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Volume 1, Issue 4 -- October - November 2009

The DuraSpace Digest highlights recent blog posts about news, events, releases, and opportunities to the DuraSpace community. Subscribe to the DuraSpace Blog RSS here:


DuraSpace Reaches Out to Decision-Makers Through Open Source Development Process with Launch of Solution CommunitiesAt the heart of any open source project are the people who come together to create innovative software. DuraSpace, a non-profit organization that combines Fedora Commons and DSpace technologies, has announced a launch of their Solution Community program to extend participation in open source software development to strategic decision makers. Read the post. Related link.

Fall DSpace User Group Meeting RecapOver 90 participants from 20 different countries attended the fall DSUG 2009 meeting held in Gothenburg, Sweden. In addition to the European community, DSpace users from the United States, Brazil, New Zealand and Singapore were on hand to connect with fellow DSpace users. Read the post. Related link.

Shining a Light on Cloud Computing for Higher EdEarlier this month EDUCAUSE 2009 was held in the midst of concern over shrinking budgets and increasing IT needs at institutions of higher education. The "Cloud Computing: Hype or Hope" sessions unpacked advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing for higher education. Read the post. Related link.

DSpace 1.6 Testathon: The Big Bug HuntDSpace 1.6 is in the final weeks of development. There are a just a few items to wrap up before we enter the community testing and bug hunt phase starting on Monday, December 7. Read the post. Related link.

Kai Strnad, FIZ Karlsruhe, to Lead Fedora Repository 3.3 ReleaseKai Strnad, who is a Software Engineer with FIZ Karlsruhe, and a member of the eSciDoc ( Team since early 2008, will serve as Community Release Manager for the upcoming release of Fedora Repository 3.3. Read the post. Related link.

DuraSpace Team UpdateTim Donohue officially joined the DuraSpace organization as Technical Lead for the DSpace Project this month. Tim's focus is to provide guidance and leadership to the DSpace Committers and code contributors as they plan, develop, test and release future versions of DSpace. Read the post. Related link.

Introducing the Fedora Create CommunityA new way of looking at the Fedora Create community as a whole effort, including both the Fedora Repository Service, and all of the software that everyone is developing on top of it, in one complete view. Read the post. Related link.

About the DuraSpace Scholars Workbench Solution CommunityThe focus of the Scholars Workbench community should be the idea that all information that is created in the process of scholarly and scientific activities should flow into repositories, from which it can then be used in the most effortless ways. Read the post. Related link.

Implementing Change at Columbia University LibrariesColumbia's integration of the SAM technology, a combination of technologies, along with Fedora Commons Repository Software from allows it to remotely locate and manage digital artifacts on three tiers of storage in geographically disparate locations for long-term content preservation. Read the post. Related link.

Canadian Assn of Research Libraries (CARL) is Founding Member of COARCOAR, an international association of organizations that have a common strategic interest in open access to scholarly communication, was formed to work together at the international level to promote greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of open access digital repositories. Related link.


"Repositories in the Cloud: How to Participate in the DuraCloud Pilot Program" Web SeminarThe DuraSpace organization is conducting a pilot program to test a new cloud-based service, DuraCloud. Cloud technologies use remote computers to provide local services through the Internet. DuraCloud lets an institution provide data storage and access without having to maintain its own dedicated technical infrastructure. Attend this web seminar presented by Michele Kimpton, CBO DuraSpace, to find out how your organization can participate. Read the post. Related link.

New England DuraSpace Community: Preservation and Archiving Seminar & Networking Reception, Northeastern U, December 10Register today to join Sun Microsystems Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) and host Northeastern University for an information-packed day focused on open computing solutions and best practices in the digital preservation and archiving space. Read the post. Related link.

British Library "Subject Repositories" International Conference, Jan. 28-29, 2010The Subject Repositories Conference will explore the development of subject repositories worldwide and will see the launch of Economists Online, the key output of an EC-funded subject repository project managed by the Nereus consortium of top European economics libraries. Read the post. Related link.

Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries to Host "Digital Repositories, Data Curation, and The Cloud" Jan. 28-29Friday, January 29th will feature a day of Cloud-, Data Durability-, and Repository-focused keynotes offered by Richard Katz, Vice President of EDUCAUSE and founding director of the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR); and Thorny Staples, Director of Community Strategy and Alliances and Director of the Fedora Project. Read the post. Related link.

UK & I, Fedora-EU User Group Meeting Set for December 8To minimize travel, particularly for international participants, the meeting is set to coincide with UK All Hands, Dec 7-9, Oxford - and IEEE e-Science, Dec 9-11, Oxford.Follow @DuraSpace; @DuraCloud; @FedoraRepo; @DSpacetweetsFor more information, or to have your news and information included please contact Carol Minton Morris, Marketing and Communications Director, DuraSpace, 607 255-2702.