Midwest Fedora User Group Meeting. A place to meet in person to discuss topics, share experience and learn about Fedora, Hydra, Islandora, PCDM and other such fun things. 


This event is free and open to all who want to participate. Fedora veterans, enthusiasts and curious technologists from the Library, Archive and Museum community are welcome.

Note: registration is required. Register here.


22-23 October 2015

Day 1: 9:00am - 5pm  

 Day 2: 9:00am - 3pm  

Start and end times are subject to change depending on schedule. See Agenda below.


The Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago, IL

Morton Auditorium



If you are coming from O'Hare airport the fastest and most convenient way to get to the museum is taking the Blue Line train to the Monroe stop and walk two blocks east on Monroe Street.

Driving directions, parking and other information are found on http://www.artic.edu/visit/directions-and-parking

Enter through staff entrance before 10am. Participants will be escorted through the staff entrance.

The staff entrance is on 125 East Monroe Street. Walk on Monroe past Michigan Avenue and proceed for a few hundred feet and you will see a big loading dock on the right side, just before the train tracks. The staff entrance is a white door to the right of the dock.



Day 1 (October 22)

Individual presentations


9:00 - 10:00

Welcome and Introductions


10:00 - 11:00

Fedora updates

Andrew Woods (Duraspace)


11:00 - 11:15

Cantaloupe IIIF image server

Alex Dolski (UIUC)


11:15 - 11:25

Fedora-based Digital Asset Management System at the Art InstituteStefano Cossu (AIC) 

11:25 - 12:00

Tech Tour of the Art Institute

Stefano Cosssu 

12:00 - 1:00



1:00 - 1:20

Fedora and Avalon Media System

Carrick Rogers (Indiana University)

I would be happy to present on Avalon Media System and our usage of Fedora within the project. AMS is currently on Fedora 3 and I'd be happy to talk about our usage of Fedora 3, lessons learned from our data models and what we're looking at improving as we look at a Fedora 4 upgrade.

1:20 - 1:40

Galter Health Sciences Library use case

Violeta Ilik (Northwestern University)

Galter Health Sciences Library is running a repository built on Fedora/Hydra (Sufia project) and we would love to share our experience with this outstanding group. we are utilizing external LOD vocabularies, ontologies to better capture the scholarly output on the Northwestern University Medical Campus. Link to slides: https://digitalhub.northwestern.edu/files/k643b116n

1:40 - 2:00

Sipity Demonstration

Jeremy FriesenSipity: A plugin-ready and extensible Rails application for modeling approval style workflows.

2:00 - 2:10



2:30 - 4:30

Round table discussion: PCDM


4:30 – 4:45

Discussion and wrap-up



Free museum visit Museum is open till 8pm on Thursdays! Feel free to visit.


Dinner at Vapiano?

  See Dining below

Day 2 (October 23)

Hands-on workshops

9:00 – 9:30Welcome and Introductions
9:30 – 11:00Fedora 4 core features firsthand
11:00 – 12:00Migrating from Fedora 3 to 4
12:00 – 1:00Lunch
1:00 – 2:30External integrations - Apache Camel
2:30 – 3:00Discussion and wrap-up

Minutes from discussions


Other Information


Fancy hotels near the museum:

Palmer House (Hilton)

Silversmith Hotel

Less fancy but convenient locations:

Longman and Eagle – TINY hotel & restaurant on the hip Logan Square neighborhood. Across the Blue Line stop, 20 minutes from downtown

You can also look for Airbnb locations near the California, Western, Damen Blue Line stops.


GePaDe – my favorite breakfast and lunch place, across the museum entrance. You must try their cannoli and gelato. They serve pizza too.

Museum Cafe – the AIC lower level cafe offers healthy, tasty and convenient lunch options. Can get crowded in the summer.

Vapiano – across the Palmer House. Good pizza & pasta