We are shouting it from the roof tops: The migration from Fedora 3 to Fedora 4 is complete! And Digital Repository Services are not the only ones relieved. We appreciate the understanding that our colleagues and users have shown as they’ve been inconvenienced while we’ve built a more resilient, more durable, more sustainable preservation platform in which to store and share our digital assets.
We began the migration of data from Fedora 3 on Monday, May 23rd. In this time we’ve migrated roughly 337,000 objects in the Duke Digital Repository. The data migration was split into several phases. In case you’re interested, here are the details:
- Collections were identified for migration beginning with unpublished collections, which comprise about 70% of the materials in the repository
- Collections to be migrated were locked for editing in the Fedora 3 repository to prevent changes that inadvertently won’t be migrated to the new repository
- Collections to be migrated were passed to 10 migration processors for actual ingest into Fedora 4
- Objects were migrated first. This includes the collection object, content objects, item objects, color targets for digital imaging, and attachments (objects related to, but not part of, a collection like deposit agreements
- Then relationships between objects were migrated
- Last, metadata was migrated
- Collections were then validated in Fedora 4
- When validation is complete, collections will be unlocked for editing in Fedora 4
Presto! Voila! That’s it!
While our customized version of the Fedora migrate gem does some validation of migrated content, we’ve elected to build an independent process to provide validation. Some of the validation is straightforward such as comparing checksums of Fedora 3 files against those in Fedora 4. In other cases, being confident that we’ve migrated everything accurately can be much more difficult. In Fedora 3, we can compare checksums of metadata files while in Fedora 4 object metadata is stored opaquely in a database without checksums that can be compared. The short of it is that we’re working hard to prove successful migration of all of our content and it’s harder than it looks. It’s kind of like insurance- protecting us from the risk of lost or improperly migrated data.
We’re in the final phases of spiffing up the Fedora 4 Digital Repository user interface, which is scheduled to be deployed the week of July 11th. That release will not include any significant design changes, but is simply compatible with the new Fedora 4 code base. We are planning to release enhancements to our Data & Visualizations collection, and are prioritizing work on the homepage of the Duke Digital Repository… you will likely see an update on that coming up in a subsequent blog post!