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A Durable Space from April 23 NISO Virtual Conference: Dealing with the Data Deluge


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  • 1. A Durable Space Technologies for Accessing our Collective Digital Heritage David Wilcox! Fedora Product Manager! DuraSpace
  • 2. A place for my stuff • What is a repository?! • A repository provides long-term storage and preservation of digital content! • It also provides long-term access in the form of persistent URLs
  • 3. The repository landscape • Many repository software packages are designed to support institutional repositories! • Examples include: DSpace, EPrints, and Digital Commons! • These solutions tend to be easy to setup and manage but offer limited customization
  • 4. What is Fedora? • Flexible Extensible Durable Object Repository Architecture! • Fedora is OPEN SOURCE digital repository software! • It is developed, adopted, and supported internationally! • We’re building Fedora 4! • The entire codebase has been re-written to support the needs for robust and full-featured repository services for the next decade
  • 5. Fedora integrates with other applications • Fedora typically sits between a back-end file system and a front-end user interface! • A wide variety of back-end file systems are supported! • Popular front-end user interfaces include Hydra and Islandora
  • 6. How big is the community? • There are over 320 Fedora installations (that we know of!)! • Our community is growing:! • 41 Fedora sponsors! • 19 active developers! • 17 leadership group members! • 10 steering group members
  • 7. • We are an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit! • We provide leadership and support for:! • Fedora Commons! • DSpace! • VIVO! • We also provide software services!! • DuraCloud! • DSpaceDirect
  • 8. Sources of funding 2011 6% 21% 42% 31% Moore Grant Other Grants Sponsorship Services 2014 33% 32% 35%
  • 9. Sponsorship in on the rise! $0 $125,000 $250,000 $375,000 $500,000 2011 2012 2013 2014
  • 10. Building toward sustainability • We’re broadening the funding base! • More sponsors at lower funding amounts! • Raising the overall level of funding! • We’re hiring!! • Specifically, I was hired as the Product Manager! • Andrew Woods is the Tech Lead! • We’ve established a governance model! • Fedora is governed by a Leadership group and a Steering group
  • 11. How does Fedora support research data?
  • 12. Model your data however you want • Research data can take many forms! • Fedora is flexible enough to store and preserve any file type! • Your data may also be inter-related in complex ways! • No problem! Fedora provides native RDF support so you can relate things however you want
  • 13. Metadata Spreadsheet Audio Video Metadata PDF Metadata PDF Publication 1 Publication 2 Research Data
  • 14. Metadata Spreadsheet Metadata PDF Metadata PDF Publication 1 Publication 2 Research Data 1 Metadata Video Metadata Audio Research Data 2 Research Data 3
  • 15. Store and manage large files • Research data comes in all shapes and sizes! • Huge datasets in spreadsheets! • High resolution images! • High-quality audio/video recordings! • Fortunately, Fedora supports files of virtually any size
  • 16. Manage external files • Your research data may be stored in an external file system! • Fedora can project over these files and treat them as if they were in the repository! • Fedora’s management and preservation features will be available to these files
  • 17. Preserve your data • Fedora provides a variety of preservation features! • Automated fixity checking (checksums)! • Backup and restore of the entire repository! • You can also create new versions every time you make a change:! • Across the repository! • Only for certain actions
  • 18. Research data use cases
  • 19. Institutional repositories • Repository managers need to upload publications and associated research datasets! • Publications and research data files can uploaded with associated metadata! • Each file can be associated with any number of other files in the repository
  • 20. Managing publications
  • 21. Associating research data
  • 22. Smithsonian Institute • SIdora is designed to support the research process from beginning to end! • Researchers upload files to the repository and use it directly in their analysis! • The entire research process is documented and preserved alongside the finished publication
  • 23. Managing concepts
  • 24. Adding resources
  • 25. Editing metadata
  • 26. Uploading datasets
  • 27. Useful links • Fedora 4 wiki! •! • Fedora community mailing list! •!forum/fedora- community! • Fedora developers mailing list! •!forum/fedora- tech
  • 28. Questions?