Here are some image databases in DSpace that I have come across:
http://cushing.tamu.edu/collections/images/ this one uses the xml user interface I believe
http://images.swinburne.edu.au/ this one is good too.
What I know about the difference is that with dspace you need to be a technolgy person or have a technology staff who can configure what you need whereas with contentdm all the technology stuff is already done for you and all you have to do is make the best use of it to represent your collection.
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From: Catherine Hodge-Bodart <CHodge-Bodart@muhlenberg.edu>
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 2:33 pm
Subject: [Dspace-general] digital image collections
> Hello all,
> I'm new to this list so please forgive me for asking an obvious
> question. My institution is considering using DSpace as both a
> repository of scholarly work and for the library's digital image
> collections. In poking around at the web sites of libraries that use
> DSpace, I've not found many that use it for their digital collections
> (or I somehow managed to miss them!). I spoke with someone whose
> library uses DSpace for scholarly papers, but uses ContentDM as the
> platform for digital collections, and that seems to be the norm.
> Is DSpace an appropriate platform for our library's digital
> collectionsof documents and images such as photographs? What are
> the strengths and
> weaknesses of DSpace compared to, say, ContentDM?
> Thank you in advance for you help.
> Cathy Hodge-Bodart
> Cataloging & Metadata Librarian
> Trexler Library
> Muhlenberg College
> 2400 Chew St.
> Allentown, PA 18104
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