Content repository

content repository or content store is a database 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. The content repository acts as the storage engine for a larger application such as a content management system or a document management system, which adds a user interface on top of the repository’s application programming interface.[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 functionality such as:

  • 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


  • Apache Jackrabbit
  • ModeShape


  • Content management
  • Document management
  • Digital asset management
  • Records management
  • Revision control
  • Social collaboration
  • Web content management

Standards and specification

  • Content repository API for Java
  • WebDAV
  • Content Management Interoperability Services


  1. ^Content Repository Design, ACS Content Repository,

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