Dura Space and Fedora technical overview

Fedora Commons and DSpace foundation have formed the Dura Space organization. The foundations are still separate entities. The goal of the Dura Space organisation is to create open technologies for durable digital content. This morning I attended a technical overview session hosted by individual Dspace and Fedora staff. Below are a few details about each product followed by an overview of the first offering from Dura Space.

DSpace

Where is Dspace heading? 2.0 can be expected early 2010

In the mean time 1.6 will be released as a stepping stone to 2.0 and will include bug fixes (due October 2009)

Fedora 3.2 details

Fedora want to shift to using Akubra to replace the old Fedora storage interface. The Akubra API is not turned on by default in the new version of Fedora (3.2), it is hoped that developers will take interest in it over time. This will allow the new technology to be tested and implemented gradually.

An interesting feature mentioned is being able to run multiple Fedoras instances with one tomcat instance.

Dura Space Organization

Dura Space is an organization. The first technology to emerge from Dura Space will be a product called Dura Cloud. Dura Cloud consists of a complete hosting service using Dura Space partners (commercial cloud providers). While Dura Space is offering a cloud computing solution as a service, it is possible to download the code and create a cloud computing solution inside your own institution.

Components used by Dura Space are Akubra (A pluggable file storage interface), Mulgura (Semantic store), and Dura Cloud.

Dura Space expect more components will be considered for use as they are discovered.

@MIRE (pronounced at – mire)

I took a bit of time to talk to Bram Luyten from @MIRE. From what I understand @MIRE is a commercial company that works very closely with the developers of DSpace. They have many clients running DSpace. Each client can request assistance from @MIRE regarding additions, add-ons, functionality improvements and bug fixes. I guess this is possible because of the fact that DSpace has a BSD license and some @MIRE staff are DSpace committers.

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