The eSciDoc software is not a single package to download, but a set of services and solutions (applications) from which you can select the ones you are interested in.

Basically, the eSciDoc software stack falls into three categories:

  • Applications
    Applications are the end-user applications for researchers and librarians
  • Services
    aggregate functionality provided by the services of the eSciDoc Infrastructure and offer higher-level and more application-oriented functionality
  • Infrastructure
    services provide the basic and common functionality and is a prerequisite for all eSciDoc Applications and most eSciDoc Services

The three categories are not layers of a software architecture in a strict way. Applications can invoke methods provided by the eSciDoc Infrastructure, thus bypassing the intermediate eSciDoc Services.