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Project ESCAPE with Fedora from University of Twente

The Netherlands The University of Twente uses Fedora in a project called ESCAPE (Enhanced Scientific Communication by Aggregated Publications Environments) which provides a “semantic overlay” allowing researchers to relate objects such as papers, topics, discussions, public media articles, and more. This abstract from Enhanced Scientific Communication by Aggregated Publications Environments (ESCAPE), a paper by Maarten van Bentum, Arjan Hogenaar and Dennis Vierkant, explains the overall objectives of the project:
The ESCAPE-project aims at extending the existing infrastructure of repositories of scientific publications in such a way that it will be possible to identify, describe, preserve and present aggregations of related objects (documents, videos, datasets, etc.), not necessarily produced by an individual author or group of authors.
To this end a repository for OAI-ORE resource maps will be developed as well as an editor tool for creating and changing resource maps. The repository will be based on Fedora 3.1, reusing its built-in RDF support.
The resource maps repository form the basis for the so-called Aggregated Publications Environments. These APE’s provide a resource map editor and a tool for  browsing and searching aggregated resources. APE’s will be developed for three research groups involved in this project. For the description of content relations, besides the use of “Proxy” in OAI-ORE we introduce the “Relation Annotation” object. This is an object which describes the relationship between two resources.
This live demo of ESCAPE starts with an ‘aggregation’ of things that you could call a “research map”: Click through it to follow the relations. You can also show clickable graphs of the relations:
The ESCAPE project team will release source code under an open source license (GPL) at the end of January 2010, and will register as part of the Fedora Create Forum ( as a Fedora solution.