May 31, 2012
Innovative Launches Content Pro IRX
New Institutional Repository Solution Puts Library at the Center of Knowledge Management
Emeryville, CA—Innovative Interfaces announced today that development for its new institutional repository module, Content Pro IRX, is complete and several library partners will begin beta testing this month. Innovative will offer IRX as an optional add-on module to Content Pro, its digital asset management system.
Content Pro IRX drastically simplifies the management of an institution's digital collections by providing a central store for institutional documents, academic research, special collections, and archival materials. "IRX will stitch together all the disparate collections scattered around your institution into a quilt that showcases its intellectual output,"says Lisa Conrad, Product Manager. "Using multiple repositories for different types of material can be a headache to manage. IRX keeps everything in one centralized place."
IRX handles any digital file format, including documents, images, video, and audio. An elegant, intuitive, and thoroughly modern Web interface includes multiple embedded media viewers to make files easily accessible to users. The wizard submission form for uploading files makes it easy for anyone to contribute to the repository, so individual departments can manage any or all of their production, freeing up system administration needs.
A hierarchical architecture gives each institution the flexibility to set up the structure that works best for them. Multiple levels of access provide control over who accesses which collections. Confidential documents remain confidential, and theses, dissertations, and other copyrighted materials can be viewable only by the institution's community, while special collections can be exposed to the world.
Full integration with the Encore discovery platform (and all OAI-PMH-compliant systems) exposes collections to users across the Web. Integration with the Handle System provides persistent identifiers for all items, ensuring that collections are always findable. In addition, user communities can stay up to date with collections as they grow, through RSS feeds.
The slideshow feature allows staff to curate digital exhibitions. This feature also enables faculty to extend the use of special collections into the classroom by creating slideshows and embedding them in course management software or using them to augment lectures.
Libraries will have the flexibility to first implement Content Pro and later add IRX as they outgrow their system, or choose Content Pro IRX at the outset for its institutional repository features. Libraries that currently use Innovative's previous institutional repository system, Symposia, will upgrade to IRX. IRX will be available for general release in summer 2012.