Case Studies in Repository Workflows: Three Approaches
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"Lightweight workflow" is both an oxymoron, and a continual aspiration of the many stakeholders in the repository community. As part of the Hydra Project, the University of Hull, University of Virginia and Stanford University are collaboratively developing a reusable application framework that will sit on top of Fedora. Developing support for workflow (defined here as orchestrating multistep processes that may include human interaction) is integral to the project. The partners consciously chose to take three different paths in implementing and integrating workflow into the overall solution. This paper briefly details the three different workflow approaches the collaborators are taking, why they chose them, and the apparent pro's and cons of each.