Conference Paper

Architecting an Extensible Digital Repository

Academic Technol., Tufts Univ., Medford, MA, USA
DOI: 10.1109/JCDL.2004.1336088 Conference: Digital Libraries, 2004. Proceedings of the 2004 Joint ACM/IEEE Conference on
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The digital collection and archives (DCA) in partnership with Academic Technology (AT) at Tufts University developed a digital library solution for long-term storage and integration of existing digital collections, such as Perseus, TUSK, Bolles and Artifact. We describe the Tufts digital library (TDL) architecture. TDL is an extensible, modular, flexible and scalable architecture that uses Fedora at its core. The extensible nature of the TDL architecture allows for seamless integration of collections that may be developed in the future, while leveraging the extensive tools that are available as part of individual digital library applications at Tufts. We describe the functionality and implementation details of the individual components of TDL. Two applications that have successfully interfaced with TDL are presented. We conclude with some remarks about the future development of TDL.

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    • "Fedora is a flexible repository system with powerful digital object model for managing institutional repository needs [1]. Fedora has become one of the popular repository systems and Tufts University has adopted it as the framework for its digital repository [2]. Some of the features, which make Fedora appealing to us include versioning, policy model, object extensibility, support for rdf, and objects relationship management. "
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