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DuraSpace and DuraCloud at EDUCAUSE 2011

Stuart L. Baker and Michele Kimpton at their EDUCAUSE presentation, “DuraCloud: Preserving the Scholarly Record." Photograph by Jonathan Markow.

Ithaca, NY More than 4,000 people attended the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference held in Philadelphia that focused on “the best thinking in higher education IT.”  The Conference included participants from around the world on site and in the simultaneous online event. One attendee came up with a personal ranking of EDUCAUSE’s four major components in order of importance for why he attends: networking, keynotes, vendor exhibits, and user contributed talks. Other attendees noted an emphasis on learning-on-the fly with mobile applications, cloud computing solutions and research data issues.
Stuart L. Baker, Associate University Librarian for Library Technology, Northwestern University and Michele Kimpton, Chief Executive Officer, DuraSpace presented “DuraCloud: Preserving the Scholarly Record” with results of the year-long DuraCloud pilot program at the Conference on October 19.
DuraCloud at EDUCAUSE

Stuart L. Baker and Kimpton presented the results of the year-long DuraCloud pilot program. The presentation included12 use cases detailing how leading institutions—MIT, Columbia University, Northwestern University, Rice University, and ICPSR—implemented the DuraCloud platform to back up and preserve digital content.
The talk focused on key DuraCloud features that support with University preservation strategies: DuraCloud makes it easy and cost-effective to provision additional storage; can make multiple copies in distributed geographic locations, and; checks data “health.”
As the only managed service that lets organizations archive content across more than one cloud provider, DuraCloud ensures that irreplaceable documents, imagery and videos are always accessible. Slides from “DuraCloud: Preserving the Scholarly Record” may be downloaded here: Find out more about using DuraCloud for archiving and preservation at this free online web event on No. 2:
That evening Michele Kimpton, CEO, DuraSpace and Jonathan Markow, Director of Community Strategy, DuraSpace, co-hosted a DuraSpace, JASIG, Kulai and Sakai Community Source Reception with directors from each of those communities. The event was attended by over 200 people who took advantage of the opportunity to network with colleagues and make new connections.
More Conference highlights

General session topics were aimed at different aspects of higher ed technology development—one speaker advocated for leadership and spreading the word about innovation in learning technologies and the other offered views on privacy in understanding the role that social media systems play for students and instructors in the educational landscape.
Seth Godin ( exhorted the virtues of making significant things happen—even within higher ed IT– during a general session entitled “Invisible or Remarkable?” As a proponent of making products that matter and getting the word out about their availability he believes that higher ed IT should encourage out-of-the-box thinking by avoiding practices that impede creativity.
Dana Boyd ( presented “Privacy in an Era of Social Media” and unpacked the myth that young people don't care about protecting their privacy. She explained privacy strategies and use cases that highlighted young peoples’ ability to share private thoughts in public social media environments like Facebook.
Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Research Connections was an EDUCAUSE Feaured Speaker. He  discussed“The Fourth Paradigm”  ( as it applies to universities faced with an academic research data deluge across disciplines. Developing and managing the computational systems needed to make “big data” available for scientists and researchers is a new operational paradigm that will be required to advance university investigation and discovery.
Proceedings from EDUCAUSE will be available soon. Attendees will be notified via e-mail.