UVA Unveils Open-Source Digital Object Repository Management System

Aug 12, 2003

Using a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Virginia Library has released an open-source digital object repository management system. The Fedora Project, a joint effort of the University of Virginia and Cornell University, has now made available the first version of a system based on the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture, originally developed at Cornell.

Fedora repositories can provide the foundation for a variety of information management schemes, including digital library systems. At the University of Virginia, Fedora is being used to build a large-scale digital library that will soon have millions of digital resources of all media and content types. A consortium of institutions that include the Library of Congress, Northwestern University, and Tufts University is also currently testing the program. They are building test beds drawn from their own digital collections that they will use to evaluate the software and give feedback to the project.

This first version of the software is designed to support a repository containing one million objects using freely available software. It implements the Fedora architecture, provides the first version of a graphical user interface to manage the repository, and provides facilities to create and ingest batches of objects. The software has the following features: Management API (API-M); Access API (API-A); Access-Lite API (API-A-Lite); Datastreams; XML Submission and Storage; Versioning; Access Control and Authentication; Disseminators; Default Disseminator; Searching; OAI Metadata Harvesting Provider; and Batch Utility. Fedora is being made available as an open-source product under a Mozilla Public License.