Automating Digital Curation Workflows with Fedora

Bootcamp Organizer: David Wilcox

Abstract

Fedora is a flexible, extensible, open source repository platform for managing, preserving, and providing access to digital content. Fedora is used in a wide variety of institutions including libraries, museums, archives, and government organizations. Fedora 4 introduces native linked data capabilities and a modular architecture based on well-documented APIs and ease of integration with existing applications. Recent community initiatives have added more robust functionality for importing and exporting resources to and from Fedora in standard formats to support complete digital curation workflows. Both new and existing Fedora users will be interested in learning about and experiencing Fedora features and functionality first-hand. Attendees will be given pre-configured virtual machines that include Fedora bundled with the Solr search application and a triplestore that they can install on their laptops and continue using after the bootcamp. These virtual machines will be used to participate in hands-on exercises that will give attendees a chance to experience Fedora by following step-by-step instructions. After an introduction to the features and benefits of Fedora, participants will learn how to create and manage content in Fedora in accordance with linked data best practices. Attendees will also have a chance to import and export resources to and from Fedora as part of a digital curation workflow. Finally, participants will learn how to automate workflows for indexing, data transformations, and derivative generation.

Equipment Requirements

Projector/screen, wireless internet, power strips for participants. Participants should bring their own laptops.