Five Flavors of Open Access from DuraSpace: FLEXIBLE

Winchester, MA  Delivering open access repository content to diverse and growing communities of information consumers around the world requires the use of flexible technologies that can be customized for use by local research, scientific, intellectual and cultural heritage institutions.

The Fedora open source repository framework is a robust, modular repository system for the management and dissemination of digital content. Fedora’s flexibility enables it to integrate with many types of enterprise and web-based systems, offering scalability–millions of objects, and durability–all of the information is maintained in files with no software dependency–from which the complete repository can be rebuilt at any time. Fedora also provides the ability to express rich sets of relationships among digital resources.

The following resources provide a look at Fedora through Hydra and Islandora. Hydra is a multi-purpose application framework featuring individual repository user interfaces and durable asset management features. Islandora is a Drupal-based digital asset management platform. 

Get a head on your repository
Introduction to Hydra


Tom Cramer, Chief Technology Strategist, Stanford University Libraries introduces the capabilities of the Hydra application framework–a multi-purpose solution with individual repository user interfaces and durable asset management features built on Fedora, and provides an overview of both the technical and community efforts underpinning the project.

Drupal on Fedora for research
Stewarding Research Data with Fedora and Islandora


Mark Leggott, University Librarian, University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI), President of Discovery Garden Inc. and founder of the open source Islandora project explaining how an open standards-based system facilitates integration in the ecosystem of research in the data lifecycle.

Overview of Hydra solutions
A Case Study on General Repository Applications


Rick Johnson, Co-Director, Digital Library Initiatives and Scholarship Program at the University of Notre Dame along with Richard Green, Consultant to Library and Learning Innovation at the University of Hull provide overviews and demonstrations of production IRs that showcase the wide range of Hydra’s utility–applications for IR, Digital Exhibits, audio and video management, ETD’s, datasets, image libraries, and workflow management.