Very interesting,

Congratulations on your release.

I would like to introduce myself, I am Mark Diggory, DSpace Systems Manager at MIT and a commiter member of the DSpace Developer Community. 

Firstly, your system is an interesting platform that appears to be architecturally a number of Swing clients working over the network with a central MySQL database. Is this assumption correct? 

Secondly, what is your organizations position  concerning interoperability and integration with other IR platforms and with the diverse and custom software ecosystem that libraries and other organizations employ to meet their needs? Its one thing to promote a product as an all-in-one solution, as a Systems Manager, I'm more interested in how your product fits into the existing ecology of Open Source and commercial tooling that organizations already have a significant investment in.

Concerns that your product raises.

1.) Some might feel GPL licensing is a barrier (no matter how real or imaginary) to uptake and reuse of a tool in the software ecosystem of the organization. I've looked at your source distribution and discovered its license is actually LGPL, is this accurate?

2.) Any "workflow" system today will need to have a strong focus on interoperability/integration with other Open Source and Commercial Platforms. What avenues for such interoperability/integration are available in your product?

These questions/concerns are not meant to criticize your efforts, but help us as the community better understand your platforms capabilities and your organizations stance in participating within the larger educational/institutional software ecosystem.

Mark Diggory
On Sep 23, 2007, at 9:19 AM, Dar wrote:

Bibliotheca Alexandrina has the pleasure to announce the release of the Digital Assets Factory (DAF) version 2.0. DAF is available for download at and is offered under the GPL license as an open source application so that the user can freely utilize it or even make necessary modifications to match specific needs.

DAF v2.0 can be considered as an all-in-one solution for any digitization system. It provides all the necessary tools required to manage the whole process of a digitization workflow, including its various phases, user management, file movement and archiving. It provides the flexibility to manage multiple simultaneous projects with a diversity of materials such as books, journals, newspapers, manuscripts, unbound materials, audio, video, and slides.

DAF v2.0 allows easy integration of any tool used to perform functions of the workflow, such as the OCR, image processing, etc. It can be integrated with the current tools used at an organization.

DAF v2.0 is highly reliable and can be configured for large and challenging digitization projects. The system is fully deployed in BA digitization laboratory and has been working smoothly for over a year.

Key features:


·        The system is capable of defining different workflows for various types of objects: Images, books, slides, etc. Each workflow contains different phases (Scanning, OCR, PDF encoding, Backup, etc).

·        DAF v2.0 is an all-in-one system that provides all the necessary tools required for administration, digitization operation, reporting and archiving.

·        DAF v2.0 has flexible integration with any source of metadata such as ILS or a library digital document repository. This integration is possible through Check-in and Check-out plug-in modules that can be added at any time.

·        DAF v2.0 has the ability to define pre-phase and post-phase checks and actions by simply editing an XML definition for a phase.

·        DAF v2.0 can be tailored to any environment. A developer can add code snippets to be executed pre-phase or post-phase to accomplish specific tasks.

·        DAF v2.0 supports both manual and automated operations. Different workflow operations can be invoked from the command line to enable batch processing.

·        The flexible workflow supports ingesting a job in the middle of the workflow. The administrator can also change the job's normal flow.

·        DAF v2.0 tracks the history of the job's life cycle. It records time stamped actions applied to the job, including the user who performed the action and the workstation on which the action was performed.

·        User’s access level defines which functions are available for each user, up to the level of disabling a button

·        DAF v2.0 is easy to install and configure.


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