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fedora4lib at code4lib Hackfest Winners Announced

Winchester, MA  code4lib, the annual library information technology conference held this year Feb. 11-14 in Chicago, IL, has never had a simultaneous Developer Challenge event–until now.

On February 11-12 the Fedora Futures team coordinated a Developer Challenge event opening the doors to the "Fedora House" for two evenings of Chicago deep-dish pizza, craft beer and code. This popular combination drew 28 people on the first night and 21 on the second, who were offered mini-challenges to file bug reports and issue submissions in exchange for beer giveaways. The aim of the event was to share Fedora 4 developments, interest developers in pitching in, and gather input from fellow developers about what should be "in" Fedora 4.

And the winners are

The Fedora Futures team introduced formative work on the Fedora 4 prototype and developers were challenged to implement features and enhancements in the span of just 2.5 days. Here are the winners of the fedora4lib Developer Challenge (

• First Place ($500.00 USD)

Fedora.FS by Stephen Eisenhauer

A filesystem driver built using FUSE which allows a user to mount a Fedora 4 repository to a directory on their local machine.


• A TIE for Second Place ($250.00 USD each) 

JRuby on Rails Admin Webapp by Justin Coyne

A Ruby on Rails front-end application to Fedora 4, that uses JRuby to deploy to the same application container as Fedora.

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• Solr4 Indexing Service by Kåre Fiedler Christiansen

A descriptive metadata indexing service that uses Solr 4.


A Fedora Futures Workshop is in the works, scheduled to coincide with the Eighth International Open Repositories Conference (OR2013) July 9-12 on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Stay tuned for details.

Fedora Futures is community-driven effort established to make major improvements to Fedora, an open-source repository platform for the management, dissemination and preservation of digital content. For more information about Fedora Futures, see:

The Fedora Futures project is a community-funded project. Many thanks to our generous event sponsors:

Columbia University

Discovery Garden


FIZ Karlsruhe


Northwestern University

Oxford University


Stanford University

University of Virginia

The Fedora Futures team would also like to extend special thanks to Oxford University for providing additional support to allow us to offer cash prizes to our winners. And finally, a big thank you to everyone who participated in the Hackfest, and to code4lib for throwing another great conference.