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Please Attend the DSpace Fedora Commons Baltimore Briefing

Ithaca, NY Exciting plans and new directions have emerged since DSpace and Fedora Commons came together to investigate ways to better serve repository communities by developing collaborative initiatives earlier this year. If you are planning to attend either the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 (Nov. 17-18), or Sun PASIG Fall 2008 Meeting (Nov. 19-20) in Baltimore, MD, please also attend the DSpace Fedora Commons Baltimore Briefing. Michele Kimpton, Executive Director, DSpace Foundation, and Sandy Payette, Executive Director, Fedora Commons, will be on hand from 5:30-6:30 on Nov. 18 at the Baltimore Hilton to introduce ideas and answer questions about:
–A shared storage layer
–Common API for integration with authoring tools
–New services concept
DSpace, Fedora Commons and Sun Microsystems also plan to announce a new jointly-produced web seminar series that will provide repository communities with additional professional development, networking and learning opportunities. Come prepared to share topics of interest for a collaboratively-developed curriculum that will serve repository users, developers and stakeholders.
About the DSpace Foundation
The DSpace Foundation ( was formed in 2007 to bring together a diverse group of nearly 500 organizations from over 50 countries deploying the software. The role of the Foundation is to lead the collaborative development and open source software for the global community- enabling innovation and services for access, provision, stewardship and re-use of digital materials. To find out more about the DSpace software see here.
About Fedora Commons
In 2007 Fedora Commons ( was established as the permanent home of Fedora open source software which is a robust, integrated, repository platform that enables storage, access and management of virtually any kind of digital content. Fedora has been downloaded 25,000 times in the last year, and is used by over 145 national libraries, institutions, and businesses worldwide to do more with their digital collections, enable long-term preservation of digital assets, build on a flexible and extensible, modular architecture, keep control of their data, and participate in Fedora’s innovative community. To find out about Fedora organizations, institutions and projects here.