Store, organize, and share your library’s unique content

Vital is a revolutionary repository solution that lives and grows with your university, library, museum, archive, or information center. Designed to simplify the development of your repositories and to provide seamless online search and retrieval of information for library staff, contributing faculty, and end-users, Vital focuses on the individual needs of users in order to broaden access to institutions and their collections. Vital delivers value, flexibility, and a highly customizable solution for managing the digital resources of any type of information center.

With Vital, you can incorporate a rich variety of content into your collections – photographs, slides, sound clips, digital video, conference proceedings, research papers, e-journals, electronic theses and dissertations, and much more.

Streamlined Cataloging

Vital’s cataloging tool provides data entry templates that accept normal language and allow for choices from list boxes and dropdown menus. You don’t need to understand mark-up languages, or enter tags and subfields. Vital streamlines the whole cataloging process for you, with behind-the-scenes mapping of data from the cataloging template to MARC, Dublin Core, XML, and other data standards. You also have the ability to enter, batch load, store, extract, and export XML in a defined metadata scheme, and link digital objects with appropriate metadata.


Vital builds on the open source FedoraTM repository architecture with additional workflow extensions, management utilities, and specialized content displays. The result is a strong feature set—ingesting, storing, indexing, cataloging, authority control, enhanced searching, and retrieving—required for handling large text and rich content collections. You have the ability to grant equal access to materials for all, or to restrict access as needed.

Vital also takes advantage of technology standards such as XML, TEI, EAD, Dublin Core, OAI-PMH, VRA, and SRU/SRW to easily describe and index electronic resources. And as a Unicode (UTF-8) compliant product, Vital is a global information solution that allows users to search and find information in the language of their choice. Add Innovative’s Custom Services, and together with FedoraTM Web services, Vital provides a mechanism for your organization to create tools, enhance the functionality provided by Vital, or leverage the open source community for future applications. Vital currently includes the benefits of other open source solutions such as Apache, MySQL, and McKOI.

Key Features

  • Storage and management of any content format due to Vital’s repository architecture
  • Integration with existing systems through open, standards-based protocols
  • Ability to search the full-text content of PDF, DOC, RTF and other document formats
  • Ability to display high resolution imagery, multi-page documents, and specialized data formats
  • Ability to automatically capture preservation metadata and create long-term, citable DOIs
  • Integrated editors for easy editing of metadata
  • Customizable templates for display of content

Connect your library with the metadata you need to catalog your library collection.

Proven library workflow technology and complete resource management with the power and scale of open systems architecture.