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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.
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
- Access control
- Import / export
- Life-cycle management
- Retention and holding / records management
This is not necessarily a complete list.
Commonly known Content Applications / Content Management Systems
- Content Management System
- Digital Asset Management
- Source Code Management
- Web Content Management System
- Document Management System
- Social collaboration
- Records Management