Paris, France The Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BnF) with it’s novel architecture based on the visual concept of four open books standing upright and facing each to make an interior square in downtown Paris, is built on seven centuries of history and scholarship in five locations. Vast collections include rare and ancient texts as well as audio visual collections, image banks and interactive services.
Ihtaca, NY A paper by Dean B. Krafft, Aaron Birkland, and Ellen J. Cramer that provides details about NCore—an open source architecture and software platform for creating flexible, collaborative digital libraries—is now available. This paper will be presented at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2008 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Ithaca, NY Neil Beagrie, a leading expert on digital preservation and curation with an international reputation across the archive, library, science and research sectors in the long-term management of digital assets, will join Sandy Payette, Executive Director, and Eddie Shin, Senior Software Developer, Fedora Commons, in delivering plenary lectures at “Fedora Day”—the Fedora User Group Meeting—at OR08
By Sandy Payette, Executive Director, Fedora Commons
Welcome to the first issue of HatCheck, a quarterly newsletter published by Fedora Commons. Our goal is to make HatCheck a great place for news from our growing community, progress reports on our open-source software development, special features stories, and upcoming events. Kudos to Jim Blake for the double entendre embodied in our newsletter name!
By Thornton Staples, Fedora Commons Director of Community Strategy and Outreach
By Dan Davis, Fedora Commons Chief Architect
Santa Clara, CA “Text” was common repository digital content during the last decade. Now repositories are being designed to manage many kinds of “data”—and lots of it. Companies and organizations need mass quantities of accurate and detailed information to enable fast analysis and trend-spotting. From satellite that transmit terabytes worth of astronomical and weather data, to financial and demographic data, managing data just became easier.
Berlin, Germany Last month HatCheck spoke with Matt Zumwalt, MediaShelf—a company that works with businesses and organizations to create digital asset management solutions with Fedora—as he was settling into a flat in Berlin. Currently Matt is on what he calls a worldwide “Listening Tour.”