MILESS [engl.]

MILESS is an institutional content repository developed at the university of Duisburg-Essen, and the “father” of MyCoRe. The institutions using the MILESS software built the MyCoRe community later. MILESS has its own software components, most part of the functionality comes from the MyCoRe kernel that is developed within the community. MILESS is functionally comparable with the reference application DocPortal. MILESS can be downloaded and installed separately, all MyCoRe packages are already included in the distribution (see below).

screenshot MILESS document

screenshot: MILESS document

MILESS can be used to manage and archive electronic publications and thesis papers, but also multimedia learning and teaching material like animations, simulations, audio and video files. In this way, users are provided with a uniform and systematic access to scripts, foils and other digital documents that are archived and permanently made available in the repository. To accomplish this, MILESS not only manages descriptive metadata using the Dublin Core standard, but also stores the associated files in its own internal structure, so that availability for preparation or direct use within a lecture can be guaranteed.

Users can find content using various search masks, browsing the organizational structure or hierarchical scientific classifications, or using a A-Z index of creator and publisher names. Access to every document or single file is also possible using a direct URL or unique ID. MILESS manages any type of files. All file collections can be downloaded as zip archives that automatically are created on demand. Authors can ingest and edit their documents and files at every time from every place using an easy-to-use
web interface.

Screenshot MILLESS-Semesterapparat

Screenshot: MILLESS-Semesterapparat

Using the module “Online Reserve Collections”, instructors can provide literature lists, links, digitized texts from journal articles and book chapters, as well as other files to their students. Instructors can manage their contents using simple online forms, that afterwards initiate the required services like bool loan and digitization at the local library. Knowledge in development of web pages is not necessary.

Screenshot MILESS-Eingabemaske

Screenshot: MILESS-Eingabemaske

MILESS supports the Open Archives initiative and its metadata harvesting protocol (OAI-PMH 2.0). Using the OAI data provider interface, both metadata and content of thesis papers and other publications are distributed, collected by OAI service providers world-wide and become available in the scientific world. MILESS supports the national OAI profiles XMetaDiss and XEpicur, which is an interface to the german national library, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Furthermore, a direct access for search engine robots is implemented, through which content can be indexed and found by internet search engines like google. MILESS also has an interface based on web services standards that can be used to search, manage and retrieve content and integrate MILESS with third-party systems.

New in version 2.1:

  • Web Services to integrate MILESS with third party systems, for example learning management software: Creating,
  • SCORM content package archiving: Search in the metadata of e-learning packages, integrated SCORM viewer
  • Support for persistent identifiers (URNs, urn:nbn:de) for e-publications and automated notification of Deutsche Nationalbibliothek using email or OAI interfaces
  • Workflow for realease of e-publications: self-archiving and self-publishing
  • Animated tutorials for authors: simply see how it can be done
  • Individual access statistics for every document: How is your material being used?
  • Online-WYSIWYG-HTML-editor for Reserve Collections

MILESS runs on Sun Solaris 9 (or higher version), Microsoft Windows XP, Linux and IBM AIX 5 (or higher version). It has been tested with MySQL 4.0 (or higher version), IBM DB2 8.2 (or higher version) and Oracle 8. You need the freely available Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition, Version 1.4.2 or higher, together with the Java build tool Apache Ant (version 1.6.2 or higher). MILESS is a Java servlet application which runs in any servlet container like Apache Tomcat 5.0.28 (recommended), the commercial system IBM WebSphere or other servlet containers. If you run a Real server version 8, a Helix Universal Server 9 (or higher version), or the IBM VideoCharger server version 7 or higher, MILESS can store audio and video files on these servers and stream them from there.

You can find further information on downloading and installing MILESS at:
http://duepublico.uni-duisburg-essen.de/about/nachnutzung.xml

MILESS is being used at various German universities: