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Volume 1, Issue 5 -- November - December 2009

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


Go Get It: Fedora 3.3 Available Now!The DuraSpace not-for-profit organization and the Fedora digital repository project announced the release of Fedora 3.3-a milestone in the process of developing Fedora open source software. For the first time, the Fedora community came together under the leadership of a Community Release Manager who facilitated the software development process and the integration of community contributions. The effort was led by Kai Strnad, Software Engineer with FIZ Karlsruhe ( and member of the eSciDoc project team ( Read the post. Related link.

SAVE the dates: "All About Repositories" Webinars on Creative Commons and Internet ArchiveIn January the "All About Repositories" Webinar series sponsored by Sun Microsystems, DuraSpace and SPARC continues with two events focused on tools and systems that enable open access to digital content. Read the post. Related link.

NOW AVAILABLE: Mulgara 2.1.6Due to a regression bug that was introduced with some of the recent optimizations, Mulgara 2.1.6 has been released ahead of schedule. Read the post. Related link.

DuraCloud Pilot Program Gets UnderwayOn December 16, 2009, Michele Kimpton was joined by current pilot partners to explain how your organization can participate in the DuraCloud pilot program. A recording of this web seminar is available at the DuraCloud web site (link below). Related link.

IDEALS Repository to be featured in Jan. 13 NISO WebinarSarah Shreeves, IDEALS repository at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will co-present on how to facilitate the discovery of items and content using metadata. IDEALS is a digital repository for research and scholarship based on DSpace, and includes published and unpublished papers, datasets, video and audio that are produced at the University of Illinois.  Related link.

January 7 Deadline to Offer Advice on Management Policies for OA to ResearchThe White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) now invites your input on the management of policies to deliver public access to the published results of taxpayer-funded research, to be submitted to the online discussion no later than January 7, 2010. Related link.


CALL: Open Repositories 2010 in MadridIn a world of increasingly dispersed and modularized digital services and content, it remains a grand challenge for the future to cross the borders between diverse poles:the web and the repository, knowledge and technology, wild and curated content, linked and isolated data, disciplinary and institutional systems, scholars and service providers, ad-hoc and long-term access, ubiquitous and personalized environments, and the cloud and the desktop. Two- to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that deal with theoretical, practical, or administrative issues of digital repositories are due on March 1, 2010. Read the post. Related link.

Participate in an Open Dialog in OntologyLearn more about semantics as they relate to the structure of your digital information in an open dialog in Ontology at the Ontolog Forum. Read the post. Related link.

CALL: $2 M Competition Opens to Find Ideas to Transform LearningThe John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, Duke University and the virtual network HASTAC (, launched the third annual open-call competition that will provide $2 million in awards to innovators shaping the field of digital media and learning. Read the post. Related link.

National Workshop on Design and Organization of Institutional Repositories Using DSpace (Version 1.5.2), BNMIT LIBRARYThe Library & Information Centre, B.N.M. Institute of Technology, Banashankari 2nd Stage, Bangalore - 560 070 is organizing a one-day National Workshop on "Design & Organization of Institutional Repositories Using DSpace (Version 1.5.2)" to be held on January 9, 2010. 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.

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