By Thornton Staples A Wunderkammer, or chamber of curiosities, was a precursor to the modern museum. During the Rennaissance kings, noblemen and rich burghers with an interest in the arts and sciences collected objects of varying kinds: stones precious and semi-precious, fossils, pieces of art and exotic artifacts. They stored and displayed them in purpose-designed rooms, Wunderkammers, which were pieces of furniture also known as Cabinets of Curiosities.
Brookline, MA The Jewish Women’s Archive (http://jwa.org/) aims to “uncover, chronicle, and transmit to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women” by providing public access to most of their materials. This project is using cloud storage to keep operations within their budget. They plan to back up additional content, which includes many oral histories and other types of rich media, in the cloud. JWA uses Drupal for web content management.
Oxford, UK The Forced Migration Online website provides instant access to a wide variety of online resources dealing with the situation of refugees and forced migrants worldwide. The project is coordinated by a team based at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and is accessed by a wide variety of users including practitioners, policy makers, researchers, students and forced migrants.
Chicago The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is offering three fee-based webinars on institutional repositories beginning in April. The sessions introduce participants to the IR “movement” and provide tools for decision-making about the IR implementation and maintenance. Future topics slated for fall 2009 include open access, intellectual property, copyright, consortial implementation and using the IR as a publishing platform.
Wednesday, April 8, 2 p.m. EDT
The submission deadline for the European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL) to be held in Corfu, Greece Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2009, has been extended. The new submission deadline is Saturday March 28, 2009 (GMT time zone).
Ιmportant Dates webpage, ECDL 2009 website: http://www.ecdl2009.eu.
The Paper Submission System for ECDL 2009 is open:
Details about the submissions are available:
Ithaca, NY Of the 39 Respondents to the Fedora Commons Quick Check Poll for March 2009, 30.8 reported that they are investigating the use of Fedora 3.0 Repository software; 51.3% are in development, and; 17.9% are currently using the software in their operations. 71.1% are using, or plan to use, Fedora 3.0’s the API-M and/or API-A (soap interfaces). 86.8% are developing custom applications, services or components to use with Fedora 3.0. To access the March 2009 Quick Poll results please contact Carol Minton Morris.
New York City Today, Mar 18, 2009, Sun is hosting the CommunityOne East conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City to announce Sun’s strategy and roadmap for its public cloud computing service. Dave Douglas and Lew Tucker are keynote speakers at the conference, and will unveil details about Sun’s strategy and roadmap for the public cloud computing space.
Linz, Austria The deadline for submissions of nominations to the 2009 Prix Ars Electronica is March 18, 2009. If you would like to nominate a digital community for important achievements as well as innovative artistic approaches towards web-based communities visit Ars Electronica prize categories and submit a nomination.
Washington, D.C. During its three years of operations, the institutional repository at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has gathered and posted over 21,000 documents, which together with its hosted ETD collection make it the third largest institutional repository in the U.S. Usage records also indicate it is one of the busiest, serving up more than 100,000 downloads a month. The repository has also become the cornerstone for a bundle of electronic publishing services developed and provided by the UNL Libraries.