The impacts of coronavirus disease 2019 are being felt around the world, and access to digital materials is essential in this time of remote work and study. The Fedora community has been reflecting on the value of our collective digital repositories in helping our institutions and researchers navigate this unprecedented time. 

Many member institutions have seen increases in usage of digital repositories as teaching and learning has relied heavily upon digital access to special collections materials, and researchers have leveraged scholarly articles and research data to help aid in addressing the pandemic.

We highlight here two examples of where Fedora-based repositories are making a difference to faculty, students, and researchers in this time of COVID-19.

Screenshot of UNC Chapel Hill Coronavirus Research repository
UNC-Chapel Hill Coronavirus Research repository

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Fedora-based Carolina Digital Repository expands the reach of scholarship by making research and datasets available online. Many publications include coronavirus-related research, and they have captured a wealth of these publications in their  COVID-19 research page with content from the UNC-Chapel Hill Coronavirus Research Collection.



Screenshot of historic influenza poster
“Influenza spread by droplets sprayed from nose and throat”

The National Library of Medicine in the United States houses many historical collections related to quarantine, communicable disease control, influenza spread, and the flu pandemic of 1918. This kind of historical content is especially relevant today as we look to the past to help us in weathering the experience of the coronavirus, and provide valuable information to those studying public health. Of particular note is a post that features public health posters which are housed in their Fedora-based repository.

Fedora is free and open source, and we rely on our community to support our efforts. For more information on the Fedora program and tiered membership levels, please see the Fedora page on the LYRASIS website.

Este Pope is the Head of Digital Programs in the Amherst College Library