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Fedora UK&I and EU User Groups Come Together in Oxford

By Chris Awre, Head of Information Management Academic Services, University of Hull
Oxford, UK The Fedora UK & Ireland and EU User Groups held their first formal joint meeting at the University of Oxford on December 8, 2009. The day provided a good opportunity to share experiences and ideas, and was focused around two themes of current interest.
The morning session was coordinated by the Scholars Workbench Solution Community and comprised a series of presentations examining the role of repositories in support of e-research.  Talks on Hydra and eSciDoc covered frameworks for providing repository-enabled environments, while talks from Scotland and King’s College London highlighted the benefit of and need to engage with researchers in order to properly meet their requirements. Recognizing that supporting e-research is repository agnostic, the session also included talks from Southampton and Edinburgh representing, respectively, EPrints and DSpace perspectives on the area, and highlighted that we could usefully combine resources and ideas to address the issue in a holistic way.  The morning was rounded off by a talk on the Australian National Data Service and an example of how mobile technology could be used to capture research data.
Following lunch, Thorny Staples gave an update on DuraSpace activity, focusing particularly on the new Fedora Create community wiki presence and the growing number of committers outside DuraSpace contributing to the ongoing development of Fedora.  The afternoon then given over to a series of presentations and discussion around Fedora content models, ranging from detailed use of Enhanced Content Models for specific use cases to simple, flexible application of content models for wide applicability, plus a number of points in between.  The talks highlighted that there are many different needs, but that Fedora offers the flexibility to address these as you need to.
A total of 33 people attended, representing eight countries and 19 institutions.  For more details and, in the near future, links to the presentations, see