We (Stephen Bayliss and Martin Dow) attended the 6th Annual Conference on Open Repositories (OR11) last week in Austin, Texas. The conference is an international gathering of those involved with digital repositories and libraries, including developers and managers.
We’ve been doing some work recently on integrating thesauri with the Fedora Commons repository platform (the Fedora repository platform is extensively used in the institutional sector for various digital media management tasks: transforming, archiving, curating and making available digital content and metadata).
As part of our presentation on using Semantic Web technologies for this integration we introduced the work we are doing with KReS to provide a semantically-integrated view of resource metadata, thesauri and Fedora’s digital object model.
The Stanbol platform is of particular interest to us in the work we do with Fedora – although Fedora includes some basic semantic capabilities out-of-the-box, there’s no established “plug-and-play” integration models for more capable semantic technologies such as those that KReS offers. Fedora’s not capable of processing ontologies and performing inferencing, and we’ve witnessed a growing demand for such capabilities.
The presentation was well received and we were approached by a number of interested folks after the session. Our chosen integration pattern of using JMS also seems to fit well with bus and messaging patterns that others want to use for integrating Fedora with external services.