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Accommodating Diverse Search Requirements over a Fedora Repository

Durbin, M. and Dunn, J. (2008) Accommodating Diverse Search Requirements over a Fedora Repository. In: Third International Conference on Open Repositories 2008, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, United Kingdom.

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Fedora offers the flexibility to store all types of digital objects with any type of metadata. In the Fedora repository for Indiana University’s Digital Library Program, intended to serve both access and preservation needs, we store an increasing number of object types representing items ranging from scanned books to documentary photographs to three-dimensional puzzles. Other object types, including digital video and audio, are also on the horizon. In addition, we store objects representing more abstract concepts, such as a piece of sheet music for which various editions may have been scanned or an archival collection containing many component objects. Metadata useful for finding a given item may exist at any of these levels, and many items also contain searchable full text content. Besides simply having a wide variety of objects, collection purposes, access models, and user needs vary widely across the contents of the repository. With such diversity, the common ground between objects shrinks, as does the usefulness of a one-size-fits-all search solution. In this talk, we will cover strategies for managing such diverse and evolving discovery needs over a growing Fedora repository. We will discuss our experiences with existing tools as well as the design and justification for new tools that we have developed. With sustainability as one of our primary goals, we will discuss the technical and organizational challenges associated with the incremental process of providing useful and complete search and discovery access to our Fedora repository from within a variety of user environments.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators:Michael Durbin, Jon Dunn
Subjects:User Groups > Fedora User Group > Search
ID Code:105
Deposited By: Leslie Carr
Deposited On:09 Apr 2008 07:19
Last Modified:26 Oct 2011 16:08


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