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Open Source in Research, Government Use of Fedora

By Thornton Staples In my travels in recent months to conferences and meetings, I have been reminded again and again that Fedora provides a robust platform for the development of a wide variety of applications. While our largest areas of use continue to be academic and national libraries and archives, it appears that our fastest growing community facets are research groups and government agencies. It is particularly interesting to see that open-source software seems to be gaining credibility in the government sector around the world. Museum applications of Fedora have long been on our list of areas that we think are ripe for development. In this issue read about Project Wunderkammer, an open-source collections management system for museums.

Solutions community activities continue to develop.  Though the background work in most of these communities is still morning getting underway, some of the communities are moving towards a more visible presence. For those of you who will be attending the Open Repositories 2009 Conference in Atlanta in May, look for birds-of-a-feather sessions from some of these communities. Information about the solution community activities can be found at If you are attending the Museums and the Web 2009 Conference in Indianapolis April 15-18, Fedora Commons will hold a breakfast discussion on Friday to talk about the possibility of starting a solution community for small archives and museums.

The list of current known users of Fedora can be found at  As always, I strongly encourage you to let us know if you are using Fedora and are not listed. We are working on a new system to track our users to make it easier to manage and to give each a way to keep us updated about your work with Fedora, which we hope will be ready later this summer.

If you have a company and would like to be listed in a Vendor Registry, please contact us. We are planning a web space where projects who are working with our business members will be highlighted.