Repositories Support Project

 

Repository software survey, March 2009

Product Comparison Table

Click on product name column headings to see individual data sheets with further data, links, and exemplar repositories.

Feature CONTENTdm Digital Commons DigiTool DSpace EPrints EQUELLA Fedora intraLibrary Open Repository VITAL Zentity
Cost: Commercial Commercial Commercial Free Free Commercial Free Commercial Commercial Commercial Free

Supported Item Types (Storage and rendition)

Documents (pdf, doc, ppt,...): current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard
Images (jpeg, gif, png,...): current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard
Video (mpeg, avi,...): current standard current standard current standard current standard current 3rd party current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard
Audio (mp3, wav,...): current standard current standard current standard current standard current 3rd party current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard
Learning objects (scorm,...): future standard - - current optional current 3rd party current standard current standard current standard current optional current 3rd party current standard
Other: - - - Websites, CAD drawings, 3D Easily extensible for other types. Can store & manage all content types Can store & manage all content types - Websites, CAD drawings, 3D - Can store and manage all content types

Thumbnail Previews

Image Files: current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current 3rd party current standard current standard current standard -
Video Files: current standard current standard current standard current standard current 3rd party current 3rd party current 3rd party - future optional current standard -
PDF & Texts: current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current 3rd party - current standard current standard -

User Interface Functions

Feature CONTENTdm Digital Commons DigiTool DSpace EPrints EQUELLA Fedora intraLibrary Open Repository VITAL Zentity
End-user Deposition: current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current 3rd party current standard current standard current standard current standard
Built-in PDF Making: current standard current standard - current 3rd party current standard current standard - - current standard current 3rd party -
Multi-language Support: current standard - current standard current standard current standard current standard current optional current standard current standard current standard current optional

Advanced Searching

Field-specific: Field-specific Field-specific Field-specific Field-specific Field-specific Field-specific Field-specific Field-specific Field-specific Field-specific Field-specific
Boolean logic: Boolean logic Boolean logic Boolean logic Boolean logic - Boolean logic Boolean logic Boolean logic Boolean logic Boolean logic Boolean logic
Sorting options: Sorting options - Sorting options Sorting options Sorting options Sorting options Sorting options Sorting options Sorting options Sorting options Sorting options

Browse View Options

Author: Author Author Author Author Author Author Author - Author Author Author
Academic Unit: Academic Unit - Academic Unit - Academic Unit Academic Unit Academic Unit - Academic Unit Academic Unit Academic Unit
Subjects: Subjects Subjects Subjects - Subjects Subjects Subjects Subjects Subjects Subjects Subjects
Year: Year Year Year Year Year Year Year - Year Year Year
Title: Title Title Title Title Title Title Title - Title Title Title
Collections: - - Collections Collections - Collections Collections - Collections - -
Other: - - - Configurable. Any field can be used for browsing - Configurable. Any field can be used for browsing Latest additions & updates - User defined - Resource Type

Default Subject Classes

LoC Classification: - - - - LoC Classification - - - - - -
LoC Subject Headings: - - - - - - - - - - -
DDC: - - - - - - - DDC - - -
UDC: - - - - - - - - - - -
Other: see List, administrator defined controlled vocabularies Discipline taxonomy - Controlled vocabularies can be created in XML - Supports any user-defined controlled vocabulary or taxonomy Repository administrator choice Any Zthes classfication system can be imported Controlled vocabularies can be created in XML As defined by customer. Defined by customer, & semantic relationships

News Feeds

Feature CONTENTdm Digital Commons DigiTool DSpace EPrints EQUELLA Fedora intraLibrary Open Repository VITAL Zentity
RSS: - RSS - RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS RSS
Atom: - - - - Atom Atom Atom - - Atom Atom

User Validation

Registration Required: current optional current standard current optional current standard current standard current optional - current standard current optional current optional current optional
LDAP Authentication: current optional current standard current standard current optional current standard current optional current optional current standard current optional current standard -
Athens Authentication: current optional - current standard - current 3rd party future optional current 3rd party current standard future optional - -
Shiboleth Authentication: current optional future standard current standard current optional current 3rd party current optional current 3rd party future standard future optional current 3rd party -

Statistical Reporting

Top Downloads: current standard current standard current standard current optional current 3rd party current optional current 3rd party future optional current standard current standard future standard
Count of Full Records: current standard current standard current standard current 3rd party current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard future standard

Software Platforms & Dependencies

Feature CONTENTdm Digital Commons DigiTool DSpace EPrints EQUELLA Fedora intraLibrary Open Repository VITAL Zentity

