In 2001, Stephen Lawrence, Jr., was looking for a document management application for his department at the University of California, Davis, to help with ISO 17025 compliance. “There really wasn’t much out there at the time, so I figured I would try to piece something together,” he says. Thus OpenDocMan was born.
OpenDocMan is a simple browser-based document management system designed to help organizations that need a centralized location to store their digital documents. It was written specifically to have the required features for the ISO 17025 standard for testing and calibration. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles in it to muck up the core features, Lawrence says, but one nice feature is an automated upgrade tool. When a new version comes out, admins just need to click on the appropriate upgrade link for their current version and the upgrade tool takes care of all the changes needed for all versions as far back as 1.0.