VITAL 2.0 has
been enhanced to provide the following
- open-source web tools allow faculty and
others to contribute metadata and datastreams which make up
digital theses and dissertations. They may be submitted
directly to the repository, or to an intermediary for review
prior to ingestion into the repository. An expansion of this
model including a range of additional resource types has been
developed and is currently being tested.
- facilitates the discovery of VITAL
resources by the larger internet community. The VITAL indexing
module provides a means to 'publish' summaries of Fedora
repository content for harvesting by Web search engines.
- Provide for the ingestion of audio files
(wav, mp3) including metadata extraction to Fedora using
- Provide for the ingestion of video format
(avi, mpeg) including metadata extraction and frame extraction
to Fedora using VITAL.
Extraction Web Service
- As a first step to
preservation, provides a Validation/Extraction Web Service
interface to JSTOR/ Harvard Object Validation Environment
(JHOVE) and VTLS' TIFF extraction service.
Transform Web Service
- allows data entered by
content authors in MARCXML or ETD-MS to Dublin Core. Other
crosswalks may be implemented.
- allows for viewing of multi page documents in PDF.
allows system administrators to ingest larger quantities of
content into the VITAL repository via command-line tools and
XML-based configuration files.
- updates VITAL to support new or changed
features in Fedora 2.0.
supports the display of Arabic and Hebrew text with
"VITAL 2.0 continues the track
record of VITAL representing the leading edge of repository
thinking and offerings." Said Carl Grant, President and COO of
VTLS, "This is a direct result of our dedication to working
closely with the ARROW Partners to define the state-of-the-
source VALET for ETDs
Available free as open-source
software, VALET is a Web submission solution for managing
electronic theses and dissertations. VALET is a fitting
product offering from a company that boasts a tradition of
leadership in the industry. The software is now available for
download from the VTLS website here
VTLS Inc. has been collaborating
with the NDLTD project at Virginia Tech, the
FEDORATM Project, and the Australian Research
Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) Project, led by
Monash University in Australia, to develop VALET for ETDs.
This open-source product is simple, flexible, adaptable and
easy to implement. A typical process allows for thesis
submission by students, editing and approval by faculty,
approval by the graduate school and final deposit into a
FEDORATM-based, institutional repository.
helps streamline the submission process
The institution can configure the
number of steps in the process and the details of each step.
The software minimizes errors and offers instant, form-based
validation. It also offers multi-level security for students,
faculty and administration. When a thesis enters the
repository, the software automatically creates standardized
metadata. It is pre-configured to allow users to choose Dublin
Core or ETD-MS, but can support other metadata standards or
schemas, such as MARCXML. VALET helps streamline the
submission process while increasing the quality of the final
ETD resource. While the initial version supports submission
via a Web interface, the next version will also support
submission via e-mail.
is packaged with
was conceived and designed at
Cornell University with funding from DARPA and the National
Science Foundation. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is funding
the open source FEDORATM
software, being developed
jointly by the University of Virginia and Cornell University.
VTLS created VALET in conjunction with the ARROW Project in
Australia and used the digital theses programs at Virginia
Tech and the Australian Digital Theses (ADT) Program as
models. More on VTLS here