Fedora – Repository software survey, March 2009


Name: Fedora Commons
Home Page URL: http://www.fedora-commons.org/
Type: Not-for-profit
Other (Specify): -

Repository Software Product

Product Name: Fedora
Product URL: http://www.fedora-commons.org/developers/fedora.php
Latest Version ID: 3.1
Cost: Free

Supported Item Types (Storage and rendition)

Documents (pdf, doc, ppt,...): current standard
Images (jpeg, gif, png,...): current standard
Video (mpeg, avi,...): current standard
Audio (mp3, wav,...): current standard
Learning objects (scorm,...): current standard
Other: current standard
Other (specifics): Can store & manage all content types

Thumbnail Previews

Image Files: current 3rd party
Video Files: current 3rd party
PDF & Texts: current 3rd party

User Interface Functions

End-user Deposition: current 3rd party
Built-in PDF Making: -
Multi-language Support: current optional

Advanced Searching

Field-specific: Field-specific
Boolean logic: Boolean logic
Sorting options: Sorting options

Browse View Options

Author: Author
Academic Unit: Academic Unit
Subjects: Subjects
Year: Year
Title: Title
Collections: Collections
Other: Latest additions & updates

Default Subject Classes

LoC Classification: -
LoC Subject Headings: -
DDC: -
UDC: -
Other: Repository administrator choice

News Feeds

Atom: Atom

User Validation

Registration Required: -
LDAP Authentication: current optional
Athens Authentication: current 3rd party
Shiboleth Authentication: current 3rd party

Statistical Reporting

Top Downloads: current 3rd party
Count of Full Records: current standard

Software Platforms & Dependencies

Operating Systems

Windows: Windows
Other: -


Oracle: -
PostgreSQL: PostgreSQL
Sybase: -
Other: Other
Other (Specifics): MS SQLServer

Scripting Languages

PHP: -
JavaScript: -
Other: Other
Other (Specifics): Java

Metadata Formats

Dublin Core: Dublin Core
Qualified DC: Qualified DC
Other: Can hold any metadata format

Other Specifications

Other Specifications: Uses RDF

Machine-to-Machine Interoperabilty

OAI-PMH: current optional
SWORD: current 3rd party
SWAP: current optional
RoMEO Integration: -
Other: SRU/SRW

Administrators' Functions

Bulk Import: current standard
Bulk Export: current standard
Cover Sheet Generation: -
Customisable Workflow: current standard

Documentation & Help

Online Manual URL: https://fedora-commons.org/confluence/dashboard.action
Discussion List: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/fedora-commons-users
Helpline Email: -
Phone: -


Training: -
Consultancy: Consultancy
Site Visits: -
Other: User groups

Exemplar Repositories

1. Name: University of Hull digital repository
URL: http://edocs.hull.ac.uk
2. Name: University of Queensland eSpace
URL: http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/
3. Name: National Science Digital Library
URL: http://nsdl.org/


: Fedora is not a repository product, as such, but a repository platform that can be built upon in a flexible way to meet specific requirements. The responses given here relate to known implementations, which may not provide all the indicated functionality but indicate the capability that Fedora can offer.

Fedora repositories in OpenDOAR

List of Repositories: http://www.opendoar.org/find.php?rSoftWareName=Fedora&format=titles&step=50
Worldwide Google Map: http://www.opendoar.org/find.php?rSoftWareName=Fedora&format=gmap


  • Current - Features in the product version that users can download/install and use today.
  • Future - Features that are currently undergoing testing or are planned for a future version.
  • Standard - Features that come "out of the box" and whose removal or disabling would require special effort.
  • Optional - Features that come as part of the normal package but which users must install or enable if they want them.
  • 3rd Party - Features that can be provided using software or add-ins from third party suppliers.
  • [blank] - The product does not have the relevant feature.

The information in this data sheet has been provided by Fedora Commons in response to an RSP survey, and has not necessarily been verified by RSP staff.

March 2009