EPrints is an open access digital repository software, which is intended to create a highly configurable web-based repository. The EPrints organisation also provides a number of services, including hosting, customization, importing legacy data, providing training and support, advising on policy development, assisting with advocacy and promotion, and providing project management.
University of Southampton
Licensing and cost
Gnu Public License (GPL) - free
EPrints 3.3.7 was released in December 2011. Development is ongoing as of writing.
Platform and interoperability
EPrints is written in Perl. It was developed on Redhat Linux, but it can be used on UNIX-like systems including OS-X. It also runs on Windows Vista and XP. EPrints is able to export data into BibTeX, refer, EndNote & other bibliography managers, as well as Google Earth, Similie TimeLine or other Web Services.
The EPrints data model consists of three core objects: the EPrint, the Document, and the User. Users have stated that this allows the creation of more complex hierarchies than with other repository software. EPrints does not automatically support Handle.
Documentation and user support
EPrints Services offers fee-based support for repositories. The EP-Tech mailing list offers free support and discussion about EPrints; however, it is unclear how active this mailing list is. The site also links to a bug-tracker. The EPrints website offers extensive documentation via a wiki, including an installation manual, user guide, and training materials. While much of the information is up-to-date and clearly organised, a recent migration (as of November 2011) has left a number of the pages with error messages, or notices that the material “needs sorting out”.
An installation script automates most of the installation processes. Development for version 3 included an extensive usability analysis, which resulted in substantial redesign of the metadata entry process. A key component is the new auto-complete function.
Installation and configuration greatly benefit from system administration knowledge, as well as a deep understanding of repository structures and workflows.
EPrints is OAI compliant. It provides support for METS, Dublin Core and other DL interoperability formats.
Influence and take-up
EPrints is widely used in European archives and repositories. Organisations using EPrints include University College London Research, the Glasgow Theses Services, and the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.