Program Coordinator / Outreach & Community Engagement Rep.
Scholarly Communication Librarian
Director of Strategic Technology Partnerships & Initiatives
University of Virginia
In 2020 the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded LYRASIS a grant in support of a migration work: “Fedora Migration Paths and Tools: A Pilot Project” (LG-246264-OLS-20). The DuraSpace Community Supported Programs at LYRASIS have worked with two institutions to develop, pilot, and document migration tools and paths to upgrade the repository software Fedora 3, which is widely used but no longer supported, to Fedora 6. Fedora 3 repository software is used by hundreds of libraries and archives in North America and beyond to preserve and deliver scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage resources and services to patrons, often including unique digital content. Continued community reliance on Fedora 3 puts the stability, security, accessibility, and functionality of these repositories at risk. The community identified migration tools and documentation during a planning project as important resources to support Fedora 3 upgrade and migration processes, which are necessary to sustain repositories that provide critical access to digital collections. Staff from the two institutions engaged in these grant-funded migrations, Whitman College and the University of Virginia, will discuss the nearly complete pilot work. The briefing will include a discussion of the migration work, the tooling, and lessons learned. Speakers will reflect on technology, but also data modeling and metadata as part of a repository migration. Speakers will also touch on the goals for and affordances of Fedora 6, which was released this summer, with specific reference to repository migrations.