About RUcore: Fedora, the Repository Architecture

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The repository architecture is Fedora, [2] an open-source repository application developed by Cornell University and the University of Virginia through a Mellon grant. Fedora-Flexible, Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture-is supported by a community of developers, including the Rutgers University Libraries, Tufts University, OhioLink, Cornell and the University of Virginia.

At its core, Fedora is a modular, extensible repository architecture that can store, manage, and deliver any type of digital information. Fedora makes no assumptions about the type of digital information it contains. Fedora can support pre-prints, books, journals, data sets, multimedia-anything that a participant considers useful information.

Fedora consists of two core modular service suites, written in web services description language (WSDL):

Fedora is designed to comply with the emerging information model for digital repositories, the Open Archives Information System Functional Model (OAIS) [3].

OAIS describes the core requirements of a repository that supports access to information for users, as well as the long-term preservation of information:

The OAIS Functional Model

Fedora provides a suite of services that support the preservation of information, particularly the concatenation of all the metadata needed to manage, preserve, safeguard and make accessible.

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