may find relevant articles and other works on WIReDSpace to include in teaching material.  Students can also use WIReDSpace for study material, research and other purposes. Researchers can showcase their publications in full-text, open access, on WIReDSpace.

Since material on WIReDSPACE is Open access, you do not require copyright permission to use the material, but you should reference material properly. 

Some Restrictions on WIReDSpace Content

Although WIReDSpace is intended to be an Open Access Repositories, there are instances where items may need to be embargoed, e.g. at the request of publishers or authors during the publication phase; or where the material is confidential, contains sensitive, security-risk, or potentially harmful information, etc.  The material will then be loaded onto WIReDSpace, but access will either be 'suppressed' or only made accessible to the Wits community, depending on the circumstances.  Access can be restricted temporarily or permanently on WIReDSpace.