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EContent: This Fedora’s Big Enough for Any DAM Project

Oct 15, 2003, 11:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Manafy)

"When the library set out to purchase a digital library solution four years ago, it investigated all of the usual suspects along with content management and asset management vendors, but each solution left them wanting. As Thornton Staples, director of digital library research and development at Virginia describes it, 'There are not good digital library systems out there. Everyone worries so much about reinventing the wheel, but if you don't have a good wheel to begin with you aren't reinventing anything.'

"So when Staples and Ross Wayland, associate director of the digital library's R&D, read a paper by Sandra Payette and Carl Lagoze at Cornell, they were looking for something brand-new in digital library thinking. They liked what they read. According to Staples, 'We got their software and played with it. It was elegant, but it had no database and it was not optimized.' So, after some retooling of the prototype, the University of Virginia earned a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in September 2001 and formed a partnership with Cornell to develop the first digital object repository management system based on the Flexible Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture (Fedora)..."

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