NOW AVAILABLE: DuraCloud Open Source 0.7 With New Content Management Features

Mon, 2010-11-01 15:46 -- carol

Ithaca, NY DuraCloud Open Source 0.7 is the latest release of the DuraCloud software, a platform that is built on commercial cloud infrastructure.  This release provides users with better tools for managing their content in the cloud. You may download it from the DuraCloud wiki (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/duracloud07/DuraCloud+Release+0.7).

The DuraCloud platform is designed to deploy into a cloud server environment where it is integrated with multiple cloud storage providers, including Amazon AWS and Rackspace. DuraSpace makes the DuraCloud Open Source code available to enable the community to create new software and services that integrate with the core platform

The following new features are included in this release:

  • Duplicate on Demand Service - Copy content in DuraCloud on your schedule using the Duplicate on Demand service. All of the content in a specified space will be copied to an additionally specified space in a secondary store, whenever you like.
  • Bulk Bit Integrity Checker Service - Users who want to check bit integrity of large amounts of content stored in DuraCloud will find this service particularly useful. Multi-threaded processing allows the Bulk Bit Integrity Checker Service to scale processing to match the size of the job.
  • Retrieval Tool - Users can now easily and efficiently move files from DuraCloud to a local file system.
  • Additional Improvements

More information and documentation with details about the 0.7 release can be found at: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/duracloud07/DuraCloud+Release+0.7.

About DuraCloud

DuraCloud (http://duracloud.org) is an open source platform and hosted service focused on providing preservation support and access tools to academic libraries, academic research centers, and other cultural heritage organizations.

The service builds on pure cloud-based storage available from expert storage providers by overlaying the access functionality and preservation support tools that are essential to ensuring long-term access and durability. DuraCloud offers cloud storage across multiple commercial and non commercial providers, and offers compute services that are key to unlocking the value of digital content stored in the cloud. DuraCloud provides services that enable digital preservation, data access, transformation, and data sharing. DuraCloud is appropriate for individuals, single institutions, or for multiple organizations that want to use cross-institutional infrastructure.

DuraCloud has been in a pilot program phase funded by the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), to utilize and give feedback on the DuraCloud platform since the beginning of Fall 2009. The first three pilot partners identified were New York Public Library, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, and WGBH Educational Foundation. These three partners were chosen because they were already managing and preserving large amounts of content in a repository and were facing several challenges where cloud infrastructure could provide a possible solution. The DuraSpace not-for-profit organization will release the DuraCloud service in early 2011.

About DuraSpace

DuraSpace (http://duraspace.org) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. DuraSpace software and services are used worldwide as solutions for open access, institutional repositories, digital libraries, digital archives, data curation, virtual research environments, and more.  DuraSpace provides leadership and innovation in the use of open source and cloud-based technologies to serve libraries, universities, research centers, cultural heritage institutions, and other knowledge stewards. The organization’s open source technology portfolio includes the DSpace open access repository application and the Fedora open repository platform. DuraSpace is also the home of DuraCloud, an emerging cloud-based service that leverages existing cloud infrastructure to enable durability and access to digital content.  The DuraSpace team includes recognized leaders and experts in the management of digital information. The team works with an active and diverse international community committed to the durability of digital resources.