Fedora in Action: the Flexible and Extensible Digital Repository Platform

Winchester, MA  Fedora (http://fedorarepository.org) is a robust, modular open source repository system for the management and dissemination of digital content. It is especially suited for digital libraries and archives, both for access and preservation. It is also used to provide specialized access to very large and complex digital collections of historic and cultural materials as well as scientific data. The current Fedora Repository Software release may be found here: http://fedorarepository.org/software/current.

Fedora’s flexibility enables it to integrate gracefully with many types of enterprise and web-based systems, offering scalability (e.g., millions of objects) and durability (e.g., all of the information is maintained in files with no software dependency, from which the complete repository can be rebuilt at any time). It also provides the ability to express rich sets of relationships among digital resources and to query the repository using the semantic web’s SPARQL query language.

Fedora has a worldwide installed user base that includes academic and cultural heritage organizations, universities, research institutions, university libraries, national libraries, and government agencies (http://registry.duraspace.org/registry/fedora).

Repository | images, Northwestern University Library


In 2007 the Northwestern University Library assumed responsibility for the Visual Media Collection (Art History Slide Library) and had to evaluate issues in three major areas of image collection management: digitization and cataloging, service assessment, and providing tools to make the collection useable. The Visual Media Collection was to become a wider Digital Image Library, thus collections and affiliated services were evaluated to determine how they would integrate with the digital repository and transition from serving one discipline to many. The result was the development of Repository | images: an institutional repository for images built using the Hydra technology framework and based on the Fedora digital repository system.

Northwestern faculty, students and staff can access the collection of 115,000 images while the public can access digital library collections that are identified as public.

URL:  https://images.library.northwestern.edu/

Related link: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/

Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI)


The Digital Repository of Ireland is an interactive trusted digital repository for contemporary and historical, social and cultural data held by Irish institutions. The Digital Repository of Ireland is built by a research consortium of six academic partners working together to deliver the repository, policies, guidelines and training. These research consortium partners are: Royal Irish Academy (RIA, lead institute), National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD).  

URL: http://www.dri.ie/

Related link: https://www.ria.ie/research/dri.aspx

Florida State University Digital Library, Florida Virtual Campus and Florida State University Libraries


The FSU Digital Library provides online access to Florida State University’s rich and unique historical collections of thousands of photos, pamphlets, historic maps, manuscripts, and rare books.  It highlights collections from Special Collections & Archives, Heritage Protocol, and the Claude Pepper Library, including yearbooks from 1900 to 1997, historical photos of campus, and selections from the Paul A.M. Dirac Papers.  The Digital Library supports active learning and engagement by providing ample opportunities for discovery and scholarship and continues to add new resources.

URL: http://fsu.digital.flvc.org/

Related link: https://www.lib.fsu.edu/announcement/fsu-libraries-launches-digital-library    

Research Direct, University of Western Sydney Library


Research Direct, the University of Western Sydney’s, institutional repository promotes access to over 21,000 journal articles, books, reports, and faculty and student output.  UWS research is made searchable and accessible to their internal and global research community through Research Direct.

URL: http://researchdirect.uws.edu.au/

Related links: http://library.uws.edu.au/uws_library/