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UF Technologies for Digital Libraries, Digital Curation, Digital Preservation, and Digital Scholarship

SobekCM Open Source Repository Software

UF utilizes and contributes to the Open Source SobekCM Repository Software is the software engine which powers both the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) and the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) digital repositories.

SobekCM allows users to discover online resources via semantic and full-text searches, as well as a variety of different browse mechanisms. For each digital resource in the repository there are a plethora of display options, which may be selected by an appropriately authenticated use. This repository includes online metadata editing and online submissions in support of institutional repositories.

This software was developed at the George A. Smathers Library at the University of Florida by Mark Sullivan, with ongoing effort spanning several departments. Additional user testing, input, and resources have been contributed from other libraries, universities, and archives around Florida, the Caribbean, and beyond. See the credits for more information.

SobekCM is released as open source software under the GNU GPL license and can be downloaded from the SobekCM Software Download Site.

Community and Open Code Sources

The email discussion group below can be useful for users, or potential users, of the SobekCM system. An older list was recently migrated to this new list, so there is not a great amount of historical information here. Nonetheless, it is a great place to report problems or ask questions:

Materials on Highlighted Features

See these materials for more on highlighted features:

Highlighted Features

Some of the outstanding features of this digital library includes:

  • All collections are:
    • Full text searchable
    • Browseable - with browse views by title and thumbnail, and by new items
    • Serve text, image, multimedia, audio, video files, data sets, and more within the same collection
    • Support for multiple file types (text, image, oversized images, video, audio)
    • Powered by rich metadata support, with automatic transformations for maximum interoperability
    • Google-map based searching or map browsing
  • Custom views for items
  • Use of microservices
  • Customization of collections
  • Internationalized/localized interfaces in English, Spanish, and French
  • Integrated support for OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative or OAI)
  • Records for all collections and items:
    • available as METS/MODS, MARCXML, and qualified Dublin Core
    • all formats are accessible online
    • a batch record feed in MARCXML is available
    • all records and feeds include thumbnail icons. Catalogs can show the thumbnails along with records to greatly assist patrons in browsing and reviewing materials
    • RSS feeds for all items and all new items
  • Worldwide reach via Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines
  • Ability to serve a variety of organizational options for objects including:
    • hierarchical groupings allowing collocation by Area, topic, and geographical hierarchies for College, Department
    • monographic, page-turning functionality
    • multiple files connected to one descriptive record
    • one item, one record
    • mapping between various versions of a single work
    • journal volume, issue, title organization
  • Broad, internationally applied description methods using METS/MODS Metadata

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