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Content repository

A content repository is a store of digital content with an associated set of data management, search and access methods allowing application-independent access to the content, rather like a digital library, but with the ability to store and modify content in addition to searching and retrieving. A content repository thus typically forms the technical underpinning of an application such as a Content Management System or a Document Management System. It functions as the logical storage facility for content.[1]

Advantages provided by repositories

  • Common rules for data access allow many applications to work with the same content without interrupting the data.
  • They give out signals when changes happen, letting other applications using the repository know that something has been modified, which enables collaborative data management.
  • Developers can deal with data using programs that are more compatible with the desktop programming environment.
  • The data model is scriptable when users use a content repository.

Content repository features

A content repository may provide the following functionality:

  • Add/edit/delete content
  • Hierarchy and sort order management
  • Query / search
  • Versioning
  • Access control
  • Import / export
  • Locking
  • Life-cycle management
  • Retention and holding / records management

This is not necessarily a complete list.

Commonly known Content Applications / Content Management Systems

Content repository or related standards and specification

See also


  1. ^ Content Repository Design, ACS Content Repository,
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