Easy to use, relatively inexpensive digital management system
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November 14, 2016

Easy to use, relatively inexpensive digital management system

Score 5 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with CONTENTdm

CONTENTdm is being used by the university library, especially by the Special Collections and University Archives department, to manage the library's digital collections.
  • Relatively easy to use for staff to manage collections, without complex workflows.
  • The end-user interface is friendly, a user can easily navigate around the image with zooming, panning, etc. There is a built-in video player, which is nice.
  • The product is relatively inexpensive.
  • It is easy to implement and maintain.
  • As a digital asset management system, one would expect the capability of managing preservation, which CONTENTdm lacks.
  • Lack of batch updating and other advanced metadata management capabilities.
  • The usage statistics does not work, and the company is not planning to fix it, at least based the interaction with tech support staff. Customers were referred to use Google Analytics.
  • It helped us to get started with our digital collections projects at a relatively low cost.
  • As our needs grew, it became apparent that we needed something more powerful, and that provides better workflows and better statistics and is able to handle the whole life cycle of digitation projects.
We are evaluating Hydra, Islandora
CONTENTdm is well-suited for smaller organizations as a simple solution to present a digital collection on the web. If your need is complex and requires digital preservation as part of the workflow, it may not be the best solution.