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Fedora Users' Conference 2005

Fedora Users' Conference. May 13 - 14, 2005. Program Details

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Fedora Users' Conference. May 13 - 14, 2005. Teleconference Lecture Hall of the Scholarly Communication Center, Alexander Library, Rutgers University Libraries, New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

Fedora Users' Conference
May 13 - 14, 2005

Fedora Users' Conference - Program Details

Friday, May 13, 2005

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 Welcome and Introductory Remarks - Marianne Gaunt (University Librarian)

9:15 Getting Started with Fedora - Grace Agnew (Associate University Librarian)
Abstract Grace Agnew

9:45 The University of Virginia Digital Library Implementation — Leslie Johnston (University of Virginia)
Abstract Leslie Johnston

In fall 2004, the UVa Library made a first version Digital Library Repository based on the Fedora available to its community. The Repository contains TEI and image collections produced locally since mid-2003, selected licensed image collections, and UVa Library Special Collections EAD finding aids. This presentation focuses on the UVa Library implementation of Fedora. Fedora is the underlying architecture for the Repository, but not the complete management, indexing, discovery, and delivery application. The UVa Library's implementation required a large-scale effort to define a local architectural and service overlays specific to UVa's collections and functional requirements. The development process encompassed: * the creation, documentation, and adoption of new holistic standards for production; * a detailed analysis of the formats and configuration of media files and metadata for legacy collections for migration to current standards; * functional requirements for discovery and delivery services; * specification and development of content models and disseminators based on all of the above; and * the application of a unified interface design on top of the architecture. The Repository also includes the first release of the "Collector Tool" that allows users to create personal portfolios of objects. The current tool includes the ability to collect images into personal portfolios and generate slide shows or electronic reserve web sites that include pointers to the images and metadata in the Repository. Later releases will be generalized to support the collection of other object types, a sort of combination shopping cart and basic authoring tool for the entire Repository. The next steps for the Repository infrastructure development process are an evaluation of the production workflows, usability testing of the interface with groups of faculty and students, and migration to Fedora 2.1. The next steps for Repository content development are a review of additional legacy image and text collections for migration to current production standards and ingestion, and planning for additional content types, including data sets and digital video.

10:30 BREAK

11:00 The New Jersey Digital Highway — Ruth Bogan, Linda Langschied (Rutgers Univesity)
Abstract Ruth Bogan Linda Langschied

The New Jersey Digital Highway (NJDH) is a statewide repository and collaborative portal among cultural heritage information providers in New Jersey: libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, public broadcasting stations, and schools. Among its other functions, NJDH aims to establish, a solid digital preservation program, combining rigorous digitization strategies with sophisticated storage and access technologies. FEDORA is a critical component of the infrastructure for NJDH. This presentation will focus on the workflow challenges presented by the use of FEDORA in a distributed environment and the tools developed at Rutgers to manage the processes of file upload, generation of presentation formats, metadata creation and ingestion of digital objects. Rutgers Libraries are also currently involved in development of a toolkit for educators, so that they can take advantage of the rich resources available to them through the NJDH.

11:45 Architecture, Process and Object Models for the Encyclopedia of Chicago - Bill Parod (Northwestern University)
Abstract Bill Parod

The electronic edition of The Encyclopedia of Chicago is a collaboration of Chicago Historical Society, Newberry Library, and Northwestern University. It is based on the print edition published by University of Chicago Press, but extended for web publication. It contains a rich and diverse collection of materials including entries, photographs, newspapers, bound volumes, layered maps, timelines, and extended essays. This presentation will discuss the overall FEDORA architecture, content models, behavior models, and general workflow designed for the Encyclopedia's development.

12:30 LUNCH

1:30 Update on FEDORA Software Plans — Sandy Payette (Cornell University)
Abstract Sandy Payette

The Fedora Project continues to be devoted to the goal of providing flexible open-source digital repository software that can serve as the foundation for many types of information management systems including institutional repositories, digital libraries, multimedia authoring systems, archival repositories, educational software, and more. This session will provide an overview of new features of Fedora 2.0 including the ability to define relationships among digital objects, the new RDF-based Resource Index for querying "the graph" of inter-related objects, the new and simple XML format for encoding Fedora objects, and a new mass-update utility. Next, a preview of the upcoming Fedora 2.1 release (May 2005) will be offered with special attention given to the new authentication plug-in architecture and the XACML-based authorization module. Finally, a review of the Fedora Phase II development priorities and the new Fedora Service Framework will be presented. New services on the docket will be highlighted, including object ingest, workflow, preservation, advanced searching, and repository federation.

2:15 Architecting Extensible Digital Repository Services - Rob Chavez (Tufts University)
Abstract Rob Chavez

The Digital Collection and Archives (DCA) and Academic Technology (AT) department at Tufts University has developed a digital library architecture built around Fedora. The primary goal of this project is to provide for long-term management and integration of both new and legacy digital collections at Tufts University while leveraging the extensive toolsets developed by individual digital library projects at the university. This presentation describes the architecture of the Tufts Digital Library (TDL) and the services that we have built to allow assimilation and interoperability of existing Tufts digital libraries while allowing new creators of digital materials to add their content and write new applications for using and managing the material. Also presented is a discussion of the functionality and implementation details of the individual components of TDL and our design decisions and experiences with building a production level system around Fedora. Both the TDL and the Visual Understanding Environment will be presented to demonstrate how different applications interact with our architecture.

