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Title:Medusa: Service-Oriented Repository Architecture at the University of Illinois
Author(s):Robbins, Seth D.; Rimkus, Kyle
Subject(s):Data Repository
Preservation Repository
Digital Libraries
Medusa Architecture
Service-Oriented Architecture
Service-Oriented Design
Abstract:This presentation provides an overview of Medusa, an integrated digital library infrastructure for ingest, preservation, and access at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. It details the deployment of Medusa as a centralized digital preservation repository, and the establishment of associated services for efficiently taking custody of new digital library collections and publishing them to the web for patron access. Services built on or alongside Medusa include a discovery and access system for digitized archival holdings, a research data repository, and an institutional repository. By making a set of common core components and features available to multiple applications, Medusa’s suite of services are lightweight and easy to maintain. Applications built on Medusa have access to a common storage pool, so data can be shared, reused, centrally managed and preserved. Medusa distinguishes itself from many other institutions by intentionally placing a digital preservation service at the heart of its digital library infrastructure, an approach which benefits workflow efficiency and the scalability of digital library services. By building Medusa as infrastructure for preservation and access, rather than a siloed application for a single purpose, Illinois has opened the door to swiftly and effectively deploying a variety of digital library services.
Issue Date:2018-06-06
Citation Info:Robbins, Seth. “Medusa: Service-Oriented Repository Architecture at the University of Illinois,” at the Open Repositories 2018 Conference, Bozeman, MT, 6 June 2018.
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-06-07

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