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AVAILABLE NOW: Manage Audio and Video Collections With Hydra-based Avalon Media System

Winchester, MA  Institutional collections of digital video and audio continue to grow in size and significance. To curate video and audio files and manage workflows for generating video and audio content university libraries and archives need a complete and scalable system. To meet that need Indiana University and Northwestern University are pleased to announce release 1.0 of the Avalon Media System

The 1.0 release includes the following features:

• Secure delivery of video and audio to desktop browsers and iOS (iPad/iPhone) devices.

• Implementation as a Hydra application to provide easy search via the Blacklight discovery tool and integration with a Fedora repository.

• Support for both Adobe Media Server and the Red5 open source media server for audio and video streaming.

• Integration possibilities for a variety of authentication systems, along with permissions management by user- or group-based authorization.

• Manual media ingest and description and a dropbox-based batch import capability.

You are encouraged to try out Avalon 1.0 on the public test server, as described here:

To download and install a preconfigured Avalon virtual machine image, to perform a step-by-step installation, or to find out how to download our source code from Github, visit the download page on our website:

We invite your participation in evaluating Avalon and sharing your thoughts for prioritization of features in future releases. If you plan to try out or download Avalon, please sign up for the new email list, avalon-discuss-l, to get technical support or provide feedback, by clicking the link below:

We will be scheduling a webinar next month to provide a 1.0 demo and give the community an opportunity to ask questions and offer ideas.

About Avalon

The Avalon Media System (formerly known as Variations on Video) is an open source system for managing large collections of digital audio and video files. The freely available system is designed to enable libraries and archives to easily curate, distribute and provide online access to their collections for purposes of teaching, learning and research. The Avalon community is made up of a dozen educational, media and open-technology institutions. The project is led by the libraries of Indiana University and Northwestern University and is funded in part by a three-year National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Find out more here: