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Fedora-based PLoS One Architecture Supports “World’s Largest Journal”

San Francisco, CA, Cambridge, UK  PLoS One is an interactive open-access journal established for the communication of all peer-reviewed scientific and medical research launched in 2003. Since then the PLoS community has grown to include 13,000 peer-reviewers. 26,000 authors, 1,400 board members and millions of unique visitors in 2008.
Heather Morrison recently noted in her blog (, “Sometime in 2009, the open access PLoS One will likely become the world’s third-largest scholarly journal, and by 2010, quite possibly the largest, by far.” A browse of all recently published content at PLoS One returns articles on current research about everything from dinosaurs to human sexuality. As public interest in primary science resources grows PLoS One has developed an OA journal that provides a view into rich and varied research that is accessible to everyone.
Fedora was chosen as the content application for PLoS One as it offered an extensible architecture, support for web services and interaction with a semantic repository. Richard Cave, PLoS IT Director, co-developed Topaz, an Open Source content modeling and storage framework that uses the Fedora Service Framework and Mulgara semantic technology as the core engine, and Ambra, a publishing application built on the Topaz framework, to power PLoS One. Ambra provides Web 2.0 functionality designed to enable collaboration and participation, along with new methods for disseminating and sharing scientific information.