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About the Repository

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The Carolina Digital Repository (CDR) is a repository for material in electronic formats produced by members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community. Its chief purpose is to provide for the long-term preservation of such materials. By preservation we mean the ability to ingest the material, index and search it, replicate it, and keep it safe from alteration.

The University Library, with the cooperation of the School of Information and Library Science and the Data Intensive Cyberinfrastructure Environments (DICE) Center, is actively developing the repository. Following standards developed in the reference model for an Open Archival Information Systems, the CDR employs theĀ Fedora Commons Repository as an object, model and services provider andĀ iRODS as a distributed storage and preservation system.

The University Library is a partner in the Policy-Driven Repository Infrastructure project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to build on the initial Fedora to iRODS connector and investigate interoperability issues in greater depth. UNC Libraries efforts with respect to the CDR are based on connecting these two technologies. This project brings together experts from Fedora, iRODS, CDR, the current integration of Fedora & iRODS, ISO-MOIMS, metadata, and institutional repositories.

In partnership with the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), Duke University and North Carolina State University, the University Library and UNC Information Technology Services are participating in a project funded by the Triangle University Center for Advanced Studies, Inc. (TUCASI) to develop policies and infrastructures that will support the federation of independent repositories built on diverse hardware and software platforms. The CDR will form one of the core technologies for this project.

For more information contact:

Will Owen
Head, Library Systems
CB #3946 Davis Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 29714-3946
(919) 962-1288 / owen@email.unc.edu

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May 21st, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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