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Whether you are a professional or amateur astronomer, stargazing is a time-honored way to reflect on human endeavor in relation to the vastness of space. The National Virtual Observatory (NVO) is a community-based effort that has resulted in an interoperable framework of data and services, giving people all over the world easy access to data from many different projects at all wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum from radio to gamma rays.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-06-03 14:43

The JISC Common Repository Interfaces Group (CRIG) is sponsoring a Roadshow due to head out on July 12 for a 2 1/2 week, multi-city event called “CRIG Roadshow.” The event will feature developers who will be pitching and sharing on-the-spot ideas in hopes of convincing whoever is on hand to participate in expressing CRIG’s collaborative slogan: “The coolest thing to do with your data will be thought of by someone else.”

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-05-27 18:27

Paris, France The Bibliotheque nationale de France had its beginnings in the royal library of Charles V in 1368. The National Library of France (BnF) became the first free public library in 1793 as political change and revolutionary spirit led to an expansion of public access to knowledge.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-05-23 12:17

Casuarina, Australia Peter Newman who is the Library Technology Coordinator for Library and Information Access at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in Casuarina Australia has launched an Institutional Repository blog that presents CDU’s current investigations into using Fedora. The current post, “Testing out DocBool XSL in a Fedora Commons Repository,” reviews, “Testing out Fedora to see if the fop servlet could be utilised to generate PDF” along with related issues.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-05-20 12:52

Ithaca, NY Fedora users are planning meetings and events in Canada and Europe throughout the summer and early fall. Take a look at upcoming opportunities to share ideas and information. Contact organizers for information about how to participate.
• Dutch Fedora Users will meet on June 19. Contact Lodewijk Bogaards <Lodewijk.Bogaards@dans.knaw.nl>.
• Scandanavian Fedora Users will meet on June 24-25. Contact Eva Müller <Eva.Muller@kb.se>.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-05-19 12:43

A new National Science Digital Library (NSDL) scholarly publication, Classic Articles in Context (CAC), was launched in April 2008 with an atmospheric science theme: “Climate Change and Anthropogenic Greenhouse Warming: A Selection of Key Articles, 1824-1995, with Interpretive Essays.” Classic Articles in Context will present additional significant scientific questions of the Twentieth Century using landmark and important legacy papers in future issues.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-05-14 12:47

The summer Fedora UK & Ireland Users Group meeting will be held at the University of Bath on Tuesday July 8 from 10 for 10:30 a.m. until 15:30 p.m.  Further details, including an agenda, suggestions for accommodation will appear over the next two or three weeks.  For the moment, please make sure the date is in your diary.  This is your meeting and we want to create an event that reflects  the community’s needs and interests, so please let us know of any items you would like to see (or even not see!) on the agenda.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-05-14 10:43

Ithaca, NY There were 21 responses to five short questions on this quick poll that asked the Fedora community for OR08 impressions, and also about face-to-face gatherings in general. The poll went out out on April 18, 2008.
A few nuggets:
1. 57.9% of respondents have attended other local Fedora User Group Meetings.
2. “Preservation and Management” and “Architecture” were tied in the “Extremely useful” OR08 session topics category with 57.1% each.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-05-13 14:56

Edinburgh, UK  Share your resources with other academics if your repository generates RSS. The Gold Dust project is a JISC-funded project exploring time-saving solutions which may provide academics with intelligently selected current awareness information. This information is drawn from numerous RSS feeds of various sources and then selected against using intelligently generated Personal Information Profiles.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-05-13 11:55