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Volume 2, Issue 6 -- June - August 2010

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:


DuraCloud Now Available as Open Source: Preservation Support and Access Services Built on Cloud InfrastructureThe DuraSpace organization unveiled the open source code for the new DuraCloud platform, a hosted service and open technology that makes it easy for organizations and end users to use cloud services, at the Fifth International Open Repositories Conference (OR10) in Madrid, Spain last month. DuraSpace is making the DuraCloud open source code available to enable the community to create new software and services that integrate with the core platform. Read the post. Related link.

DuraSpace Launches New Service Provider Program to Support Open Source SoftwareThe DuraSpace not-for-profit organization announced its new Registered Service Provider Program to establish partnerships with companies that provide support services to institutions using the DSpace and Fedora digital repository software. Read the post. Related link.

DuraSpace Sponsorship ProgramThe 2010 DuraSpace Sponsorship Program engages leaders from university and library communities in supporting the organization’s ongoing mission. Related link.


NOW AVAILABLE: Hydrangea Beta 1The Hydra Project has announced that Hydrangea, a demonstration application of the Hydra stack, is ready for download, evaluation and enhancement. Read the post. Related link.

DuraSpace Recommends DSpace & Fedora Integration InitiativeAt the Fifth International Open Repositories Conference held in Madrid July 5-9, 2010, DuraSpace recommended that the DSpace and Fedora communities investigate strategies to allow DSpace software to run “on top of” the Fedora platform. Read the post. Related link.

Fedora Repository 3.4 Release Candidate 1 Released July 2, 2010Fedora 3.4-RC1 is now available for download from the main Fedora Repository page. Read the post. Related link.

Recent DuraCloud PresentationsThe DuraCloud team has been on the road this summer giving presentations about the DuraCloud service, open source code and architecture while also providing a closer look at aspects of the service platform. Read the post. Related link.

AgriOcean DSpace: FAO and IOC/IODE Combine Efforts in their Support of Open Access The United Nations agencies of FAO and UNESCO-IOC/IODE announced a joint initiative entitled “Agri-Ocean DSpace” to provide a customized version of DSpace using standards and controlled vocabularies in oceanography, marine science, food, agriculture, development, fisheries, forestry, natural resources and related sciences. Read the post. Related link.

Texas A&M Libraries Add 2,300+ ETDs to DSpace RepositoryTexas A&M University Libraries developed a new protocol to harvest 2,300+ ETDs into their DSpace Repository. Related link.

Webometrics Repository Ranking July 2010–41 DSpaces in Top 100DSpace’s presence among the top 100 listed repositories is fairly stable in the the CSIC (Spain) Top 800 Institutional Repository Ranking with 41 repositories listed now, compared to 45 in January 2010 and 43 in January 2009. Read the post. Related link.

Beyond Repository Platforms: Customized MicroservicesCustomized microservices have grown out of a shared understanding that no single solution will fully support the digital asset management needs of a specific institution or organization. Read the post. Related link.

Beyond Programming: New Ways to Help With Fedora Repository DevelopmentGet involved in the Fedora repository development process by filling roles that will generally involve participating in meetings and email discussions to provide help in ways other than the programming. Read the post. Related link.

“Who’s Using DSpace?” UpdateMembers of the DSpace community can now search the “Who’s Using DSpace” Registry to discover other institutions which have similar repositories, environments or interests to their own. Read the post. Related link.

BibApp 1.0 Now AvailableBibApp, a campus research gateway and expert finder, released version 1.0 of the software in July. BibApp matches researchers on campuses or research centers with their publication data, and mines that data to see collaborations, create visualizations of areas of research, and find experts in research areas. Read the post. Related link.

Help Put SPARC Open Access Week on a Google DoodleAssist in lobbying Google to consider Open Access Week (October 18-24, 2010) as a Google Doodle subject. Related link.

US National Learning Registry Announced to Increase Access to Online Educational ContentIn July the US Secretary of Education, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Committee (FCC) and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution announced the US National Learning Registry. Read the post. Related link.

Getting Serious About Preserving GamesThe Preserving Virtual Worlds project at the University of Illinois is conducting investigations into how best to archive games. Read the post. Related link.

Reports from International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Annual ConferenceThe American Libraries Magazine “Inside Scoop” blog features reports from the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2010, 76th IFLA General Conference being held in Gothenburg, Sweden. Read the post. Related link.

Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (centerNet) Launches Beta Web SiteCenterNet, an international network of digital humanities centers with over 200 members worldwide, announced the launch of a beta web site in June. Read the post. Related link.


Help Plan the DSpace User Group Meeting after the SPARC Digital Repositories ConferenceHelp plan a one day DSpace User Group Meeting on November 10, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland, immediately following the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting on November 8 and 9. Read the post. Related link.

CALL: SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting Innovation FairProposals are now being invited to the SPARC 2010 Digital Repositories Meeting Innovation Fair, where new technologies and strategies are showcased in engaging, informative rapid-fire presentations. Read the post. Related link.

SAVE THE DATE: eSciDoc Days 2010, November 16-17, Copenhagen (Denmark)Development & Applied Research FIZ Karlsruhe and the Max Planck Digital Library cordially invite you to participate in the eSciDoc Days 2010 to be held on Tuesday, November 16, and Wednesday, November 17, 2010, hosted by the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark. Read the post. Related link.

SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting Headliners to Explore the Future of Science and Promise of Networked Digital TechnologyMichael Nielsen, a quantum computation pioneer, and Dr. George Strawn, Director of the National Coordination Office for the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, will headline the fall 2010 SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Read the post. Related link.

CALL: 2011 International Conference on Data Engineering and Internet Technology (DEIT 2011)DEIT 2011 will be held in Bali, Indonesia March 15-17, 2011 and aims to bring together researchers and scientists from academia, industry, and government laboratories to present new results and identify future research directions in data engineering and internet technology. Read the post. Related link.

CALL: NSDL Annual Meeting “Celebrating a Digital Decade and Envisioning the Next”The 2010 NSDL Annual Meeting will be held November 1-3, 2010 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Related link.

CALL: 5th International Conference on Communities & Technologies (C&T 2011)The biennial Communities and Technologies (C&T) Conference is the premier international forum for stimulating scholarly debate and disseminating research on the complex connections between communities – both physical and virtual – and information and communication technologies. Read the post. Related link.

Registration for the 2010 Repository Fringe Festival is Open!This year the Repo Fringe Festival (Sept. 2-3, Edinburgh) is looking at "OPEN: Open Data; Open Access; Open Learning; Open Knowledge; Open Content; etc..." Read the post. Related link.


Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (BNP)The BNP Portuguese Culture collection ( brings Portuguese culture to the world with English translations of Portuguese works along with other English materials about Portugal and Portuguese culture for online visitors. Read the post. Related link.

American University in Cairo Digital Archive & Research RepositoryAUC DAR features oral histories, views of artifacts, jewelry, image collections and much more including a collection of Egyptian postcards. Read the post. Related link.

Chinese Paper Gods at Columbia University LibrariesYou may browse images of paper gods from the Columbia University C. V. Starr East Asian Library Chinese Paper Gods collection in two categories: those that were on display in the home for prolonged periods of time, or; those that were meant to be burned as part of ceremonies. Read the post. Related link.

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