Tyler Walters, Virginia Tech, Joins DuraSpace Board
Winchester, MA The DuraSpace organization is pleased to announce that Tyler Walters has accepted an appointment to the DuraSpace Board of Directors. Tyler Walters is the Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech. He was a 2008-2010 Fellow in the Association of Research Libraries Research Libraries Leadership Fellows program. Walters has been involved in the repository software community for many years, hosting the 2009 International Conference on Open Repositories (OR) and serving on the OR Steering Committee. Walters currently serves on the Coalition of Networked Information Steering Committee, the National Information Standards Organization Board of Directors, and is an elected member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Coordinating Committee (Library of Congress). Walters is a founding Board member of the Educopia Institute and its digital preservation organization, the MetaArchive Cooperative, and its library publishing community organization, the Library Publishing Coalition. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Digital Curation. Walters teaches a graduate course in the University of Arizona’s Digital Information Management program and is himself a PhD student at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He has presented at numerous conferences internationally, has published almost
30 articles and papers, and is a recipient of the Society of American Archivists' Ernst Posner Award for best article in the American Archivist. He is the lead author of the 2011 ARL report, "New Roles for New Times: Digital Curation for Preservation."
Walters stated “I’m very proud of DuraSpace and everything it has accomplished in its young existence. Managing and advancing the DSpace and Fedora repository platforms as well as developing new software tools such as DuraCloud is critically important to information service organizations who are offering repository services to their communities. I look forward to contributing to DuraSpace’s agenda and to the continued growth and vitality of the organization.”
DuraSpace is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to act on behalf of the community to create, communicate and gather feedback to ensure that DSpace and Fedora open source software meets the needs of the greatest number of stakeholders who are engaged in the preservation of our shared scholarly, scientific and cultural record. The DuraSpace community includes more than 1,500 worldwide institutions that use DSpace or Fedora open source repository software to provide durable access to documents, imagery and media.
DuraSpace is the home of DuraCloud, a cloud-based service that is integrated with Amazon, RackSpace, and San Diego Supercomputer Cloud Services. Users store and move content seamlessly between these providers and have access to a suite of preservation and archiving services that include health checking and auditing of content; automated file repair if corrupted content is detected; geographic distribution of content (located in more than one data center, and more than one provider if desirable); fine grained permissions for viewing, copying, sharing, uploading or downloading content and: enterprise and single user configurations. The DuraSpace team includes recognized leaders and experts in the management of digital information who work with an active and diverse international community committed to the durability of digital resources. For more information please visit: http://duraspace.org.