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The Washington D.C. Area Fedora Users Group meets twice annually to share project updates, exchange ideas, and collaborate on Fedora-related activities. The meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. Please join the mailing list for updates.


3-4 October 2017
10am-4pm (both days)


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
8800 Greenbelt Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20771


To attend the meeting, please complete the meeting registration form. Due to stringent security requirements at NASA Goddard, only pre-screened participants will be able to attend the meeting.  Please complete the form no later than 5pm on Monday, September 18 to allow sufficient time for the pre-screening.


Meals and Refreshments

Please get in touch if your institution is interested in sponsoring some.


Day 1 (Oct. 3)

Day 2 (Oct. 4)


Day 1 (Oct. 3)

The first day will feature presentations and project updates from Fedora community members.  Please feel free to add your name if you are interested in giving a presentation at the meeting.  You may also add topics of group discussion.  Please just choose an available time slot or subdivide a time slot if you want to propose a shorter presentation, but note that the details of the schedule are all subject to change.




10:00 - 10:30Welcome coffee and introductionsAll
10:30 - 11:00

Institutional updates round

(One person from each institution in attendance will be asked to give a short overview of work going on at their institution, particularly work not covered in longer presentations.)


11:00 - 11:30

Master storage in AWS Glacier

Doron Shalvi,

Calvin Xu

11:30 - 12:00NASA Goddard Library migration update

Adrienne Hieb,

Matt Pearson, Mitchell Shelton

12:00 - 1:30Lunch 
1:30 - 2:00API Alignment Sprint UpdateJoshua Westgard
2:00 - 2:30Maryland Student Newspapers Demo

Ben Wallberg

2:30 - 2:45Break 
2:45 - 3:15

A Python-based bulkload client for the Fedora REST API: Some techniques, best practices, and lessons learned.

umd-lib/newspaper-batchloader on GitHub

Joshua Westgard
3:15 - 3:45OCR Text as Web Annotations

Peter Eichman

3:45 - 4:00Wrap up & discussionAll

Day 2 (Oct. 4)

The second day will be a workshop.




10:00 - 10:15

Welcome & coffeeAll
10:15 - 12:00


  • Content Modeling
  • Import/Export

John Rees

Joshua Westgard

12:00 - 1:00Lunch 
1:00 - 2:45

Tour of Goddard Facilities

Matthew Pearson

2:45 - 3:00Break/Transition
3:00 - 4:00Wrap-up RoundtableAll

Takeaways and Action Items

  • Concerns were raised about the way the current implementation exposes the path to files as the RDF subject rather than an opaque identifier-based URI. It was agreed that the follow-up conversation should be brought to the wider community.
  • Future meetings will be organized by a committee, initially consisting of representatives from the four institutions in attendance at this meeting (NLM, NASA, NAL, UMD).
  • Goals for future meetings are to further expand the active participation of local LAM institutions who are either using or interested in Fedora.
  • Some ideas for future meeting programs:
    • Training/workshops on specific related technologies, such as Samvera, Islandora, IIIf, etc.
    • Perhaps a "Fedora 101" training would be useful for attracting non-users interested in exploring what Fedora is
    • Explore aligning FUG meetings with other local meetings as a way to increase attendance (CNI?)
    • Try to advertise more thoroughly and widely
    • Explore connecting with other FUGs (either a nationwide "virtual connect" type meeting, or perhaps a physical meetup with the Mid-Atlantic FUG – possibly with Baltimore as the meeting place)
    • The presence of a Duraspace rep at the meeting is desirable and should be maintained if possible going forward.
  • We should look to create a presence for Fedora and the FUG at the upcoming C4L in Washington – though it is probably too late to get formally on the program, we should seek out ways to create some presence for the FUG there.

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  1. The meeting registration link in the registration section is broken.

    1. Thanks for catching this. Should be fixed now, I hope!

  2. What room are we meeting in once we get to the library?

    1. The location where we'll be is called the Goddard Information and Collaboration Center (GIC2) / Goddard Library.  There is also a specific room number, but I'm told that's not particularly meaningful when it comes to asking directions or locating us. Instead here's a visualization of the location in the building: