The August 2006 edition of “The DPubS Report” produced by Cornell University Libraries for the DPubS community announced work underway at the Penn State to bridge the worlds of DPubS and FEDORA. Here is the line from the newsletter:
--------------------------------------------------------------------------SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT UPDATE--------------------------------------------------------------------------[...]NEAR-TERM SCHEDULED WORK[...]* Penn State is working on Fedora interoperability. The plan is tohave that capability in the September release, with a working versionfor testing in late August.
The newsletter goes on to say that the work will be made available under an open source license, so I for one can’t wait to see what it looks like and how we might apply it to our own needs.
One of the DRC developers had a question recently that sparked a discussion about what to do with collections of objects. In order to answer the question of how to represent the notion of a collection within the repository, we’re going to have to get pretty heavy into RDF: the Resource Description Framework. RDF is a language created by the Worldwide Web Consortium “for representing information about resources in the World Wide Web.” If you already know about RDF — or just want to see what a proposed solution is — you can skip down to the “RDF for Collections in FEDORA” heading.
This is a preview of Representing Collections In FEDORA. Read the full post (881 words, 3:31 minutes estimated reading time)
Building on the shoulders of others — isn’t that how that quote goes? There has been a stack of printouts on my desk for a while now for various access management and service provisioning technologies. Rather than keep the paper, I’m putting the list here so I know how to get back to them if/when I need to. (Of course, along the way if you’d like to comment on them or suggest others to look at, please feel free to do so in the comments.) Note, too, that by listing them here I’m not proposing, or even sure if, all of these pieces come together to a coherent structure.
This is a preview of Access Management and Provisioning Technology. Read the full post (549 words, 2:12 minutes estimated reading time)
Open Repositories 2007 is coming up next year, and it looks to be an interesting meeting. The first day is open user group meetings for DSpace, Fedora, and Eprints, followed by general conference sessions that cover issues that cut across all of the open repository systems. This year, the user groups will partition their programs into Plenary, Technical Issues, and Management Issues and the partitions will be staggered so that IT managers can attend all plenary sessions, technical staff can attend all technical sessions, etc.
This is a preview of Heads up! International Conference on Open Repositories (01/23/07 – 01/27/07, San Antonio, TX, US). Read the full post (209 words, 50 seconds estimated reading time)
Please note — this is a copy of the FEDORA Workflow Working Group minutes from the FEDORA Wiki. It is being posted here in order to get it into the blogosphere at the right places. Please make comments on the FEDORA Wiki “talk” page rather than on this posting.
FEDORA Workflow Working Group Meeting
18-Jun-2006, University of Virginia
Attending: Grace Agnew, Rutgers U.; Chris Awre, U. of Hull; Dan Davis, Harris Corp.; Richard Green, U. of Hull; Peter Murray, OhioLINK; Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe; Bill Parod, Northwestern U; Adam Soroka, U. of Virginia; Thorny Staples, U. of Virginia; Ross Wayland, U. of Virginia
This is a preview of Minutes of the FEDORA Workflow Working Group meeting of 18-Jun-2006. Read the full post (1285 words, 5:08 minutes estimated reading time)
I am excited almost beyond description to be sharing a panel with Sandy Payette (Cornell University, USA), Andrew Treloar (Monash University, Australia), Matthias Razum (Fiz Karlsruhe, Germany), and Carl Lagoze (Cornell University, USA) at the upcoming Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. The tutorial is on Sunday afternoon (Sunday, June 11, 2006, 1:30-5:00pm local time) with the title “The Fedora Service Framework – Advanced Applications and Panel Discussion”. Sandy’s recent announcement include this abstract:
This is a preview of Fedora Advanced Applications Panel at JCDL2006. Read the full post (408 words, 1:38 minutes estimated reading time)
At OhioLINK we’ve reached the conclusion that coding would be easier if we created a modestly robust JAR file that is an implementation of the AXIS-based web services interface to a FEDORA server. Our initial effort is ready for public consumption; you can check it out of our Subversion repository at:
I think it is safe to say that most everyone favors using “fedora-dr” as a common tag for FEDORA(.info) activities. If you want to take a stand on moral grounds, you can also tag your items as simply “fedora”, but please also use the “fedora-dr” tag until we’ve gotten around to taking over more of the world.
This, of course, is just a recommendation from a loose confederation of self-selected interest users. You can follow it or ignore it as you like. Thanks to everyone who offered an opinion.
In an earlier post, I extolled the virtues of Fedora as an ideal candidate for digital preservation because “[a]ll of the metadata (descriptive, preservation, and relationship to other objects) and managed datastreams that make up a digital object are ‘serialized’ to a single XML file on a file system.” Well, as I found out last week, it isn’t quite that straight forward.
This is a preview of Fedora, Objects, Datastreams, Filesystems, and a Correction. Read the full post (636 words, 2:33 minutes estimated reading time)