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Digital Initiatives Tools & Interfaces

READ Poster: Kathy Drozd, Minitex.

READ Poster: Kathy Drozd, Minitex.

Below you will find selected links to information about digital content management systems and digital repository software. The examples listed under the heading "Digital Content Management Systems" are used primarily by cultural heritage institutions to store, describe, and provide access to digital collections. The examples listed under the heading "Digital Repository Software" are primarily used in academic libraries who are involved in building institutional repositories of their institution's papers, theses, and other born digital works.

Digital Content Management Systems


OCLC CONTENTdm is software that handles the storage, management, and delivery of digital collections across the web. CONTENTdm stores images, newspapers, books, maps, slide libraries, or audio/video.

Who Uses CONTENTdm?

All types of cultural heritage institutions (archives, special collections, libraries, historical societies) and digital collaboratives. CONTENTdm can also be used as a digital repository for an institution's faculty and/or student papers, theses, and other born digital materials.

CONTENTdm Resources and Community

You can find support resources on the CONTENTdm website. You will need to register as a user to view the "User" section of the website. Once registered, you can view tutorials, help files, installation guides, and web templates. There are in-person and virtual CONTENTdm User Group meetings each year. Visit the links below to receive information about regional user group meetings.

TMS (The Museum System)

Available from Gallery Systems, TMS is a Collection Management System that captures, manages, and provides access to museum collections.

Who Uses TMS?

Primarily used by the museum community. Here are a few institutions in the Minitex region that use TMS:


Software used to catalog and manage archives, library collections, historic objects, art objects, natural history, archaeology, and photograph collections. While the PastPerfect Basic Program does not include the ability to attach images, there is an optional feature one can purchase separately.

Who Uses PastPerfect?

Primarily used by historical societies and museums. Visit the client list for examples of who is using the software.

Digital Repository Software


Originally developed at MIT, DSpace is an open source software used for building digital repositories. DSpace preserves and provides access to various types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs, and data sets.

Who Uses DSpace?

Academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations are using DSpace. Visit the DSpace website to browse the list of users.


Greenstone is an open source option for building and providing access to digital library collections. Greenstone is produced by the New Zealand Digital Library Project at the University of Waikato.

Who Uses Greenstone?

Universities, libraries, and other public service institutions use Greenstone. If you're looking for specific examples of Greenstone implementations, visit the Greenstone website.

Fedora Commons Repository Software

Originally developed at Cornell University, Fedora Commons is another open source software option available for building digital repositories.

Who Uses Fedora Commons Repository Software?

Consortia, museums, university libraries and archives, government agencies, national and public libraries and archives use Fedora. View the Fedora Commons registry for more information.

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Minnesota Reflections

Minnesota Reflections is an online collection of more than 54,000 photographs, maps, journals, documents, and more.