Ithaca, NY At the International Conference on Open Repositories (OR10) held earlier this year in Madrid DuraSpace sponsored a combined DSpace and Fedora User Group session for the first time. Developers and repository managers from both communities were invited to attend any presentation of potential interest. The OR10 organizing committee has now made video recordings from the DuraSpace User Group available from the OR10 web site: http://or2010.fecyt.es/Publico/DUGroup/index.aspx. This is an opportunity for those who were unable to attend OR10 to learn more about the proceedings.
The User Group session kicked off with a joint DuraSpace plenary session which included updates from Brad McLean, CTO, who gave an overview of DuraSpace’s strategy moving forward. He explained that Fedora and DSpace repositories were part of a larger ecosystem of knowledge access and management with multiple trends in common.
In the plenary session attendees also learned that DSpace and Fedora communities would investigate strategies to allow DSpace software to run “on top of” the Fedora platform in order to retain an out-of-the-box DSpace experience while enabling features that Fedora provides (versioning, relationships between objects, flexible architecture).
DSpace sessions included presentations on DSpace 1.6, Open Access, preservation, customization, resource discovery, learning resources, research management and a special session for DSpace repository managers produced jointly by the DSpace Committer Group and the DSpace Global Outreach Committee that provided DSpace tutorials and an overview of the DSpace software development process.
Fedora sessions included user presentations and sessions that discussed planned development in the core repository service by members of the Committers group. User presentations included a variety of very interesting topics — workflow, metadata management, user interfaces and preservation. Fedora core development review included discussion of new enhancements of the content models that were introduced in version 3.0, and how they could be used directly by generalized software that can adapt to specific types of collections. Also, the “high-level storage” interface was discussed, which would offer a new paradigm for how Fedora treats its back-end storage.