Medusa Core

Connect to Medusa Core

The Medusa Core is not accessed directly, and is not publicly available.


Medusa is the underlying repository framework that supports many different digital collection activities, including long-term digital preservation.

When is this service available

The Medusa core is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Priority level for this service

Maintaining the Medusa core is a critical priority for Library IT. We make every effort to resolve problems with this service as quickly as possible.

How to report a problem

Problems with the Medusa core will either be detected automatically, or will be reported through public facing services that sit on top of the core.

Who can use this service

Leveraging the Medusa core is restricted to Library approved software development and API activities.  For more information, contact the IT Help Desk at 244-4688 or


Documentation for Medusa Core is stored on the Illinois Wiki.

What you must have to use this service

Contact the Library IT Help Desk at 244-4688 or for information pertaining to specific applications.

Service owners

Kyle Rimkus

Dependencies on other services

The Medusa Core has several constituent technologies:

  • RabbitMQ for message queuing between servers;
  • Fedora
  • SOLR
  • Kumquat (Digital Library Service)
  • IIIF
  • RDF
  • NCSA condo storage
  • NCSA Campus Cluster
  • Amazon Glacier

Date created

April 2, 2015

Date revised

November 29, 2016