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Fedora Repository Futures: Towards an Evolutionary Development Roadmap

In recent months, many members of the Fedora community–both developers and stakeholders–have expressed a desire to refresh the product's vision, and to produce an evolutionary short- and mid-term development roadmap for the repository. The idea here is that while Fedora's conceptual architecture is proven and still sound, the underlying technology needs to become more responsive to a wide range of current and emerging requirements, more performant and scalable, and capable of advancing in a more agile development framework. The feeling is that this work would require considerably more effort and a different approach than is possible using our current model of volunteer developer contributions led and coordinated by the DuraSpace organization.

At the 2012 Open Repostitories Conference a group of Fedora stakeholders self-organized to plan some post-conference, informal discussions about "Fedora Futures". That group, encompassing representation from some large institutions, major projects like Hydra, Islandora, APTrust, and eSciDoc, plus DuraSpace, met last week for an initial conversation to explore these topics.  The outcome was very positive. The group found a lot of common ground and interest on possible approaches to improving Fedora.  Most importantly, a commitment was expressed to mobilize resources in the short term to organize a sustained effort to scale up the development of Fedora.

As this work takes shape, the group will reach out to the wider Fedora community of developers and other institutional stakeholders for feedback, recommendations, and support. This is the place to come for project updates and news

 

 

Edwin Shin to be Technical Lead for New and Improved Fedora Repository Platform Initiative

The DuraSpace organization is pleased to announce an agreement with Registered Service Provider MediaShelf (http://yourmediashelf.com/) to hire Edwin Shin (http://yourmediashelf.com/who-we-are/edwin-shin/) on an interim basis as Fedora Project Technical Lead.  Eddie will work with DuraSpace and a committee of stakeholders who recently got together to define a software project for making substantial improvements to Fedora through mid-year. At that time a permanent Fedora project lead will be engaged to continue development of "Fedora Futures".

Working with developers and the extended community, Eddie will be primarily responsible for helping the community develop the product vision, describing product functionality, and preparing an implementation plan. A number of Fedora committers will work with Eddie to achieve these goals. Additionally, he will manage and participate in Fedora committer meetings to ensure that everyone who is working on Fedora Repository platform improvements is informed and able to offer input.

If you would like the Fedora developers at your institution to participate in the project, please contact Eddie directly by email: edwin.shin@yourmediashelf.com.  If you would like to find out how to otherwise support the project, please email Jonathan Markow: jjmarkow@duraspace.org.

 

 

 

News

Learn more and get involved with Fedora Futures at the CNI Fall Meeting:

Project Briefing: The Future of Fedora, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm - Room TBA

Edwin Shin, MediaShelf
Tom Cramer, Stanford University
Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe
Jonathan Markow, DuraSpace
Thornton Staples, Smithsonian Institution
Mark Leggott, DiscoveryGarden

Post-meeting Discussion Session: Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 3:30pm to 5:00pm - Pan American Room

Open to all

Speak with Fedora stakeholders, Fedora Futures project team, DuraSpace

Learn more about the project!

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