VREs (Virtual Research Environments)

Please note: As of March 2021, the VRE program is on a temporary hiatus from any new projects. This hiatus is due to strains on our staff and resources, we hope to be able to offer the option for new applications in the future. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Donald Moses


The Robertson Library's VRE (or Virtual Research Environment) services bring cutting-edge, web-based research and collaboration tools to UPEI researchers and administrative groups. Currently, the Robertson Library maintains approximately 50 VREs built on our homegrown, open-source Islandora software, which leverages the experience and ability of an international community of users and developers and is based on current best practices for data management.

The VREs extend Robertson Library's commitment to the principles of open and accessible information for the betterment of local, national, and international communities of learning and teaching. For this reason, access to our source code is unrestricted. Whoever would benefit or chooses to contribute to the software has access. We also expect that UPEI Faculty and Staff taking advantage of the VRE services will make their research and collections available to the public where it is appropriate.