Digital content management: the search for a content management system

Yan Han (Systems Librarian, University of Arizona Library, Tucson, Arizona, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Publication date: 1 December 2004


Digital content management system is a software system that provides preservation, organization and dissemination services for digital collections. By adapting the systems analysis process, the University of Arizona Library analyzed its needs and developed content management system requirements for finding a suitable information system that addresses the increasing needs of digital content management. Dozens of commercial and open source candidates were examined to match against the requirements. This article provides detailed analysis of three major players (Greenstone, Fedora, and DSpace) in key areas of digital content management: preservation, metadata, access, and system features based on the needs of the University of Arizona Library. This paper describes the process used to analyze and evaluate potential candidates and includes results of analysis to illuminate the process.



Han, Y. (2004), "Digital content management: the search for a content management system", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 355-365.

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