Chief Technology Strategist & Associate Director
Chief Strategy Officer
Director, Office of Research Information Services
Fedora (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture) is an open source system under the stewardship of the DuraSpace not-for-profit organization. Fedora is in use around the world, and has met the goal of becoming a durable repository for hundreds of institutions, with years of proven, production-level software supported by a vibrant community. But the world has changed as Fedora has matured, and new needs are emerging for scaling, performance and ability to integrate into wider ecosystems. Research data management, linked data, and ease of incorporation into frameworks like eSciDoc, Hydra, Islandora and microservice-based architectures have become paramount concerns.
To meet these emerging needs and position Fedora to not just survive but thrive in the face of these challenges, a small set of activist Fedora users has engaged with DuraSpace to develop a “Fedora Futures” strategy, with the goal of dramatically increasing the project’s velocity and level of community investment to address these challenges and expand Fedora into new markets over the next three years. Members of the Fedora community and DuraSpace will discuss planned improvements in this presentation and panel discussion.