CONTENTdm – Repository software survey, November 2010


Name: OCLC (UK) Ltd
Home Page URL:
Type: Not-for-profit
Other (Specify): -

Repository Software Product

Product Name: CONTENTdm
Product URL:
Latest Version ID
(October 2010)
Version 5.4
License Cost: Commercial
Product Type: Software


Free (community) Support: -
Free (direct) Support: -
Not-for-profit Paid Support: -
Commercial Paid Support: Commercial
Update Cost (minor revisions): With support
Update Cost (major revisions): With support

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,...): future standard
Other: -
Other (specifics): -

Metadata Formats

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

Thumbnail Previews

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

User Interface Functions

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

Format conversion

Convert To PDF: current standard
To PDF from: -
Convert To PDF-A: -
To PDF-A from: -
Convert To XML: -
To XML from: -

Advanced Searching

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

Browse View Options

Author: Author
Academic Unit: Academic Unit
Subjects: -
Year: Year
Title: Title
Collections: Collections
Other: -

Default Subject Classes

LoC Classification: -
LoC Subject Headings: -
DDC: -
UDC: -
Controlled Vocabularies: -
Other: See Full List. Administrator defined controlled vocabularies


RSS: -
Atom: -
Twitter: -
Other Syndication Options: User customisation would make various syndication methods possible

User Validation

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

Web 2.0

Tagging: -
Comments: -
Ratings: -
Reviews: -
Bookmarks: -
Share this...: -
Other Web 2.0 Details: A major upgrade to the CONTENTdm user inrterface will be released later in 2010 which will make many of the listed Web 2.0 functions possible. See sandbox for more detail

Statistical Reporting

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

Software Platforms & Dependencies

Operating Systems

Windows: Windows
Mac OS X: -
Other: -


MySQL: -
Oracle: -
PostgreSQL: -
Microsoft SQL Server: -
Cloud Storage: -
Other: Other
Other (Specifics): XML/Text based database

Scripting Languages

Java: -
JavaScript: -
Other: -

Other Specifications

Other Specifications: -

Machine-to-Machine Interoperabilty

OAI-PMH: current standard
RDF: -
RoMEO Integration: -
OAI-PMH Harvesting: -
Other: Z39.50

Administrators' Functions

Bulk Import: current standard
Bulk Export: current standard
Cover Sheet Generation: -
Customisable Workflow: current standard

Documentation & Help

Online Manual URL:
Discussion List:
Helpline Email:
Phone: 0114 281 6042


Training: Training
Consultancy: Consultancy
Site Visits: Site Visits
Other: -

Exemplar Repositories

1. Name: Warwick University Library
2. Name: The First World War Poetry Digital Archive
3. Name: University of Leicester


: The CONTENTdm discussion list linked from is open to existing licensees only

CONTENTdm 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.

Note on Fedora. Fedora is a toolkit that provides an architecture for the development of repository software and not a repository package as such. This is reflected in the answers to some questions. See the Fedora Remarks for more details.

Note on hosted services. While hosted services are built on particular technologies they do not in general expose these technologies to the end user. This will be refelected in the answers to 'platform' based questions

The information in this data sheet has been provided by OCLC (UK) Ltd in response to an RSP survey, and has not necessarily been verified by RSP staff.