From 22 to 26 November 2010 I participated in Rabat, Morocco, the second school on Digital Libraries organized jointly by CERN and UNESCO and with the supervisor as CNRST Morocco. In this workshop, I discovered the Invenio digital library software developed and used at CERN. We were about thirty participants from 05 African countries: Benin Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal. The format of this course combines lectures on theoretical concepts of digital library and open access on the Web languages and metadata formats and practical work on Invenio, namely, its installation, setup and use.
Invenio is a free suite of software that can manage its own digital library or the documents referenced on the web. The technology provided by the software covers all aspects of managing a digital library, acquisition of material to its release through classification, indexing and preservation. Invenio is compatible with standards such as protocol for collecting metadata Open Archives Initiative ( OAI-PMH ) and uses MARC 21 as the basic format of bibliographic data. The flexibility and performance Invenio make a complete solution for managing document repositories of moderate size or large (up to several million records).
Invenio was originally developed at CERN to be the document server of the institution, the management of over 1,000,000 bibliographic records in high energy physics since 2002, covering articles, books, journals, photos, videos, etc.. . Invenio is co-developed by an international collaboration with institutes such as CERN , DESY , EPFL , FNAL , SLAC and is used by about thirty scientific institutions around the world ( see here ).
It offers several features such as: navigation hierarchical collections, a powerful internal search engine; flexibility in the use of metadata customization possible for the user interface and several export formats.
So many possibilities offered by many existing tools, but what is even more originality Invenio is that it fulfills the functions of an ILS standard (such as debt management, statistics, etc..) extra its main option that is managing a digital library, and even beyond, since it is also to open archive where self-archiving by the user is possible. We are indeed in the presence of a SIGBN (IMIS Digital Library). Longer need this tool to have two or three separate systems, that is to say an ILS operations library and classic documentaries (eg, BMP or Koha ), a digital library management (eg, Greenstone ) and a repository management system (eg, DSpace )
For more details see the documentation in English until a probable translation in French.
This is another tool that enriches the family of Open Source library systems but is nevertheless deployable in a Linux environment.