Digital Commons – Repository software survey, November 2010


Name: Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress)
Home Page URL:
Type: Commercial
Other (Specify): -

Repository Software Product

Product Name: Digital Commons
Product URL:
Latest Version ID
(October 2010)
Version 6.9
License Cost: Commercial
Product Type: Hosted service


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

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 standard
Other: -
Other (specifics): Digital Commons stores and makes available for download any discrete file type

Metadata Formats

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

Thumbnail Previews

Image Files: current standard
Video Files: future standard
PDF & Texts: future 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: .doc, .rtf
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: Subjects
Year: Year
Title: Title
Collections: Collections
Other: Digital Commons supports custom view options

Default Subject Classes

LoC Classification: -
LoC Subject Headings: -
DDC: -
UDC: -
Controlled Vocabularies: Controlled Vocabularies
Other: Digital Commons supports custom vocabularies


Atom: -
Twitter: -
Other Syndication Options: -

User Validation

Registration Required: current standard
LDAP Authentication: current standard
Athens Authentication: -
Shiboleth Authentication: -

Web 2.0

Tagging: -
Comments: current 3rd party
Ratings: -
Reviews: current standard
Bookmarks: current standard
Share this...: current standard
Other Web 2.0 Details: -

Statistical Reporting

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

Software Platforms & Dependencies

Operating Systems

Windows: -
Mac OS X: -
Other: -


MySQL: -
Oracle: -
PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL
Microsoft SQL Server: -
Cloud Storage: -
Other: -
Other (Specifics): -

Scripting Languages

Java: -
PHP: -
JavaScript: -
Other: -

Other Specifications

Other Specifications: -

Machine-to-Machine Interoperabilty

OAI-PMH: current standard
RDF: -
RoMEO Integration: -
OAI-PMH Harvesting: -
Other: -

Administrators' Functions

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

Documentation & Help

Online Manual URL:
Discussion List:
Helpline Email:
Phone: +1-510-665-1200 ext 3


Training: Training
Consultancy: Consultancy
Site Visits: -
Other: standard licensing includes implementation, design and customisation

Exemplar Repositories

1. Name: DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska - Lincoln
2. Name: DigitalCommons@Utah State University
3. Name: Glyndŵr University Research Online


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Digital Commons 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 Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) in response to an RSP survey, and has not necessarily been verified by RSP staff.