Ithaca, NY The DuraSpace organization is pleased to announce the release of DuraCloud version 0.6. This latest version of the DuraCloud software, a platform which utilizes commercial cloud infrastructure, is now available for download from subversion: https://svn.duraspace.org/duracloud/tags/duracloud-0.6.0/. The DuraCloud software is deployed as a service hosted by DuraSpace using a cloud server environment and is integrated with multiple cloud storage providers, including Amazon AWS and Rackspace. The source code for the DuraCloud platform is made available to encourage community involvement in the development of the software, as well as to allow the creation of services which can be integrated with the DuraCloud system.Detailed information about the latest release may be found at the DuraCloud wiki: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/duracloud06/DuraCloud+Release+0.6.The following new features are included in this release:
• Fixity Service: In order to ensure that data in the cloud remains viable, this service allows users to check the bit integrity of content stored within DuraCloud and includes many configuration options to fit various usage needs.• Bulk Image Conversion Service: This service handles the conversion of large numbers of images files from one format into other. The server process management is handled by utilizing Hadoop, which allows the conversion to run over multiple servers of varying sizes, thereby increasing the overall throughput. Users with a large number of images stored in DuraCloud will find this service particularly useful.• Sync Tool Option (-e): The Sync Tool allows users to easily move content from the local system into DuraCloud. This new feature allows the Sync Tool to exit when all files are synchronized, rather than continually monitoring the system for changes.• Multi-Delete Feature: To make managing large and complex data sets easier, DuraCloud now provides a simple way to delete groups of content items and spaces in one step.
A full list of DuraCloud Open Source features may be found here: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/duracloud/DuraCloud+Features=More information and frequently updated documentation is available from the DuraCloud wiki page: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/duracloud/DuraCloudAbout DuraCloudDuraCloud (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 DuraSpaceDuraSpace (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.The DuraSpace technology portfolio inherently addresses the issue of durability of digital content. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, “open technologies for durable digital content.