3:00 BREAK

3:30 Establishing FEDORA as a Leader: Achieving Market Penetration — Carl Grant (VTLS, Inc.)
Abstract Carl Grant

This session will look at ways to take leading-edge technology to the marketplace in order to achieve continual growth in market share. It will include a discussion of understanding market needs and product positioning in relation to those needs, marketplace education and dialogue, how to formulate product roll-out plans, the roles of advertising, conferences, trade-shows, presentations, corporate and educational partnerships and how to work with the press and consultants in achieving high-visibility early market penetration. We'll also explore the role of users groups and customers in helping a product achieve market penetration. We'll wrap up with a suggested action plan incorporating steps and processes discussed in the presentation.

4:15 Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions and Demonstrations

Australian Research Repositories Online to the World - Carl Grant, Geoff Payne (VTLS, Arrow)
New Jersey Digital Highway and Workflow Management System - Ruth Bogan (RU Libraries)
UVA Library Central Digital Repository - Leslie Johnston (University of Virginia)

The UVA Library's Fedora-based Repository for management, discovery, and use of locally digitized collections. The Repository includes a search interface for three different types of collections -- images, electronic texts and finding aids -- as well as a cross-collection search. Users may view texts, finding aids, and images online, download images as allowed, and create personal collections of images using a Digital Object Collector Tool. The Collector Tool may also be used to organize personal collections, create web pages, and generate slide shows for classroom use.

BOFs (To Be Announced)


6:00 Cocktails (Cash Bar) - Hyatt Regency Hotel

7:00 Dinner

8:30 After-Dinner Speaker- Sandy Payette (Cornell University)

9:00 Post-Dinner Informal Discussions

Saturday, May 14

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 Researching FEDORA's ability to Serve as a Preservation System for Electronic University Records - Robert Dockins, Kevin Glick (Yale University) and Eliot Wilczek (Tufts University)
Abstract Robert Dockins Kevin Glick Eliot Wilczek

The Digital Collections and Archives, Tufts University, in conjunction with Manuscripts and Archives of Yale University Library, is currently working on a National Historical Publications and Records Commission electronic records research grant, Fedora and the Preservation of University Records, to synthesize electronic records preservation research with digital library repository technology to develop systems capable of preserving university electronic records. This project is testing the potential of Fedora to serve as the architecture for such a system. This presentation will give an overview of the project's synthesis of recordkeeping system requirements and its analysis and development of requirements for a preservation system. The presentation will then discuss the project's analysis and development of the steps required to ingest records into a preservation system in a manner that meets the records' preservation requirements. The talk will conclude with a review of the project's identification of the tools needed to complete these ingest steps and its development and testing of some of these tools.

9:45 Digital Preservation Using the FEDORA Framework
Abstract Ron Jantz

Over the past several years, Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) has been investigating frameworks, or platforms, to provide the infrastructure for a digital library repository (DLR) and for digital preservation. These efforts have been informed by prototyping and interacting with our partners throughout the state of New Jersey. The objectives have been twofold: 1) To provide seamless, perpetual access to digital collections -- RUL resources and the resources of others, and 2) To create a flexible framework of 'core' capabilities providing the enabling infrastructure, interoperability, and sustainability. For the DLR, we wanted an open extensible framework that would allow growth with the ever- evolving needs of the University and other users throughout the state, and allow us to keep pace with technological advancements. For digital preservation, we wanted an infrastructure that would enable the preservation of digital surrogates for many different types of objects such as books, journal articles, maps, and photographs. This presentation will describe how Rutgers University Libraries is using FEDORA for digital archiving and preservation of many different types of information formats including electronic journals, numeric data, and rare manuscripts. The discussion will address some of the difficult archival issues such as 'what is the meaning of a digital original?' and how we might trace back through generations of migrated objects. Special technologies such as digital signatures and persistent identifiers will be discussed. Key services that are relevant for digital preservation will also be noted such as alerting services.

10:30 The AGU Digital Archive - Case Study of a Publisher's Use of FEDORA - Carter Glass (American Geophysical Union)
Abstract Carter Glass

As a leading scientific publisher, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has made a commitment to the long-tem digital preservation of their content. AGU has implemented a digital archive using FEDORA. Carter will describe AGU's use of FEDORA. The system consists of a FEDORA archive and numerous Perl programs to process, load and manage FEDORA context. He will present a complete overview of the architecture and describe the business rules and lessons learned implementing such an archive.

11:00 NSDL: Creating a Network Overlay Architecture with FEDORA - Carl Lagoze (Cornell University)
Abstract Carl Lagoze

As part of the NSF-funded National Science Digital Library (NSDL) project, we are using Fedora as the basis of an information network overlay architecture. This architecture exploits the new relationship functionality in Fedora 2.0 to provide contextualization of the distributed learning resources that are the foundation of the NSDL. In conjunction with this work, we have developed a number of unique content modeling principles for Fedora using OWL and the Protégé knowledge modeling tool.

11:45 LUNCH

1:00 Open Issues Discussion

2:00 Conference wrap up

3:00 Conference Concludes

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See related references in the news story "Fedora Version 2.0 Open-Source Repository Supports XML and Web Services."

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