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Digital Commons

Digital Commons is a hosted institutional repository platform. This hosted service, licensed by bepress, is used by over 300 colleges, universities, law schools, public libraries, and research centers to preserve and showcase their scholarly output and special collections.


Digital Commons is a hosted open access institutional repository and publishing solution, combining traditional institutional repository functionality with tools for peer-reviewed journal publishing,[1] conference management, and multimedia. Digital Commons supports OAI-PMH version 2.0. Metadata is exposed through the OAI. Content published to Digital Commons institutional repositories is optimized for indexing by Google, Google Scholar, and other major search engines.

With Digital Commons institutional repository software, "institutions can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, data sets, images, and a wide variety of other content types."

Digital Commons supports a variety of publication and editorial workflows, as well as peer review. Content is uploaded through batch uploads, by linking to external sites, or via a customizable submit form.

Digital Commons provides user notification tools and options for social sharing. These include RSS feeds and automatic email notification for reports of newly published content, mailing list manager to announce newly published research and social sharing buttons. Digital Commons also provides individual readership statistics to users through its Author Dashboard.

Digital Commons institutional repositories integrate with other bepress software including SelectedWorks and the Digital Commons Network.


In 2002, bepress, then known as the Berkeley Electronic Press, partnered with the California Digital Library to create the eScholarship Repository.

In June 2004, bepress officially launched its Digital Commons institutional repository software at the American Library Association annual conference.

From 2004 to July 2007, Digital Commons was licensed exclusively by ProQuest Information and Learning.

As of July 2007, bepress resumed licensing Digital Commons directly to subscribers. Today, bepress hosts a wide range of content on its 300+ open access Digital Commons repositories.

Digital Commons clients include academic libraries, public libraries, societies and institutes. Digital Commons also provides plans for individual online journals.

Alfresco Software PDF Print E-mail

Alfresco Software

Alfresco is a free/libre enterprise content management system for Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems. Alfresco comes in three flavors:

    1.Alfresco Community Edition is free software, LGPL licensed open source and open standards. It has some important limitations in terms of scalability and availability, since the clustering feature has been removed from the community repository and is only available in the enterprise edition.
    2.Alfresco Enterprise Edition is commercially & proprietary licensed open source, open standards and enterprise scale. Its design is geared towards users who require a high degree of modularity and scalable performance.
    3.Alfresco Cloud Edition (Alfresco in the cloud) is the SaaS version of Alfresco.

Alfresco includes a content repository, an out-of-the-box, web-based user interface for managing and using standard portal content, a CIFS interface that provides file system compatibility on Microsoft Windows and Unix-like operating systems, Lucene and Solr indexing, and Activiti workflow. The Alfresco system is developed using Java technology.
John Newton (co-founder of Documentum) and John Powell (a former COO of Business Objects) founded Alfresco Software, Inc. in 2005. Its investors include the investment firms SAP Ventures, Accel Partners and Mayfield Fund. The original technical staff consisted of principal engineers from Documentum and from Oracle.


OPUS (software) PDF Print E-mail

OPUS (software)

OPUS is an open source software package under the GNU General Public License used for creating Open Access repositories that are compliant with the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. It provides tools for creating collections of digital resources, as well as for their storage and dissemination. It is usually used at universities, libraries and research institutes as a platform for institutional repositories.

OPUS, originally an acronym for the Online Publikationsverbund der Universität Stuttgart, was developed with the support of the Deutsches Forschungsnetz in 1997 and 1998 at the University of Stuttgart. OPUS is used at many universities and library networks. Since December 2010, the Cooperative Library Network of Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV) took over the development and management of the project at the Zuse Institute in Berlin. In Germany, the OPUS software is the most commonly used for the operation of open access repositories (according to a survey carried out in 2012, 77 repositories were based on OPUS). OPUS-based repositories may either be hosted and operated by universities on their own, or as part of hosting services provided by the German library network. The KOBV provides hosting for more than 35 instances of OPUS. Apart from Germany, OPUS is also used in Serbia by two research institutes.

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Fedora (or Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture) PDF Print E-mail

Fedora (or Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture)

Fedora (or Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture) is a digital asset management (DAM)
architecture upon which institutional repositories, digital archives, and digital library systems might be built. Fedora is the underlying architecture for a digital repository, and is not a complete management, indexing, discovery, and delivery application. It is a modular architecture built on the principle that interoperability and extensibility are best achieved by the integration of data, interfaces, and mechanisms (i.e., executable programs) as clearly defined modules.


CDS Invenio PDF Print E-mail

CDS Invenio:

CDS Invenio (formerly CDSware), the integrated digital library system, is a suite of applications which provides the framework and tools for building and managing an autonomous digital library server. The software is readily available to anyone, as it is free software, licensed under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL). The technology offered by the software covers all aspects of digital library management. It complies with the Open Archives Initiative metadata harvesting protocol (OAI-PMH) and uses MARC 21 as its underlying bibliographic standard. Its flexibility and performance make it a comprehensive solution for the management of document repositories of moderate to large size.

Developer: CDS-Invenio is a web based integrated digital library system developed by CERN. CDS Invenio is maintained by, and used at, the CERN Document Server.Know More...

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