Operating Systems

LINUX: LINUX - LINUX LINUX LINUX LINUX - LINUX - LINUX -
UNIX: - - UNIX UNIX UNIX UNIX UNIX UNIX - UNIX -
SOLARIS: SOLARIS - SOLARIS SOLARIS SOLARIS SOLARIS SOLARIS SOLARIS - SOLARIS -
Windows: Windows - - Windows - Windows Windows Windows - - Windows
Other: - Hosted Service - Mac Mac Hosting options available - Mac OSX Hosted Service - -

Databases

MySQL: - - - - MySQL - MySQL MySQL - MySQL -
Oracle: - - Oracle Oracle Oracle Oracle - - - Oracle -
PostgreSQL: - - - PostgreSQL - PostgreSQL PostgreSQL - - PostgreSQL -
Sybase: - - - - - - - - - - -
Other: XML/Text based database Hosted Service - - - MS SQL Server. Hosting options MS SQLServer - Hosted Service - MS SQL Server 2008

Scripting Languages

PHP: PHP - - - - - - - - - -
PERL: - - - - PERL - - - - PERL -
JavaScript: - - - - JavaScript JavaScript - JavaScript - JavaScript JavaScript
AJAX: - - - - AJAX AJAX - AJAX - AJAX -
Other: - - - Java - Java Java Java - - -

Metadata Formats

Feature CONTENTdm Digital Commons DigiTool DSpace EPrints EQUELLA Fedora intraLibrary Open Repository VITAL Zentity
Dublin Core: Dublin Core Dublin Core Dublin Core Dublin Core Dublin Core Dublin Core Dublin Core Dublin Core Dublin Core Dublin Core Dublin Core
Qualified DC: Qualified DC Qualified DC Qualified DC Qualified DC Qualified DC Qualified DC Qualified DC - Qualified DC Qualified DC -
METS: - - METS - METS METS METS - - METS METS
MARC: - - MARC - MARC MARC MARC - - MARC -
Other: VRA Core - EAD - - Can hold any metadata format Can hold any metadata format LOM, XCRI, z39.87 MIX, Bib Citation (DC extension), ODRL - EAD, TEI BibTex

Other Specifications

Other Specifications: - Digital Commons is a hosted platform - - Metadata Formats supported through plugins. - Uses RDF Web-based, cross-platform. Firefox 3 & IE 7 supported, but others can be used Hosted service - -

Machine-to-Machine Interoperabilty

Feature CONTENTdm Digital Commons DigiTool DSpace EPrints EQUELLA Fedora intraLibrary Open Repository VITAL Zentity
OAI-PMH: current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current optional current standard current standard current standard current standard
SWORD: - future standard - current standard current standard future standard current 3rd party current standard current standard - current standard
SWAP: - - - future standard current standard future optional current optional - current standard - -
RoMEO Integration: - - - - current optional - - - future optional - -
Other: Z39.50 - - - FTP, WebDAV, Cloud Storage Z39.50, SRW, WebDAV SRU/SRW SRU/SRW - - AtomPub, RDFS, OAI-ORE

Administrators' Functions

Bulk Import: current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard future standard
Bulk Export: current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard - future standard
Cover Sheet Generation: - current standard current 3rd party - current 3rd party - - - future optional - future standard
Customisable Workflow: current standard current standard current standard current optional current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard current standard future standard

Services

Training: Training - Training Training Training Training - Training Training Training Training
Consultancy: Consultancy - Consultancy - Consultancy Consultancy Consultancy Consultancy Consultancy Consultancy Consultancy
Site Visits: Site Visits - Site Visits - Site Visits Site Visits - Site Visits Site Visits Site Visits Site Visits
Other: - This is a hosting service - Many services are offered via our service provider network Building and Hosting Our team offers installation, data migration, project management, hosting, etc User groups - This is a hosting service Installation, data conversion -

Notes

  • Current - Features in the product version that users can download/install and use today.
  • Future - Features that are currently undergoing testing or are planned for a future version.
  • Standard - Features that come "out of the box" and whose removal or disabling would require special effort.
  • Optional - Features that come as part of the normal package but which users must install or enable if they want them.
  • 3rd Party - Features that can be provided using software or add-ins from third party suppliers.
  • [blank] - The product does not have the relevant feature.

The information in this table has been provided by suppliers in response to an RSP survey, and has not necessarily been verified by RSP staff.

This table is also available as a PDF download.