VILLANOVA, Pa. (April 6, 2011) - The Technology Development team at Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library announces the official alpha launch of their open source digital library management software, VuDL (http://vudl.org). With VuDL, you can store, manipulate, display and make discoverable your digital collections.
Most digital library software packages are targeted at either small/specific collections or very large/very complicated collections. The former may not have the functionality to describe your objects properly; the latter, too many options and therefore needless complexity. VuDL is designed to be somewhere in the middle: flexible enough to describe different ranges of objects, while small enough to diminish technical overhead.
The simple-to-use Digital Library Administration application is powered by all open source technologies, and provides a METS metadata editor, service image generation tools, XML database repository, and a built-in OAI server.
The core of VuDL's application is powered by Orbeon Forms, a powerful XML/XForms processor. eXist (a native XML database) and the server's file system combine to support the data and image repository.
VuDL's public interface is powered by VuFind (http://vufind.org), an Open Source discovery layer developed and managed by Villanova University. VuFind is currently in use in academic and research libraries in 12 countries, including the National Library of Australia and the London School of Economics.
Villanova is actively seeking development partners! VuDL is offered for free through the GPL open source license. For more information and to download the software, visit http://www.vudl.org.