About Fedora

Fedora is a robust, modular, open source repository system for the management and dissemination of digital content. It is especially suited for digital libraries and archives, both for access and preservation. It is also used to provide specialized access to very large and complex digital collections of historic and cultural materials as well as scientific data. Fedora has a worldwide installed user base that includes academic and cultural heritage organizations, universities, research institutions, university libraries, national libraries, and government agencies.  

The Fedora Repository Project is led by the Fedora Leadership Group and is under the stewardship of the DuraSpace not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open source technology projects and solutions that focus on durable, persistent access to digital data. 

In partnership with stakeholder community members DuraSpace has put together global, strategic collaborations to sustain Fedora which is used by more than three hundred institutions. The Fedora project is directly supported with in-kind contributions of development resources and financial donations through the DuraSpace community membership program. Learn more about DuraSpace support for open source technology projects and solutions here.

Fedora (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture) was originally developed by researchers at Cornell University as an architecture for storing, managing, and accessing digital content in the form of digital objects inspired by the Kahn and Wilensky Framework.  Fedora defines a set of abstractions for expressing digital objects, asserting relationships among digital objects, and linking "behaviors" (i.e., services) to digital objects.

The global Fedora Repository Project community is made up of registered sites, sponsoring organizations, service providers and code contributors. This community comes together to express common needs, use cases, and collaborate on software development. Additional tools, applications, and utilities that augment the Fedora repository including the HydraIslandora and Avalon platforms have been made available by community members.

Fedora Repository software enables long-term access to digital resources.  A key feature of Fedora is its flexibility so it can be used to support all types of digital content. There are numerous examples of Fedora being used for digital collections, e-research, digital libraries, archives, digital preservation, institutional repositories, open access publishing, document management, digital asset management, and more. The following is a short categorical list of the types of organizations in the Fedora user community:

  • broadcasting and media
  • consortia
  • corporations
  • government agencies
  • IT-related institutions
  • medical centers and libraries
  • museums and cultural organizations
  • national and public libraries and archives
  • professional societies
  • publishing
  • research groups and projects
  • semantic and virtual library projects
  • university libraries and archives

To find out more about the Fedora user community, please visit the Fedora User Registry.

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