Open source and proprietary software solutions

Dalhousie Libraries prefers to use open-source software whenever possible, but also recognizes that proprietary software plays an important role in successful digital initiatives. 

List of software used to support digital initiatives at the Dalhousie Libraries
Software Purpose Description Number of Licences
Access to Memory (AtoM)

Digital collections


Powers the Archives Catalogue open source
ABBYY FineReader 12 Dgital collections Optical Character Recognition (OCR)  
Adobe Acrobat Pro Digital collections Compile PDFs, edit PDFs, build forms, etc.  
Adobe Creative Suite 6 (CS6) Digital collections Batch conversion, batch rename, image editing, etc.  

Data management

GIS data

  Campus-wide site license
Archive-It Web archiving Harvests content from the Internet. 1 license
Batch Scan Wizard Digitization Manage scan jobs on the SMA Scan Master 0. 1 license
BitCurator Digital forensics Forensic imaging, forensic analysis, etc. open source
Dataverse Data management Powers the University's research data repository (in development)  
DSpace Repository Powers the University's digital research repository  
Epson Scan Digitization Operates Epson scanners 1 license per scanner
Forensic Toolkit (FTK) Digital forensics Forensic analysis  
FTK Imager Forensic imaging Forensic imaging  
MarcEdit Metadata Edit MARC records open source
Omeka Digital collections Powers the Libraries' digital exhibits platform open source
OpenRefine Metadata Cleaning and editing metadata open source
Oxygen XML Editor Metadata Cleaning and editing metadata

sFTP NetDrive Pro File transfer Transfer files from digitization workstations to local network storage  
Sony Vegas Video editing Edit and produce digital video files 2 licenses
Sound Forge Pro Sound editing Edit and produce digital audio files 2 licenses