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Enhanced Preservation, Fewer Migrations: Fedora 6 and the Oxford Common File Layout

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Fedora 6, the next major version of Fedora, will focus on digital preservation by aligning with the Oxford Common File Layout (OCFL). The OFCL is an application-independent approach to the storage of digital objects in a structured, transparent, and predictable manner. This provides many benefits, including

storage diversity, to ensure content can be stored on diverse storage infrastructures including cloud object stores

parsability, both by humans and machines, to ensure content can be understood in the absence of original software

robustness against errors, corruption, and migration between storage technologies

versioning, so repositories can make changes to objects allowing its history to persist

and completeness, so that a repository can be rebuilt from the files it stores. This presentation will provide an overview of the Fedora 6 design, including a brief introduction to the OCFL and how it is being implemented, along with a summary of development progress to date and the anticipated timeline for the 6.0 release. The video recording of this segment is available at the 'Related URL' below.

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