Software Survey 2010

Some officers studying a map of newly captured ground

Today we have made public the results of our 2010 survey of repository sofware.  We first carried out this survey in March 2009 so this November 2010 version shows the changes that the software vendors have made over the last 18 months or so.

The March 2009 survey was carried out alongside our Software Day event at which most of the major repository software vendors were exhibiting and talking. We asked those vendors to complete a questionnaire containing detailed questions on the functionality and technology of their solutions. The survey covered areas such as:

  • Supported Item Types
  • User Interface Functions
  • User Validation
  • Software Platforms & Dependencies
  • Machine-to-Machine Interoperability
  • Administrators’ Functions
  • Documentation & Help
  • Services
  • Exemplar Repositories

The results of the original survey are still available.

The 2010 survey covers the following repository software applications: CONTENTdm, Digital Commons, DigiTool, DSpace, EPrints, EQUELLA Repository, Fedora, Islandora/ Fedora, intraLibrary, Open Repository and Microsoft Zentity.

In updating the survey we wanted to allow the vendors to show how they have adopted new technologies. This included a few small tweaks, such as adding ‘Cloud’ to the list of storage options but is perhaps most obvious in the addition of a new section on Web 2.0.

We’ve also gone into more detail on the costs of the solutions. While this doesn’t give prices for commercial systems it does indicate more clearly the potential ongoing support and update costs. Hopefull this will allow repository managers to get a better idea of the potential TCO of the solutions.

We hope that this will prove to be a useful resource for the repository community and welcome any feedback on the survey.

Image credit: National Library of Scotland

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About Rob Ingram
Rob Ingram is the Technical Officer for the Repositories Support Project offering technical advice and support to UK repository networks.

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