Warm Holiday Wishes from DuraSpace
Submitted by on Thu, 2012-12-20 10:51
Winchester, MA We at DuraSpace wish you—our global community of sponsors, committers, collaborators, colleagues and friends—a joyous holiday season. DuraSpace has had a great year working closely with our community to accomplish much more together than any single institution could have achieved on its own. It is the power of this successful collaboration that gives the work of DuraSpace meaning. May 2013 bring renewed innovation, fellowship and success in all of our endeavors. Whether providing:
- Strategic leadership of DSpace and Fedora including new releases and community growth to more than 1,500 repositories worldwide;
- New programs in community outreach and education that featured four 2012 Hot Topics community web seminar series and the E-Science Institute;
- Innovative solutions for durable access to your digital content in DuraCloud;
- Advocacy on behalf of our community as part of national and international initiatives;
DuraSpace is grateful to have shared a very productive year with you. Here is a look back at some highlights:
- Thanks to our community we raised $417,750 in this year's campaign, with $223,750 coming from the DSpace community, $173,000 from the Fedora community and $21,000 from institutions who do not use either DSpace or Fedora, but who recognize the critical role DuraSpace has in helping to meet the challenge of preserving and providing access to our collective digital heritage (http://duraspace.org/thank-you-our-duraspace-community-supporters-0).
- The release of Fedora 3.5, the robust framework for building digital repositories, focuses on "under the hood" changes to improve Fedora's ability to be integrated and tested as part of larger repository systems (http://duraspace.org/now-available-fedora-35)
- The release of DSpace 3.0 provides users with a rich set of mix and match community-developed features and services to further engage and support DSpace repositories worldwide (http://duraspace.org/now-available-rich-features-and-services-dspace-30).
- The Fedora Futures group came together to undertake a 2-3 year project to develop the next generation of Fedora Repository software (http://duraspace.org/fedora-futures-kicks-cni).
- Hot Topics: The DuraSpace Community Webinar Series presented strategic issues by matching community experts with current topics of interest in professionally-produced web seminar series (http://duraspace.org/hot-topics).
- The E-Science Institute was hosted by DuraSpace for the first time in the fall of 2012. The hands-on online and in-person course helps academic research libraries match their strengths and natural abilities to all aspects of support for institutional research and data preservation (http://duraspace.org/duraspace-cni-fall-member-meeting).
- Moving forward with innovative solutions for durable access, DuraCloud, an open source SaaS which runs on cloud infrastructure, now holds 4.8 million files totaling thirty-one terabytes of data in DuraCloud. In 2012 there were six new releases of the DuraCloud open source software including eleven new major features that included the SanDiego Super Computer Cloud integration and automated health checking (http://duraspace.org/duracloud-one-year-later-one-year-better).
- New features and pricing for simple and cost effective preservation and archiving in the cloud (http://duraspace.org/new-duracloud-digital-archiving-and-preservation-services)
- DuraCloud is now part of the Net+ provider offering of Internet2 (http://duraspace.org/duraspace-offers-duracloud-access-internet2-members).
- DuraSpace helped to coordinate and presented at the successful Open Repositories Conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland with more than 460 attendees from 40 countries (http://www.dlib.org/dlib/september12/morris/09morris.html).
- DuraSpace highlights "splendid stuff" in DSpace and Fedora repositories in celebration of Open Access Week 2012 with "For Your Repository Viewing Pleasure" vignettes (http://duraspace.org/taxonomy/term/23).
- DuraSpace is part of twelve current partners that make up the the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) "Core implementation team". APTrust is a consortium of academic institutions committed to the creation and management of academic and research content for multiple institutions (http://duraspace.org/duraspace-cni-fall-member-meeting).
- DuraSpace is providing technical leadership and participation in the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) project (http://duraspace.org/podcast-available-c-lynch-j-hilton-digital-preservation-network-dpn).
- As a member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) DuraSpace works with more than 100 government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and businesses to establish, maintain, and advance the capacity to preserve our nation's digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations (http://www.digitalpreservation.gov/ndsa/).
All the best,
The DuraSpace Team