The Hague, Netherlands Attendees rated the first Dutch Fedora User Meeting held on June 19, 2008 as a successful venture with discussions underway to make this meeting an annual event. The meeting was hosted by the DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) project. Some participants requested that Fedora Dutch User meetings be held up to three times a year. Special Interest Groups around topics such as standard content models may also emerge from this meeting.
Three demonstration computers in the conference room each displayed a different Fedora-based system: Fez, Muradora and PubMan as a way of emphasizing that the Fedora framework underlies several front-end content management systems. An interesting discussion suggested that the starting point for finding an archival solution for the user may exist in known and emerging front-ends that take advantage of Fedora’s flexible and extensible architecture.
More information about the meeting and a schedule of presentations (in Dutch) can be found here: http://www.dans.knaw.nl/nl/dans_symposia/fedora_op_klompen/fedora_op_klompen_2008/.
Additional highlights about projects in the Netherlands that use Fedora:
* The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is using Fedora and they will be working with VTLS. Project leader is Driek Heesakkers.
* A separate project called testweeklab at UvA uses Fedora and Sakai for storing and executing psychological surveys. Project leader is Casper Treijtel.
* The Kennisnet has given Func the assignment of making a few Fedora-enabled
applications for them. One of them is called Flori, its open-source. The
project leader of this at Func is Zoran Kovacevic.
* Delft University of Technology is showing a lot of interest in Fedora and will be doing a prototype soon. The project leader is Frits van Latum.
* Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) is doing a project called Easy On Fedora using eSciDoc. Lodewijk Bogaards is the project leader. Bogaards presentation that explains Fedora in general terms is available here: http://www.slideshare.net/LodewjkB/fedora-algemeenv2. It is suggested to view it using PowerPoint.
There is Dutch Fedora mailinglist now: FEDORAOPKLOMPEN@NIC.SURFNET.NL. If you would like to subscribe then send an email saying “SUBSCRIBE
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