Last updated May 9, 2012. Created by Nicole Engard on May 9, 2012.
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SMDB is a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl) system. It uses its own module called webUtil to deal with web forms and templates. Combining webUtil with a couple of other Perl modules to deal with cookies and communication with mySQL database, you can build web applications very fast.

What is SMDB

  • an Electronic Resource Management System - ERM
  • a database of the products you buy or subscribe to
  • a single institutions or consortia solution
  • manages any media type

SMDB covers

  • Product description
  • Price information
  • Renewal notification
  • Subscription history
  • Provider contact information
  • Resource management
  • Availability holding information
  • Library holding information
  • File upload feature
  • Access control
  • General reports
  • Renewal reports
  • Statistics - SUSHI protocol support

SMDB uses the following terms:

  • Product: Anything you pay for or have access to, it can be a package of journals, a collection of books or it can be a single item e.g. one journal (in that case the product and the resource is the same).
  • Provider: Is either the provider of the access to the product or the owner of the product. 
  • Agent: The one taking care of the deal. Can be a subscription agent or consortia negotiator.
  • Resource: Is the single item e.g. journal, book, piece of music etc.
  • Publisher: The resource publisher.
  • Subject: Library of Congress (LCC) is the basic classification system. SMDB can map the LCC subject headings into your own custom built subject tree.
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