During the cookies and lemonade break during JCDL this afternoon I surprised one of the well-respected elders of the field with this question: are we really making progress? are we winning a fight against entropy 1? I wasn’t out for a quote for publication at the time so I won’t reveal the individual’s name, but I will report that there was a chuckle then the reply “cautiously optimistic.”
Another reason to consider the FEDORA digital object repository system, if having the ability to put all of your content in one place and reducing the complexity of digital preservation aren’t enough, is the capability to create and define behaviors that the content can perform. In the FEDORA world, these behaviors are called disseminators.