Open Repository – Repository software survey, March 2009


Name: BioMed Central
Home Page URL:
Type: Commercial
Other (Specify): -

Repository Software Product

Product Name: Open Repository
Product URL:
Latest Version ID: -
Cost: Commercial

Supported Item Types (Storage and rendition)

Documents (pdf, doc, ppt,...): current standard
Images (jpeg, gif, png,...): current standard
Video (mpeg, avi,...): current standard
Audio (mp3, wav,...): current standard
Learning objects (scorm,...): current optional
Other: -
Other (specifics): Websites, CAD drawings, 3D

Thumbnail Previews

Image Files: current standard
Video Files: future optional
PDF & Texts: current standard

User Interface Functions

End-user Deposition: current standard
Built-in PDF Making: current standard
Multi-language Support: current standard

Advanced Searching

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

Browse View Options

Author: Author
Academic Unit: Academic Unit
Subjects: Subjects
Year: Year
Title: Title
Collections: Collections
Other: User defined

Default Subject Classes

LoC Classification: -
LoC Subject Headings: -
DDC: -
UDC: -
Other: Controlled vocabularies can be created in XML

News Feeds

Atom: -

User Validation

Registration Required: current optional
LDAP Authentication: current optional
Athens Authentication: future optional
Shiboleth Authentication: future optional

Statistical Reporting

Top Downloads: current standard
Count of Full Records: current standard

Software Platforms & Dependencies

Operating Systems

Windows: -
Other: Hosted Service


MySQL: -
Oracle: -
PostgreSQL: -
Sybase: -
Other: -
Other (Specifics): Hosted Service

Scripting Languages

PHP: -
JavaScript: -
Other: -
Other (Specifics): -

Metadata Formats

Dublin Core: Dublin Core
Qualified DC: Qualified DC
Other: -

Other Specifications

Other Specifications: Hosted service

Machine-to-Machine Interoperabilty

OAI-PMH: current standard
SWORD: current standard
SWAP: current standard
RoMEO Integration: future optional
Other: -

Administrators' Functions

Bulk Import: current standard
Bulk Export: current standard
Cover Sheet Generation: future optional
Customisable Workflow: current standard

Documentation & Help

Online Manual URL: -
Discussion List: -
Helpline Email:
Phone: (44) 02031922000


Training: Training
Consultancy: Consultancy
Site Visits: Site Visits
Other: This is a hosting service

Exemplar Repositories

1. Name: University of Exeter
2. Name: University of Wolverhampton
3. Name: Médecins Sans Frontières


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Open Repository repositories in OpenDOAR

List of Repositories:
Worldwide Google Map:


  • 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 data sheet has been provided by BioMed Central in response to an RSP survey, and has not necessarily been verified by RSP staff.

March 2009