Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1. dLibra - digital library framework

The dLibra Digital Library Framework is a set of tools that allow:

  • Storage of various digital objects (e.g. scientific articles, reports, manuals, HTML pages, PDF documents, audio/video recordings)

  • Management of digital objects stored in a library (e.g. modifying objects, grouping objects, assigning objects to thematic categories, management of user rights assigned to objects)

  • Access to digital objects (e.g. viewing objects on web pages, searching for objects, securing objects from copying, temporal access)

  • Management of a digital library (e.g. creating groups of users, users' rights management)

  • Cooperation with other information systems using publicly available standards (e.g. OAI-PMH, RSS)

dLibra system is composed of three basic elements:

  • Server - key element of the system; responsible for every operation performed on digital library,

  • WWW pages - reader's application; allow users to access digital library resources (e.g. books),

  • Editor and administrator application - desktop program composed of two applications - editor's and administrator's which are used to manage library resources (e.g. adding new elements) and the library itself (e.g. management of digital library thematic collections).

These three connected elements make dLibra system - platform for building digital libraries.

A set of discussion forums are available on dLibra project web page. These forums concern both technical help for dLibra system (editor and administrator application, reader application, dLibra system installation and configuration, etc.) and general topics concerning digital libraries and dLibra system. Editor application forum and administrator application forum is reserved for editor and administrator application users. All the forums can be found under If you have any questions/problems/suggestions we invite you to post it on the forum.