History

Below is a brief timeline of the major events in the Fedora Repository Project's history:

1997 - Sandy Payette and Carl Lagoze created the original Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture (Fedora) at Cornell University

1998 - Fedora reference implementation developed and made available to researchers and the public

1998 - Original Fedora article published by Payette and Lagoze

2000 - Thornton Staples and Rosser Wayland, at the University of Virginia Library created prototype digital library system using the Fedora architecture

2001 - Fedora Project Phase I:  Cornell University and University of Virginia received grant from Mellon Foundation to build open source Fedora

2002 - Beta release of Fedora open source software

2003 - First public release of Fedora open source software (Fedora 1.0)

2004 - Fedora Project Phase II: Cornell University and University of Virginia received second grant from Mellon Foundation to continue development

2005 - Fedora 2.0 released

2006 - Significant growth of Fedora user community

2007 - Start-up of Fedora Commons not-for-profit organization with grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

2008 - Fedora 3.0 released

2009 - Fedora Commons joined with the DSpace Foundation and began operating under the new name DuraSpace in July 2009

2011 - Fedora 3.5 released

2012 - Fedora Futures community initiative established to refresh the Fedora repository platform for the next 5-10 years and reinvigorate the community

2013 - Fedora 4.0 Alpha 2 released

2013 - Fedora 3.7.0 and 3.7.1 released to ensure that Fedora 3 users continue to have access to stable repository functionality. 

2013 - First issue of the Fedora Quarterly Report published

Name History

Below is a description regarding the history of the Fedora Repository Project's name:

1997 - Research project at Cornell University is named the Flexibile Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture (Fedora)

1998 - Fedora name is used in article published by Payette and Lagoze and in research software that is released to public under the Fedora name

2005 - Red Hat, Inc. filed a trademark request for the name "Fedora" to be associated with their Linux operating system project. Cornell and UVA formally disputed the request and, as a final settlement, all parties settled on a co-existence agreement that stated that the Cornell-UVA project could use the name when clearly associated with open source software for digital object repository systems and that Red Hat could use the name when it was clearly associated with open source computer operating systems. The transferable agreement stipulated that each project must display the following text on their web site:

Cornell University and the University of Virginia offer an open source digital object repository software under the mark FEDORA Project. Red Hat's FEDORA Project is not affiliated, connected, or associated with the FEDORA Project of Cornell University and the University of Virginia. Cornell University and the University of Virginia do not sponsor, approve of, or endorse Red Hat's FEDORA Project.

Red Hat, Inc. offers open source computer software for operating computer systems under the mark FEDORA Project. The FEDORA Project of Cornell University and the University of Virginia is not affiliated, connected, or associated with the FEDORA Project of Red Hat, Inc. Red Hat, Inc. does not sponsor, approve of, or endorse the FEDORA Project of Cornell University and the University of Virginia.

Interesting Facts

Everything you ever wanted to learn about the little-known facts surrounding Fedora.

  1. FEDORA is an acronym that means Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture.
  2. The logo was intended to represents a network or graph of interconnected digital objects.  However, the red nodes have been affectionately referred to by many as the "meatballs" or the "red meatballs".
  3. The original research that led the first Fedora prototype at Cornell University was conducted in the Digital Library Research Group in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University.  The research was funded by DARPA and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  4. To learn more about the original Fedora research, check out the old web site courtesy of Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.

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