Tools

  • Content Management Systems: Archivist’s Toolkit

    The first open source archival data management system to provide broad, integrated support for the management of archives. Superseded in September 2013 by the ArchivesSpace application, though users may continue to use the software with support only from user communities.

  • Content Management Systems: Archon

    Automatically publishes archival descriptive information and digital archival objects in a user-friendly website; development efforts merging with Archivist’s Tookit to form ArchivesSapce in September 2013.

  • Content Management Systems: ArchivesSpace

    An open-source web application to manage descriptive information for archives, manuscripts, and digital objects, building on features of Archon and Archivists Toolkit

  • Content Management Systems: DSpace

    Open Archive Initiative (OAI)-compliant Open Source software released by MIT for archiving e-prints and other kinds of academic content

  • Database Software: PostgreSQL

    object-relational database system; has features of traditional proprietary database systems with enhancements to be found in next-generation database management systems

  • Music Notation: Variations

    digital music library software that provides online access to streaming audio and scanned score images with a flexible access control framework to ensure respect for intellectual property

  • Music Notation: MusicXML

    designed to represent musical scores in common Western musical notation; has interchange format for notation, performance, analysis, and retrieval

  • Programming: Hydrangea

    software stack that enables the creation, retrieval, updating, and deletion of digital content through a user-friendly repository interface that can be adapted and extended to deal with multiple content types

  • Programming: OpenWMS

    workflow management system for digital objects; provides a complete metadata creation system for analog and digital materials with services to ingest objects and metadata into a Fedora repository and to export these objects and metadata, individually and in bulk, in a METS/XML wrapper

  • Programming: Perl

    computer programming language designed for multi-tasking and real-time programming

  • Programming: python

    interpreted, interactive, object-oriented, extensible programming language; there is also pymarc for analyzing and editing MARC records

  • Programming: Solr

    Open Source digital repository based on the Apache Lucene Java search library

Content Management

  • ArchivesSpace
    • An open-source web application to manage descriptive information for archives, manuscripts, and digital objects, building on features of Archon and Archivists Toolkit
  • CONTENTdm
    • digital collection management software offering storage and retrieval software for multimedia collections
  • Digital Commons
    • Open Access suite of tools and services that enables institutions to manage, display, and publish scholarship to the web (institutional repository software)
  • Drupal
    • Open Source content management system
  • DSpace
    • Open Archive Initiative (OAI)-compliant Open Source software released by MIT for archiving e-prints and other kinds of academic content
  • Insight (LUNA)
    • used to build, manage and share digital collections of any size
  • MediaMonkey
    • media contents management software with strong metadata management support; an alternative to iTunes
  • Sonic Visualizer
    • application for inspecting and analyzing the contents of music audio files
  • Avalon
    • digital music library software that provides online access to streaming audio and scanned score images with a flexible access control framework to ensure respect for intellectual property

Databases

  • eXist-db
    • Open Source repository and retrieval engine for XML documents
  • MySQL
    • Open Source database management system
  • PostgresSQL
    • object-relational database system; has features of traditional proprietary database systems with enhancements to be found in next-generation database management systems

Metadata Management

  • PowerCenter (Informatica)
    • web-based repository designed for use in metadata management; provides the capability to capture data definitions
  • AudioTagger
    • manages audio metadata in batch or individually; supports a variety of audio file formats
  • BWF MetaEdit
    • performs embedding, validating, and exporting of metadata in Broadcast WAVE Format (BWF) files
  • ExifTool
    • command-line application for reading, writing, and editing metadata in a variety of file formats
  • MarcEdit
    • windows-based MARC editing tool and converter
  • Mp3tag
    • batch tool for editing, cover art, and import/export of embedded audio metadata
  • MusicBrainz Picard
    • music metadata management software – the “official MusicBrainz tagger”
  • oXygen
    • XML editor
  • Solr
    • Open Source digital repository based on the Apache Lucene Java search library
  • Sonic Annotator
    • batch tool for feature extraction and annotation of audio files
  • XMetaL
    • XML-based software for structured authoring and content collaboration
  • XTF (eXtensible Text Framework)
    • powerful Open Source platform for providing access to digital content

Programming

  • Django
    • Python web framework
  • Perl
    • computer programming language designed for multi-tasking and real-time programming
  • PHP
    • server-side scripting language designed for web development
  • python
    • interpreted, interactive, object-oriented, extensible programming language; there is also pymarc for analyzing and editing MARC records

Other Software

  • Fedora
    • Open Source digital repository software
  • Finale
    • music notation software
  • Greenstone
    • suite of Open Source software for building and distributing digital library collections
  • NoteTab Pro
    • text and HTML editor; there is also a “light” version for free
  • Sibelius
    • music notation software
  • Siebel
    • customer-relationship management software