February 6, 2012

Open Source Options for Operating Digital Libraries

Posted in Digital Libraries tagged , , , , at 5:22 am by mknight1130

On Friday, I travel to Salem to speak with Bill, at Willamette University . We talk about the technical tools that are used to create and manage a digital library. To track and catalog artifacts and images, Bill recommends ContentDM. To archive thesis and papers, suggests DSpace.  DSpace is an open source application, meaning it is free for distribution and can be modified, since the source code is readily available. Open source applications, such as D-space, are an attractive option, as it can cost less to use than proprietary software. This got me thinking. What other open source software are available to assist managing digital collections.

Bill LeFurgy, of the Library of Congress, recommends several open source tools in his blog post “Supporting Open Source Tools for Digital Preservation and Access“, at http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2011/12/supporting-open-source-tools-for-digital-preservation-and-access/. His blog links to 31 open source programs geared towards digital preservation, including those assisting metadata creation (labeling digital objects for easier retrieval), managing submissions to digital repository, and facilitating storage. Bill also lists several tools contributed by the Library of Congress and refers to several ongoing initiatives. This is a meaty blog post.

Naresh Sarwan reviews 15 open source software used to manage digital assets, in the blog post “Review of Available Open Source DAM Software” , at http://www.opensourcedigitalassetmanagement.org/reviews/available-open-source-dam/.  The reviewer concentrates on web-based and OSI approved options. The options towards the end, under the heading “Preservation” may be of most interest to librarians.  The blog describes who developed, the strengths of, and the framework of the applications. In addition, the blog provides links to download the open source applications and the licensing requirements. This post provides a good overview as to what Digital Archive Management options are out there and a realistic appraisal of them.

Open Source solutions for digital collections look very promising. It is an exciting time to learn and play with these tools.