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This page is about SWORD which is a lightweight protocol for remotely depositing content into repositories.

The SWORD project was funded by JISC and more information can be found on the official website.

SWORD made easy

SWORD is basically an http put (or POST) to a defined web URL, where the content of the posted request is the thing being deposited.

SWORD 1.3 uses an http header field to define how the thing has been wrapped up (packaged)

SWORD 2.0 uses the content-type to deduce how to understand thing

By default, sword is ENABLED in all SWORD 3.2 & 3.3 EPrints servers, and access is available to all registered users.

EPrints 3.2 uses SWORD 1.3

EPrints 3.3 uses SWORD 2.0

This document covers EPrints 3.2 & SWORD 1.3 For information on SWORD 2 see API:EPrints/Apache/CRUD.


SWORD 1.3 uses some specific terms for specific meanings

  • collection The specific URL within the server for the data to go into. For EPrints this generally means inbox, review, archive, deleted - however for DSpace, there is a Collection concept; and Fedora has a similar RDF tag for defining collective groupings.
  • package The URI that identifies how a particular deposit has been wrapped up.
  • mediation This is where one user can deposit on behalf of another user.
  • servicedocument The document that the SWORD server can return to inform clients of what collections and what packages are understood by the service

Protocol implementation

verbose no-op

Configuring SWORD

The default location for SWORD configuration is

 archives/<your repo>/cfg/cfg.d/sword.pl

This is where you enable and disable access to various collections, and add/remove packages


The default

Supported packages

maybe how to write new importer plugins