Lewisburg, PA Bucknell University’s Library & Technology Division is pleased to issue this Call for Proposals for the first Mid-Atlantic Digital Library Conference. To be hosted by Bucknell University July 9, 2008, the conference goal is to bring together librarians and technologists from a wide range of cultural heritage institutions such as colleges and universities, libraries, museums, historical societies, and art galleries, who are interested in providing digital access to their collections. The conference seeks to support this community through a mix of speakers, contributed papers and posters, workshops, and engaging discussion. All proposals are due May 1, 2008. Please see web site for more details: http://blogs.bucknell.edu/DigitalLibraryConference2008/.
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Save $300 if you register by May 16, 2008 for The Red Island Repository Institute on Prince Edward Island - August 11-15, 2008. Reserve your spot at the Fedora-focused RIRI to be held on Prince Edward Island, one of Canada’s premiere travel destinations known for its sandy beaches, golfing, seafood and iconic red dirt roads. The 1-week hands-on workshop will be led by well-known Fedora “natives” Sandy Payette, Fedora Commons Executive Director; Richard Green, Manager, RIDIR, REMAP and RepoMMan Projects, e-SIG, Academic Services, University of Hull, and; Matt Zumwalt, MediaShelf.
The Institute is hands-on and is targeted at individuals from institutions planning or running a repository program and is intended for users with a wide range of experience, from managers to programmers. Attendees will be provided all the information and tools
needed to implement and maintain a flexible repository program using Fedora. Since the Institute is a combination of lecture and hands-on experience, we encourage all participants to bring their own laptops. This will allow participants to return to their place of work with a
fully-functional Fedora installation for further development and testing. Those participants who are not able to bring a laptop will be provided with one to use for the duration of the Institute.
Register by May 16 for the reduced early-bird fee of $1,500—after that the fee is $1,800. Registration includes meals (except dinners for Tuesday to Thursday), special events and all materials. A preliminary workshop agenda and registration form are now available at http://vre.upei.ca/riri/.
If you have questions about the Red Island Repository Institute, please contact Mark Leggott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Red Island Repository Institute will be held on Prince Edward Island—one of Canada’s premiere travel destinations known for its sandy beaches, golfing, seafood and iconic red dirt roads. Hosted by the Robertson Library August 11-15, 2008, RIRI is targeted at individuals from institutions planning or running a repository program, and is intended for users with a wide range of experience, from managers to programmers. Attendees will be provided with all the information and tools needed to implement and maintain a flexible repository program using Fedora. The Institute fee is $1,800 and includes meals (except suppers), special events, a laptop for use during the course (if needed) and all materials. The registration form is now available. If you have questions about the Red Island Repository Institute, please contact Mark Leggott at email@example.com.
St. Paul, Minnesota The seventeenth annual JA-SIG Conference set for April 27-30, 2008 in Saint Paul, MN, Committee reminds attendees, “With nine different higher education projects represented, this is the most diverse conference we’ve ever held.” This observation is in synch with the conference theme, “Higher Education Solutions: The Community Source Way.”
Here are events and activities that you may want to participate in if you are planning to attend the conference.
Social Networking Site:
Visit the conference social networking site and preview the interests of your fellow attendees. Sign in and update your profile to indicate your own interests.
There will be a BarCamp session on Wednesday afternoon. Bring your discussion ideas, and present them in a lightning talk.
For those who want to explore user-centered-design with expert interaction designers, a uCamp session is planned for Wednesday afternoon.
Dinner groups are being organized for Tuesday evening. Sign up at the Dine-Around Registration Page for the restaurant of your choice. You won’t know who your dining companions are until you meet them in the hotel lobby.
Contribute to the conference by acting as a facilitator at one of the presentation sessions. It’s easy, and you’ll earn the everlasting gratitude of the committee. Find out more at the Facilitators Signup Page.
Reception Fun and Games:
Don’t forget the PowerPoint Karaoke contest at the Sunday evening reception. Sign up to test your skills against unknown competitors.
Santa Clara, CA Learn about the Fedora Commons/Honeycomb solution for building active archives for durable digital content. A must if you want to understand a solution you can offer *today* to your customers that leverages the Metadata Index inside Honeycomb.
The Web seminar will be held tomorrow, 4/16/08 and is entitled, “Sun and Fedora Joint Cooperation.” Sandy Payette will join Sun experts to review joint collaborative work between the Sun STK 5800 product team to certify, size, and optimize Fedora on this platform. Presentations by Sun and Fedora Commons experts will be followed by a panel Q and A session. Click here to register.
All web seminars will be via Elluminate Live! Log on information will be sent to you after you register. All web seminars will take place at 9:00 AM US Pacific time. NOTE: If the Elluminate session gets over-filled, you may dial in and follow a PDF preso that will be sent to you. PLEASE REGISTER prior to the start time.
More Information About the Sun Digital Library Webinar Series:
In response to requests for more in-depth technical information at the Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting in November in Paris, Sun sponsored a group of topical technology webinars.
Ithaca, NY The Fedora Commons core development team has made a Roadmap to development available at:
The Roadmap summarizes the strategic vision of Fedora Commons that guides development, documents community themes and priorities that summarize the needs we will addressed in the document, and provides a plan for future software releases to aid in planning for those who adopt the Fedora platform.
This is a draft and a living document. In the future it will be moved into a new Fedora Commons Wiki as an interactive service to keep users, developers, vendors, and decision makers informed about progress towards software releases, and provide community access to development tools that will encourage participation. But don’t wait, please join the process and send your comments to the fedora-commons-users mailing list on SourceForge.net.
Southampton, UK “Fedora Day at OR08″ presentations highlight significant core and community work on issues ranging from lightweight web approaches for interoperability via Atom, SWORD, and ORE, to reports on back-end Akubra interoperability and plug-ins for heterogeneous stores. There were 27 presentations altogether. Currently 21 are available for download through in the Fedora section of the OR08 Conference Repository. More are expected, so please keep checking if the one you are interested in viewing is not available yet.
Ben O’Steen, Oxford University Research Archive, highlighted his work in developing lightweight approaches with Fedora in his presentation entitled, “The Architecture of the Oxford University Research Archive.” Read his blog here. He and two other collaborators also shared the $5,000. prize in the OR08 “Repository Developer Challenge.” Contestants had two days to develop prototypes that they presented to a panel of judges who nominated a shortlist of prototypes that were presented to, and voted on by delegates during the conference banquet. The winning team demonstrated via rapid development the use of the Object Reuse and Exchange protocol (ORE) to move things between EPrints and Fedora, coupled with some aspects of “cloud computing.”
Sandy Payette highlighted back-end interoperability in her technical overview of Akubra and the goal of being able to plug-in heterogeneous stores. She also discussed work with Sun Microsystems towards testing Honeycomb scalability and developing demonstrations that show two Fedora installations—one with Honeycomb configured, and one with Thumper configured.
Several Fedora Day attendees suggested that a “matrix” of different types of Fedora-based open source components that are part of core development, and from the community be displayed on the web site so that potential Fedora users could have access to a one-stop-shopping view of all software and services that can be downloaded or accessed, while also seeing which one’s can be used together.
A main conference session highlighted middleware for Fedora as Dean Krafft from the NSDL NCore project discussed the release on Sourceforge of, “The NCore Platform: An Open Source Suite of Tools and Services for Implementing Digital Libraries.” Lodewiijk Bogaards presented “Easy on Fedora - Experiences with eSciDoc,” in the Front Ends track during Fedora Day. This unique software creates a logic tier on top of Fedora.