eSciDoc Infrastructure: a Fedora-based e-Research Framework
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eSciDoc is the open-source e-Research environment jointly created by the German Max Planck Society and FIZ Karlsruhe. It consists of a generic set of basic services ("eSciDoc Infrastructure") and various applications built on top of this infrastructure ("eSciDoc Solutions"). This presentation will focus on the eSciDoc Infrastructure, highlight the differences to the underlying Fedora repository, and demonstrate its powerful und application-centric programming model. In the end of 2008, we released version 1.0 of the eSciDoc Infrastructure. Digital Repositories undergo yet again a substantial change of paradigm. While they started several years ago with a library perspective, mainly focusing on publications, they are now becoming more and more a commodity tool for the workaday life of researchers. Quite often the repository itself is just a background service, providing storage, persistent identification, preservation, and discovery of the content. It is hidden from the end-user by means of specialized applications or services. Fedora's approach of providing a repository architecture rather than an end-user tool accommodates well to this evolution. eSciDoc, from the start of the project nearly five years ago, has emphasized this design pattern by separating backend services (eSciDoc Infrastructure) and front-end applications (eSciDoc Solutions).