CLASSE's Electronic Document Management System uses the Invenio software developed by CERN. We chose Invenio for our document management system because it could also handle figures. As there seems to be some overlap between the two, it would seem ideal to be able to use the same system for both figures and image galleries.
Already in use for documents and (potentially) figures
enterprise class security, written in python
used by major labs and HEP experiments (CERN, ILC, etc.)
Ability to have images in multiple collections (for example, both public and private).
highly customizable metadata, access controls, etc. (some by expert)
No integrated ability to upload a zip file.
Modifications must be done to records individually (no integrated "bulk modification")
Customizations require computer group intervention.
less user friendly. some actions (such as moving an image to a new collection) may require help from expert.
User friendly web-based interface
ability for users to upload own images
unable to have a single image appear in multiple collections, so a given image would need to be uploaded and maintained in both a public and private collection (for example).
written in PHP, introducing security concerns.
Metadata flexibility / customization
industry standard tool for managing and manipulating large photo collections
can export subset to html "image gallery"
can export metadata into "pseudo XML"
Requires dedicated "photo admin" to add images, manipulate metadata, create HTML site, etc.
No integrated search functionality in html image gallery.