Integration Challenges & Rewards: Heterogeneous Solutions with Fedora4 at the Core

Authors:Ramsey, Ellen, University of Virginia LibraryUniversity of Virginia ORCID icon, Robin, University of Virginia LibraryUniversity of Virginia

A single solution for managing every type of content is increasingly anachronistic in today’s scholarly research environment, but a collection of unrelated silo-ed containers quickly becomes unwieldy and unsustainable. The questions is, can one modern repository foundation support a wider array of content management options? At the University of Virginia Library, we are taking a modular approach to containing and contextualizing repository contents. We want to leverage a variety of externally hosted or developed solutions (Hydra based, Dataverse, Cyark technology and Archive-IT) for ingesting/processing or disseminating specific content types that address the desires of our customers. At the core of our architecture, our repository (Fedora4) relates and networks that content to foster new discoveries, wider dissemination and streamlined preservation work flows. This interoperable system requires adhering to a few criteria to ease integration with the library and institution. We shared the benefits and the challenges we have encountered while building a modular system that also contributes to relating content in new ways for supporting further discovery and research.

Fedora, institutional repository, modular, data, thesis, dissertation, scholarship, open access
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Source Citation:

Ramsey, Ellen, and Robin Ruggaber. "Integration Challenges & Rewards: Heterogeneous Solutions with Fedora4 at the Core." Open Repositories, Dublin, Ireland. 2016.

University of Virginia
Published Date:
June 15, 2016