Senior Software Engineer
Johns Hopkins University
Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies
Head of Digital Programs
Software comes and goes; it’s the data that matter. This philosophy has informed our efforts in the Fedora community, particularly over the past year, as we have focused on standardization, specification, and data portability. Foremost amongst these efforts is the formal specification of the Fedora API in order to facilitate interoperability with client applications. At the same time, discussions related to Fedora’s role in a digital preservation strategy, including a well-attended panel presentation at the 2016 CNI Fall Member Meeting, have led to a robust import/export utility and a proposal to define a common filesystem layout that specifies how repository resources are structured and stored on disk or in compressed archives. The common thread in all of these efforts is a focus on standardization and common practices that will outlive any particular software implementation. This panel will feature presentations and discussions from representatives of the Fedora community who have participated in these efforts from a variety of institutional perspectives.