At Open Repositories 2010, DuraSpace has recommended that the DSpace and Fedora communities investigate strategies to allow DSpace software to run “on top of” the Fedora platform. The goal of the initiative would be to add an option to install the DSpace application with “Fedora Inside”.
DSpace with “Fedora Inside” would be a version of the DSpace application which can store its contents (files and/or metadata) in Fedora. The goal is to retain the out-of-the-box experience that is DSpace, while also enabling the extra features that Fedora provides (e.g. versioning, relationships between objects, flexible architecture).
DuraSpace is looking for volunteers to help make this concept a reality. This work will happen in stages, over several releases of both DSpace and Fedora software. DuraSpace has already volunteering some staff time to help with this initiative.
More information about this “Fedora Inside” concept and how it could be implemented in DSpace is available in the DSpace & Fedora Integration FAQ.