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Ithaca, NY A new web site provides easy-to-use access to the tools and standards that power the NSDL. The NCore (http://ncore.nsdl.org) next-generation, open source digital library framework based on Fedora Commons open source repository software provide users, developers, information managers and decision-makers with systems for description, organization, interrelation, and annotation of resources.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 8, 2008

Edinburgh, Scotland On Behalf of the organizing committee of the Edinburgh Repository Fringe (http://www.repositoryfringe.org) Les Carr and Theo Andrew, Repository Fringe Co-chairs, have announced two compelling keynote speakers who promise to challenge the community and stimulate discussion and directions for the future.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 8, 2008

The Hague, Netherlands Attendees rated the first Dutch Fedora User Meeting held on June 19, 2008 as a successful venture with discussions underway to make this meeting an annual event. The meeting was hosted by the DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) project. Some participants requested that Fedora Dutch User meetings be held up to three times a year.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 1, 2008

Sydney, Australia After the recent release of Muradora 1.3 that included an all-in-one installation package, Chi Nguyen has announced that the DRAMA team at Macquarie University will no longer work full time on Muradora development effective July 1, 2008 in order to undertake a new area of work. Muradora will be developed and maintained as a side project until such time as new funding can be secured for further focused development. The code and documents will remain available for download.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 27, 2008

Ithaca, NY At the Sun PASIG meeting in May several interested members of both the DSpace and Fedora communities gathered to explore how the two projects might work together to benefit their stakeholders. On June 10,2008 the two groups hosted an open webcast discussion to identify ways to advance the missions of both organizations and communities through joint efforts. Subsequently collaborators from both communities have been working towards defining a set of goals and potential outcomes.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 25, 2008

Washington, DC Higher-education leader David Shulenburger, Science Commons head John Wilbanks, and marketing communications strategist Bob Witeck are keynote speakers slated for the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 in Baltimore on November 17-18.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 24, 2008

Ithaca, NY — The second beta release of the popular Fedora software is now available for testing. The second beta version of Fedora 3.0 completes most of the features planned for the general release of the software. As Dan Davis, Chief Software Architect, Fedora Commons, explains, “This release is ready for early adopters to use as a test and development platform to prepare for Fedora 3.0. While there are a few features and documentation to complete, most of the work left to be done is extensive testing including scalability and to ensure the quality of the final product.”

Submitted by Anonymous on June 17, 2008

One strategy for classifying the millions of galaxies mapped by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey was to open the Galaxy Zoo, invite the public to look at the new creatures, and give them tools to record their observations.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 16, 2008