Repository and Associated Software

Maureen Molly Knapp
Reference Librarian, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Libraries - New Orleans


Open-source, award-winning software from University of Illinois for archivists and manuscript curators. It automatically publishes archival descriptive information and digital archival objects in a user-friendly website.

BePress DigitalCommons
Full service, commercial digital repository platform from Berkeley Electronic Press.

OCLC's commercial platform for digital libraries. "High-performance storage and retrieval software for multimedia collections".

Commercial digital collections platform from Exlibris.

Open-source digital repository software developed at MIT. "DSpace captures, stores, indexes, preserves and redistributes an organization's research material in digital formats." The MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard (HP) jointly developed DSpace. The system is now freely available to research institutions world-wide as an open source system that can be customized and extended.

University of Michigan Digital Library eXtension Service (DLXS) provides the foundation and the framework for educational and non-profit institutions to fully develop their digital library collections. Participating institutions include the National Library of Medicine and The Getty Research Institute. Basic DLXS and searching is open-source and free, but a more robust search platform is available commercially.

Open-source and commercial institutional repository platforms and support. Developed at the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK.

Fedora Commons
Fedora open-source software, a robust integrated repository-centered platform, enables the storage, access and management of virtually any kind of digital content. Fedora Commons is a non-profit organization providing sustainable technologies to create, manage, publish, share and preserve digital content.

Open-source, multilingual digital library platform from UNESCO

Commercial digital archive management from SirsiDynix.

Innovative Interfaces – Digital Asset Management
Commercial programs from Innovative: Content Pro, Symposium, MetaData Builder, Media Management.

InMagic Presto
Commercial platform for managing internal digital assets.

Commercial institutional repository solution from VTLS. Built on Fedora™, this software is designed to simplify the development of digital object repositories and to provide seamless online search and retrieval of information for administrative staff, contributing faculty and end-users.

Associated Software


Directory of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software from Wikipedia

Websites and Articles

Association of Research Libraries – Digital Repositories
Page of resources for repository information.

Census of Institutional Repositories in the United States - MIRACLE Project Research Findings
Results of a nationwide census of institutional repositories in U.S. academic institutions. From CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources).

Carpe Diem: Establish an Institutional Repository for Your Organization
Written for law librarians, provides an excellent info and links to more information for smaller libraries or solo librarians. (By Carol A. Watson, published on December 24, 2007 on

Creating an Institutional Repository: LEADIRS Workbook
The Learning About Digital Institutional Repositories Seminars program (LEADIRS) aims to describe and illustrate how to build an online institutional repository. From MIT with sponsorship from the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI).

Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication

Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka for the Association of Research Libraries - November 2008.

Digital Preservation Management
Online tutorial, developed by Cornell University Library, about Digital Preservation and the implementation of short-term strategies for long-term problems.

Guidelines, Standards and Technical Papers
Collection of useful papers on digitization from the BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research).

NARA Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access

Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files.

Open Archives Initiative
The Open Archives Initiative develops and promotes interoperability standards that aim to facilitate the efficient dissemination of content. OAI has its roots in the open access and institutional repository movements.

Repository Resources from SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition
Publications, articles, and presentations related to repositories, discussion lists, open-source software and other supporting organizations.

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