November 30, 2022

SobekCM for Your Content Management Needs

sobekRecently I had occasion to visit the University of Florida Library’s digital collections. In poking around, I was reminded that they had developed their own content management system called SobekCM. Since it has been under development for a decade, it is a full-featured open source system grounded in library standards such as METS, MODS, Dublin Core, and MARCXML. The software comes with a METS Editor.

For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the software was named after an Egyptian deity. Perhaps the biggest drawback is that it only runs on MS Windows currently, although other options may be available in the future.

Some of its features include:

  • 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
  • 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

More than 100 institutions around the world are using SobekCM. You may wish to as well.

Roy Tennant About Roy Tennant

Roy Tennant is a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research. He is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. His books include "Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow" (2008), "Managing the Digital Library" (2004), "XML in Libraries" (2002), "Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial" (1996), and "Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook" (1993). Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal for a decade and has written numerous articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education. Follow him on Twitter @rtennant.