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Session Overview
FED2: Fedora Interest Group 2: Fedora 4 Adoption
Thursday, 11/Jun/2015:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session Chair: Stefano Cossu
Location: Regency A


Finding Your Inner Metadata

Aaron Coburn

Amherst College, United States of America

The quality of metadata in a repository is one of the most significant factors affecting its usefulness. In some cases, however, the amount of structured metadata is so minimal to be of little practical value. This talk will discuss a project at Amherst College to archive over ten years of digital photographs in a Fedora4 repository, a collection representing nearly one million objects and over 20 TB of data. Because approximately 90% of the collection has little to no descriptive metadata, the project is also experimenting with a series of machine learning algorithms to find patterns in the images themselves -- patterns that will be used to enhance the metadata in an semi-automated fashion. This talk will also describe how we are making extensive use of the RDF-based data model provided by Fedora4 to partition different categories of metadata into distinct levels of trustworthiness.

Coburn-Finding Your Inner Metadata-167.pdf

A Fedora 4 Repository from the Ground Up at the University of Maryland

Joshua A. Westgard

University of Maryland Libraries, United States of America

The digital collections repository of the University of Maryland Libraries celebrated its 10th anniversary in January 2015. While this homegrown system -- built on Fedora 2 and supported by two locally developed metadata schemas -- has served us well, after 10 years it is clearly showing its age. Over the years a combination of staff turnover and other, higher departmental priorities have conspired to prevent the upgrade to Fedora 3 from becoming a top priority. With the release of Fedora 4 this year, however, the stars seem to have aligned to give us the opportunity to re-envision our digital collections repository and make a fresh start with the new system.

In this presentation I will describe our ongoing efforts to design and implement a Fedora 4 based repository system in 2015. By the time of the conference in June, we will be roughly halfway through an initial year-long development process. The objectives of this project are: (1) to leverage the repository improvements of Fedora 4, (2) to migrate some existing services and applications to the new system, and (3) to develop new features that were unrealized in the development of the previous repository and its interfaces.

Westgard-A Fedora 4 Repository from the Ground Up at the University-71.pdf

Islandora and Fedora 4; The Atonement.

Nick Ruest1, Daniel Lamb2, Melissa Anez3

1York University; 2discoverygarden; 3Islandora Foundation

In the context of repository platforms, Islandora has a fair bit of age, and with that a fair bit of cruft. In the early winter of 2014/2015 the Islandora community began working on a project plan to outline what would be needed in a version of Islandora that would work with of Fedora 4, and what resources would be needed to build it. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, as well as an in-depth technical overview and demonstration of the new functionality.

Ruest-Islandora and Fedora 4 The Atonement-100.pdf