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Sixth meeting of the Fedora UK and Ireland User Group

York, UK On Jan. 20, 2009 over 30 people attended the UK & Ireland Fedora users meeting held at York University. This brief overview is provided by Chris Awre and supplemented by material from Richard Green. Awre and Green serve as Joint Chairs of the Fedora UK&I Group.
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University of York, Julie Allinson
York are using the CLA licence in a way to facilitate fine-grained access. They have developed functionality to submit from within a collection in Muradora (which is being used as the main UI for now, but may not be in the long-term). Their ingest process copies the file(s) to server and updates Fedora from the back end. They have a developed a heavily customised XForm for VRA Core 4 (tabbed to distinguish between work and image, though all are the same object in Fedora). They have also added a download images fix so it doesn’t just show on the screen by default and have developed a data dictionary as a way of managing authorities.
National Library of Wales - Glen Robson
Glen described work on the Wills project (140,000 wills - nearly a million Fedora objects) and particularly the bulk ingest experience. The wills themselves are modelled using individual objects for each page image, all linked to a parent will descriptive object. Archival TIFFs and access TIFF versions of the images are generated. PowerPoint

National Library of Scotland - James Toon
NLS have been working with Fedora since 2007 following a grant from the Scottish Government. Their (NLS) aim is to preserve material of value to the nation and support digital asset management across Scotland (through hosted repository service). They are a Microsoft house, hence running Fedora 3, successfully, on SQL Server 2008. They are using Adobe Flex for their interface: the Library is also using Aquabrowser for general search and they wish to tie them in (Aquabrowser is working over Fedora on their dev site via OAI-PMH). They have the ability to record links between items on a clipboard for users to create ad hoc collections: this is outside Fedora at the moment, but they are looking to use Fedora for it. Workflow ingest sends messages back to the user - presented using Flex. Aside of the national role they are also delivering branded repositories and websites for institutions without a local capability. PowerPoint

Hydra Project (University of Hull et al.) - Richard Green
Richard described the Hydra project which is a collaboration between the Universities of Hull, Stanford and Virginia with Fedora Commons. Hydra will eventually provide an end-to-end, flexible, extensible, Fedora application kit including a ‘Lego’ set of services and templates. The idea is that it will support the production of digital material from conception, through development, to display in a repository, and beyond that preservation. The partners hope to have the basic core of the application available in their own institutions by August 2009 and to further develop it and release it to the community in stages over the following two years. PowerPoint

University of Coventry - Nick Ripley
Coventry uses Equella as their repository environment (part of CURVE JISC start-up project), but have a wider interest in developing a repository for managing multimedia. They are considering Fedora for a small number of possible applications.