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Migrating data to a Fez repository

CollectionsAustralian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR)
Title: Migrating data to a Fez repository
Author(s): Weaver, Belinda
Keywords: digital sustainability
digital preservation
digital curation
digital stewardship
archival management
sustainable data collection
uq espace
metadata preservation
Fez + Fedora
digital repository
Publisher: Australia: Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR)
Brisbane, Qld: University of Queensland
This document records the process of migrating data to a Fez repository. Fez is a Web-based digital repository and workflow management system based on Fedora ( At the time of migration, the University of Queensland Library was using EPrints 2.2.1 [pepper] for its ePrintsUQ repository. Once we began to develop Fez, we did not upgrade to later versions of software since we knew we would be migrating data from ePrintsUQ to the Fez-based UQ eSpace. Since this document records our experiences of migration from an earlier version of, anyone seeking to migrate data into a Fez repository might encounter some small differences. Moving UQ publication data from an repository into a Fez repository (hereafter called UQ eSpace ( was part of a plan to integrate metadata (and, in some cases, full texts) about all UQ research outputs, including theses, images, multimedia and datasets, in a single repository. This tied in with the plan to identify and capture the research output of a single institution, the main task of the eScholarshipUQ testbed for the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories project ( The migration could not occur at UQ until the functionality in Fez was at least equal to that of the existing ePrintsUQ repository. Accordingly, as Fez development occurred throughout 2006, a list of functionality not currently supported in Fez was created so that programming of such development could be planned for and implemented.


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