Thursday, September 16, 2004

Content Management System

Railroad is a standards-based repository for large binary files such as digital media, along with their metadata. It is designed to be easy to integrate with content management systems and other client software.

Many CMSes are more suitable for document-style content than they are for managing large files. Managing such large-file content in a CMS can result in scalability issues and deteriorating performance. Railroad instead is dedicated to the task of managing large files and their metadata.

Railroad uses the industry-standard Apache HTTP server. It uses Apache's mod_dav and mod_python, and metadata is stored in a PostgreSQL database. Information about metadata in a repository can be accessed and manipulated using WebDAV, and can also be extracted using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) in the standard Dublin Core format.

Glad to see it is using some standards in the metadata area.

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