Zentity – Repository software survey, November 2010


Name: Microsoft Research
Home Page URL: http://research.microsoft.com
Type: Commercial
Other (Specify): -

Repository Software Product

Product Name: Zentity
Product URL: http://research.microsoft.com/zentity
Latest Version ID
(October 2010)
License Cost: Free
Product Type: Software


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

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: current optional
Other (specifics): Flexible content type definitions

Metadata Formats

Dublin Core: Dublin Core
Qualified DC: -
Other: Others can be defined by customer (including relationships)

Thumbnail Previews

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

User Interface Functions

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

Format conversion

Convert To PDF: future standard
To PDF from: docx
Convert To PDF-A: -
To PDF-A from: -
Convert To XML: future optional
To XML from: .doc; .docx, .odt

Advanced Searching

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

Browse View Options

Author: Author
Academic Unit: Academic Unit
Subjects: Subjects
Year: Year
Title: -
Collections: Collections
Other: Network graph explorer and Live Labs Pivot views

Default Subject Classes

LoC Classification: -
LoC Subject Headings: -
DDC: -
UDC: -
Controlled Vocabularies: -
Other: As defined by customer


Atom: Atom
Twitter: -
Other Syndication Options: OData

User Validation

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

Web 2.0

Tagging: current standard
Comments: future optional
Ratings: future optional
Reviews: future optional
Bookmarks: future optional
Share this...: future optional
Other Web 2.0 Details: -

Statistical Reporting

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

Software Platforms & Dependencies

Operating Systems

Windows: Windows
Mac OS X: -
Other: -


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

Scripting Languages

Java: -
PHP: -
JavaScript: JavaScript
Other: .NET

Other Specifications

Other Specifications: -

Machine-to-Machine Interoperabilty

OAI-PMH: current standard
OAI-ORE: current standard
SWORD: current standard
RDF: -
RoMEO Integration: -
OAI-PMH Harvesting: -
Other: RDFS

Administrators' Functions

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

Documentation & Help

Online Manual URL: http://research.microsoft.com/apps/pubs/default.aspx?id=80867
Discussion List: http://community.research.microsoft.com/forums/90.aspx
Helpline Email: irplat@microsoft.com
Phone: -


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

Exemplar Repositories

1. Name: -
URL: -
2. Name: -
URL: -
3. Name: -
URL: -


: -

Zentity repositories in OpenDOAR

List of Repositories: http://www.opendoar.org/find.php?rSoftWareName=Zentity&format=titles&step=50
Worldwide Google Map: http://www.opendoar.org/find.php?rSoftWareName=Zentity&format=gmap


  • 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 Microsoft Research in response to an RSP survey, and has not necessarily been verified by RSP staff.