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DuraSpace at CNI: Fedora Futures, Exploring Cloud Use Cases, Preservation through APTrust, and E-Science Institute

Winchester, MA  Each year the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall Membership meeting provides library and information technology institutional leaders with a forum for learning about emerging technologies, content, and applications meant to encourage collaborations across CNI member organizations. This year's meeting will be held in Washington, DC on Dec. 10-11 where DuraSpace projects and collaborative initiatives will be featured among more than 40 Project Briefing sessions. The full schedule will be posted here when it is finalized:

• The Future of Fedora
Edwin Shin, MediaShelf, Tom Cramer, Stanford University, Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe, Jonathan Markow, DuraSpace, Thornton Staples, Smithsonian Institution and Mark Leggott, DiscoveryGarden will explain a new initiative aimed at positioning Fedora—the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture software with a global community of users—to meet emerging needs for scaling, performance and ability to integrate into wider ecosystems. 
As research data management, linked data, and ease of incorporation into frameworks like eSciDoc, Hydra, Islandora and microservice-based architectures have emerged as key community concerns, a small set of activist Fedora users came together with DuraSpace to make sure that Fedora survives and thrives in the face of these challenges. The "Fedora Futures" strategy aims to dramatically increase the project's velocity and level of community investment to address these challenges and expand Fedora into new markets over the next three years. Session attendees will learn about the planned improvements in this presentation and panel discussion, and have the opportunity to give input on the needs and direction for the project.
The group will host an open meeting immediately following CNI at 3:30pm on Tuesday, December 11 to answer questions and continue discussion about the Fedora Futures project.
• Using the Cloud for Backup, Storage, and Archiving: Decision Factors, Experiences, and use Cases Explored
Michele Kimpton, DuraSpace, will lead a panel of representatives from three organizations who have made the decision to store, manage, and archive content in the cloud by utilizing the DuraCloud service over the past year. These organizations weighed the advantages, disadvantages, and risks of using the cloud versus building and supporting a local solution. 
Geneva Henry, Rice University, will discuss key factors that supported the decision to adopt DuraCloud as part of an overall preservation strategy. She will review decision factors which included the ease of working with the DSpace platform for ingesting content, as well as the ability to have a diversified distributed storage environment with SDSC and Amazon working seamlessly on the backend for replicated storage and bit-sum checking.
Holly Mercer, University of Tennessee Knoxville Libraries engaged two consultants to perform a “readiness assessment” in 2011 that recommended exploring outsourced options for preservation and archiving. In 2012, the University of Tennessee adopted DuraCloud as one component of their digital preservation plan specifically because of the DuraCloud capabilities for replication, geographic distribution, and "health checks." 
Mark Leggott, University of Prince Edward Island will explain how the "Vault" module for Islandora provides seamless application-level integration of DuraCloud with a Fedora-backed repository. 
Panelists will further discuss decision factors that were assessed when determining whether to use cloud technologies at their institutions, their experiences using DuraCloud, and how DuraCloud has become a part of their preservation strategy.
• Academic Preservation Trust
Robin Ruggaber, University of Virginia and Michele Kimpton, DuraSpace will give an overview of the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) which is a consortium of academic institutions committed to the creation and management of academic and research content for multiple institutions. They will review milestones and how to get involved in this presentation and panel discussion.
As a member of APTrust, the University of Virginia in partnership with DuraSpace is implementing a cloud-based repository service to aggregate curated content from consortium institutions upon which rich access services may be built. The implementation will further provide long term preservation for selected content through the implementation of a repository within the Digital Preservation Network (DPN).
The aggregate repository is being implemented to collect many forms of content, offer utility to support administrative and simple access, augment individual institution preservation strategies as well as provide a firm foundation for exploring future access services.  The consortium believes they can achieve these goals more fully together than they can alone.
• E-Science Institute: An Approach to the Challenge of Digital Research
For this presentation MacKenzie Smith, University of California, Davis Gary Strong, University of California, Los Angeles, and Valorie Hollister, DuraSpace will review the challenges facing universities and libraries in dealing with digital research and especially data, the E-Science Institute approach of Strategic Agendas, a case study from the Institute's first cohort (UCLA), and an overview of the current Institute managed by DuraSpace to help research libraries develop strategic agendas for e-research support, with a sciences focus. The Institute has been improved based on feedback from initial sessions held in 2011, and is poised to help all types of libraries—large academic, college, corporate, public, government—develop approaches to digital research support. 
The DuraSpace organization is partnering with DLF to continue the Institute into the future and will hold a 2012 concluding E-Science Institute event immediately following the CNI meeting. 

Please join us at CNI!