DSpace Foundation, Fedora Commons, Sun Microsystems and SPARC Present All About Repositories Webinar Series

Tue, 2009-01-20 12:26 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Mountain View, CA Got a repository? Would you like to understand more about what repositories are and how they operate? This spring DSpace Foundation, Fedora Commons, Sun Microsystems and SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) will offer a free About Repositories Webinar Series to provide professional learning opportunities for repository managers, developers, curators and decision makers. The seminar series will kick off on Feb. 18 at 9:00 a.m. PT with DSpace and Fedora: A Collaboration Update presented by Michele Kimpton, Executive Director, DSpace Foundation, and Sandy Payette, Executive Director Fedora Commons.
Each month a new topic or issue of interest to repository communities will be presented in a one-hour online format. All About Repositories Webinar Series will be web cast for synchronous event access, and will also be made available through DSpace, Fedora, Sun and SPARC web sites as an open educational reference for repository users and developers.
Future web seminars will focus on topics such as web services, and will take an in-depth look at some of the top implementations from the Innovation Fair held at the November 2008 SPARC repositories meeting.
Save the following dates for the All About Repositories Webinar Series. Pre-registration is required for all seminars at http://www.education-webevents.com/. Please contact Corrine Cho-Beaulieu with questions.

DSpace and Fedora: A Collaboration Update
Audio | Slides
Wed., February 18, 2009
9:00 a.m. PT; 12:00 p.m. ET
In 2008 the DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons came together to work on joint initiatives that would better serve both open source repository communities. Several directions have emerged.  Both organizations are working together to improve interoperability of the software, forming joint collaborations with other organizations that offer value to both communities, and developing joint programs for advocacy, education and outreach. In addition, Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation are collaborating to investigate the prospect of jointly developing new technologies. Both organizations received a grant from the Mellon Foundation to design “DuraSpace”, a service that will allow users to replicate and access their digital content in the cloud. Join Michele Kimpton, Executive Director, DSpace Foundation, and Sandy Payette, Executive Director Fedora Commons for a 60-minute update on the multiple dimensions of this dynamic collaboration between two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content.

All About Fedora
Audio | Slides
Wed., March 18, 2009
9:00 a.m. PT; 12:00 p.m.. ET
The letters in Fedora’s name stand for “Flexible, Extensible, Digital Object Repository Architecture,” and also for the idea that it’s core structure provides a robust, integrated, open source repository platform that enables storage, access and durable management of virtually any kind of digital content, “All Ways. Always.” Most developers and repository managers like those terms, but what do they really mean? How do users get started with Fedora? Who else is using it? Where can users get hands-on help with planning and implementation? Join Thornton Staples, Director of Community Strategy and Outreach, Fedora Commons for a 60-minute overview that explains what Fedora is, why many large national repositories use it, and advice on the nuts and bolts of getting started.

Topics from the SPARC Repositories Meeting
Wed., April 15, 2009
9:00 a.m. PT; 12:00 p.m. ET
SPARC guests will explore in more detail projects that were introduced at the SPARC repositories meeting in November 2008. Specific details to be announced.


An Open Repositories 2009 (OR09) Preview

Wed., May 13, 2009
9:00 a.m. PT; 12:00 p.m. ET
OR09, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia from May 18-21, 2009, promises to showcase the latest global repository developments and breakthroughs that increasingly play a pivotal role in the information landscape. Tune in for six previews of conference presentations that will span repository implementations for education, research, science, and cultural heritage. Join members of the OR09 Program Committee for this 60-minute conference preview session.

Two Repository Platforms: Key Features of Fedora and DSpace
Wed., June 17, 2009
9:00 a.m. PT; 12:00 p.m. ET
The DSpace Foundation and Fedora Commons are two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content with a combined global community of more than 450 institutions, national libraries, research projects, businesses and universities. What are the natural strengths of each repository platform? What circumstances and requirements would dictate using either one or the other or both? Join Michele Kimpton, Executive Director, DSpace Foundation, and Sandy Payette, Executive Director Fedora Commons for a 60 minute look at each repository platform that highlights key features and selection criteria.

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