Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Institutional Repositories

Fedora (Flexible Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture) 2.0 has just been released.
Fedora is an open source digital repository service that gives organizations the tools for managing these existing and emerging content management requirements. At its core is a powerful digital object model that supports multiple representations or views of each digital object. These representations may originate from data stored locally, from data referenced at other networked locations, or from data produced dynamically by local or remote web services. Relationships among digital objects can be stored and queried, providing the foundation for expressing rich information networks. These objects exist within a repository architecture that supports a variety of management functions such as fine granularity access control, version control, and ingest and export of information in standard XML formats. Finally, all functionality of Fedora, both at the object and repository level, is exposed as web services with well-documented REST and SOAP interfaces.

Fedora 2.0 is a major release that culminates Phase I of the initial Fedora project that began in October 2001 and ended in October 2004. Fedora 2.0 includes significant new features and improvements including the introduction of the Fedora Object XML (FOXML) schema as the new internal storage format for objects, introduction of the Resource Index that provides enhanced search capability, introduction of a Batch Modify utility, upgrades of all third party libraries, performance enhancements, and a number of bug fixes.

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