The British Columbia Digital
Digital Library Construction Tools:
See also Standards for links
to eBook software E-Reference
Services for virtual reference software.
Software Guides and Directories
- LOOKSEE: Resources
for Image-Based Humanities Computing (Maintained by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
hosted by the collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities at the
University of Kentucky).
- Jump to OSS4LIB (Open Source Systems for Libraries).
Portal. This open source software in libraries portal is " a combination directory/webliography of OSS projects and information resources
designed for and useful in library settings." Date accessed: 2002-10-08.
Date added: 2002-10-08.
- UNESCO Free Software Portal. Date accessed: 2005-03-17. Date added: 2005-03-17.
This is only a partial list of free and/or open source software.
- Apache Open Source Software (Apache Software
Foundation). The best known product is the Apache HTTP Server Project.
Digital Library SunSITE (University of California, Berkeley) provides
access to software tools and support information for building digital
- Bibliographic Protocol (BibP) Client-Server Software see
- CommPort (Community Portal
Generator Telecommunities Canada) was developed as open source software for
the creation of customizable community information portal systems. Version 1.0
was released on June 16, 2000.
(Vendor: Cornell Digital Library Research Group). Dienst evolved into DPubS. Date accessed: 2007-08-07. Date updated: 2007-08-07.
- dLibra Digital Library Framework
(Vendor: Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center, Poznan, Poland). Date
accessed: 2004-03-06. Date added: 2004-03-06.
- DPubS (Digital Publishing System). Cornell University Library, in partnership with the Pennsylvania State University Libraries and Press, July 2004-. DPubS evolved from Dienst. Version 2.0 released as open source under the Educational Community License in October 2006. DPubS is " designed to enable the organization, presentation, and delivery of
scholarly journals, monographs, conference proceedings, and other
common and evolving means of academic discourse." Date accessed: 2007-08-07. Date added: 2007-08-07.
- DSpace. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology   Palo  Alto,  CA:  Hewlett-Packard Development Company.  Summary: " DSpace is a groundbreaking digital library system that captures, stores,
indexes, preserves and redistributes the intellectual output of a university’s
research faculty in digital formats. Developed jointly by MIT Libraries and Hewlett-Packard (HP), DSpace is
now freely available to research institutions worldwide as an open source
system that can be customized and extended." DSpace is a category of digital library software known as institutional repository software. Date accessed: 2004-10-04. Date added: 2004-10-04.
- ePublishing Toolkit (ePubTk). Germany: Max Planck Digital Library. Open source publishing system originally developed for the Living Reviews open access online journal series. Date accessed: 2007-08-07. Date added: 2007-08-07.
- eprints.org software
(Vendor: University of Southampton, UK). Developed at the Electronics and Computer
Science Department of the University of
Southampton, this software is part of the Open
Citation Project (OpCit) which utilizes the Open Archives Initiative (OAI).
Date added: 2001-12.18.
- eFirstXML (Vendor: Openly
Designed for the publication of scholarly and scientific journals on the
Web, several components of this software are available.  Date added: 2001-12.22.
- Evergreen. Atlanta, GA: Georgia Public Library Service. Open source integrated library management system suitable for enterprise-level libraries. Initially designed with public libraries in mind, modules are under development by academic libraries suitable for use by those types of libraries. Some public libraries in British Columbia have implemented the system under an umbrella name, British Columbia Pines. Date accessed: 2008-01-11. Date added: 2008-01-11.
- Fedora. Not to be confused with RedHat Fedora, a Linux operating system, this Fedora is open source software for managing a digital or institutional repository. It is one of the competitors of DSpace. Date accessed: 2007-08-07. Date added: 2007-08-07.
Digital Library Software (Vendor: New Zealand Digital Library
Project, University of Waikato). Open Source software for
organizing digital collections and making them accessible via the Internet/Web
or on CD-ROMs. NZDL will also convert small digital collections using
Greenstone Software. Other software is also available for download. Alternate
download site: http://sourceforge.net/projects/greenstone
Date updated: 2001-12-20.
- Koha Open Source Library System
(Horowhenua Library Trust and Katipo Communications Ltd, New Zealand) is an
open source, free integrated library management system available (as of May
2001) only on the Linux platform. The system is designed to work with the
Apache Web server and mySQL. On February 22, 2007, Liblime, a company specializing in open source software for libraries and which provided commercial support for Koha, announced it was acquiring Koha from Katipo Communications Ltd. Koha is also available as a download from Liblime. Date accessed: 2007-08-07. Date updated: 2007-08-07.
- MDID (Madison Digital
Image Database), developed by James Madison University, this product was
designed  for " managing digital image collections and tools for integrating digital images into
the teaching and learning process." Version 2 was released on July 30,
2004. An online demo is available. System requirements: " MDID 2 is an ASP.NET web application using IIS on Windows 2000 or 2003 Server.
Supported databases are MySQL 4 and Microsoft SQL Server 2000." Date accessed:
2004-08-06. Date added: 2004-08-06.
Engine Project (METAe). Co-ordinated by the University of Innsbruck,
Multinational European and United States research project (2000-2003) to produce
open-source software for producing and managing metadata (descriptive information) and the
text itself from digital facsimiles. Date updated: 2002-09-08.
- mySQL (MySQL
AB to be purchased by Sun Microsystems, January 2008) is a popular relational database management system which operates on
several operating system platforms, including Windows and Linux,
and which utilizes the Structured Query Language (SQL).
- NewGenLib is an open source, integrated library management system created in India for the developing world. Date accessed: 2008-01-26. Date added: 2008-01-26.
- Open Journal Systems. Vancouver, BC: Public Knowledge Project (Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia). Open source software designed for the management and publication of peer-reviewed, online Open Access journals. Date accessed: 2007-08-07. Date added: 2007-08-07.
(Open Source Systems for Libraries hosted by SourceForge.net), established by
Dan Chudnov in 1999, maintains a listing of free software and
systems designed for libraries.
- Perl is a
server-side, cross-platform scripting/programming language. A Perl database
interface for mySQL databases is available.
- PHP (The PHP
Group) is a server-side, cross-platform scripting/programming language which
includes functions for handling mySQL databases and
integration with the Apache Web server.
- PKP Open Archives Harvester. Vancouver, BC: Public Knowledge Project (Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia). Open source software designed for the harvesting and creation of a metadata index from Open Archives Initative-compliant digital resources. Date accessed: 2007-08-07. Date added: 2007-08-07.
- PostgreSQL is another popular relational database management system that operates on several operating systems, including Windows and Linux, and which utilizes the Structured Query Language (SQL). Date accessed: 2005-05-23. Date added: 2005-05-23.
- ResCarta Toolkit. La Crosse, Wisconsin: ResCarta Foundation, 2006-. An open source application suite written in Java, this software is " designed to build and organize ResCarta-compliant data from your digital collections of monographs and serials." Date accessed: 2007-02-10. Date added: 2007-02-10. Date updated: 2008-05-18.
- ROADS Software was
" originally developed as part of the UK Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib)" .
The software requires the Perl scripting/programming language and is used to
create Yahoo!-like directories.
- Scout Portal Toolkit. Madison: Internet Scout Project, University of Wisconsin. Free software for creating Yahoo!-like directories. The British Columbia History Portal operates with this software. Date accessed: 2007-08-07. Date added: 2007-08-07.
- UNESCO Free Software Portal.
- Zope, originally created in 1996
by Digital Creations, Inc., is an open source, cross-platform Web application
server with an integrated transactional object database. Zope can also be
integrated with Microsoft Office 2000, the Apache Web server, and includes support for
accessing external databases such as mySQL.
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