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ANNOUNCEMENT: Tim Donohue to Join the DuraSpace Team

Ithaca NY, Boston, MA DuraSpace is pleased to announce that Tim Donohue will be joining the DuraSpace organization as technical lead and developer for the DSpace Project in mid-November. He was most recently the Technology Lead for IDEALS (http://ideals.illinois.edu), the digital repository for scholarship and research at the University of Illinois.  Along with colleagues from University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Illinois, Tim is also one of the lead developers for BibApp (http://www.bibapp.org/), an open source campus research gateway and expert finder.

At the Open Repositories Conference in 2009 and 2007 respectively, Tim won awards for the creation of the “Mention-It” javascript library (http://mention-it.googlecode.com/) and the DSpace OpenOffice.org Format Converter.

Tim has been an active Code Committer for DSpace (www.dspace.org) since 2006.  One of his initial code contributions included the DSpace configurable submission system.  Along with colleagues Dorothea Salo and Scott Phillips, he also helped create the first DSpace “How-To Guide”, and taught several “Making DSpace Your Own” customization tutorials.

Tim received his Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois in 2005.  Prior to that, he worked for a small Chicago-based consulting firm, helping Fortune 500 companies better manage their digital documents.

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Fall Sun PASIG Meeting in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA The Sun Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG) meeting will be taking place October 7-9, 2009 in San Francisco. Thought-leaders and solution providers in the areas of data curation, data management of eScience content, preservation, repositories, and storage technologies will be presenting Wednesday and Thursday. Collaborative working groups are scheduled on Friday.

Approximately 150 attendees are expected at this event which follows immediately after the iPres Conference in San Francisco, of which Sun is a Platinum sponsor. The PASIG Early Bird Special registration fee runs through September 7 and is $100 for institutional attendees and $400 for participants from commercial enterprises. After September 7, the respective fees are $200 and $500. The  meeting will be held at the Westin Saint Francis and a $199 room rate has been negotiated for attendees.

For more information on the Sun PASIG, past conference materials, webinar series information, or to register for the October meeting, please go to http://www.sun-pasig.ning.com. To be placed on the community email alias, please email art.pasquinelli@sun.com.

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CALL for Posters: Digital Repository Federation International Conference (DRFIC) 2009

Tokyo, Japan The DRFIC Steering Committee is welcoming poster submissions in all areas relevant to digital repository and open access. The Conference will be held December 3-4, 2009 in Tokyo.

http://www.tulips.tsukuba.ac.jp/DRFIC2009/index_en.php

DRFIC 2009 will provide a place in the Asia Pacific Region to discuss academic communication and the Open Access Movement which is a broader theme than repository management, and also to share changes in academic publishing and what its future might be with a broad group of interested stakeholders.

Call for Posters

The DRF Steering Committee is welcoming poster submissions in all areas relevant to digital repositories and open access.

Main Topics

The posters will provide information about activities relating to the institutional repository or open access movement. The topics may include but are not limited to:

• Activities to increase deposit into IRs
• Ideas for promoting IRs
• Institutional policy on OA and IRs
• IRs and new library services
• Long-term preservation of IR contents etc.

Important dates

Abstracts due: September 30, 2009
Notification of acceptance: October 9, 2008

Submissions

Those who are interested in presenting a poster should submit an abstract in a PDF or a MS Word file, containing a single A4 page with at least 3 cm white margins on all sides.
The abstract should be written in English within the top half a page, so that we will be able to add its Japanese translation at the bottom half of the page. Submissions should be e-mailed to: drfic2009-apply@lib.hokudai.ac.jp. We will notify applicants regarding acceptance by e-mail no later than 9th October, 2009. Abstracts of the accepted poster presentations will be included in the conference proceedings.

For more details please see at: http://www.tulips.tsukuba.ac.jp/DRFIC2009/posters_en.php

If you have questions, please contact: drfic2009@ml.hokudai.ac.jp

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Cloud Computing for Higher Education

Ithaca, NY Achieving a balance between available resources and creative initiatives is a long-standing task for colleges and universities. Educause has released a brief, “7 Things You Should Know About Cloud Computing” that aims to inform university IT managers about how to plan and budget for leveraging cloud technologies to provide local services through the Internet. The brief includes an overview of typical use scenarios, basic explanations such as how cloud computing workflows are structured, as well as advantages and disadvantages of using cloud computing and ideas about how the universtiy IT paradigm might evolve.

“Operating in a cloud environment requires IT leaders and staff to develop different skills, such as managing contracts, overseeing integration between in-house and outsourced services, and mastering a different model of IT budgets. Cloud services might facilitate inter-institutional collaboration because they are more easily accessed by students and faculty at disparate institutions.”

While the policies and practices that will assist colleges and universities in taking full advantage of cloud computing are in the works, it is clear that mainstream adoption of distributed cloud computing will increasingly affect private, non-profit and educational enterprises. Download the Educause “7 Things” brief here: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/EST0902.pdf.

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Mulgara 2.1.3 Available With “Jena” Interface and Variable Assignment in SPARQL

Ithaca, NY Paul Gearon, DuraSpace Technical Lead and Developer, has announced the release of Mulgara 2.1.3. Mulgara can be downloaded from: http://mulgara.org/download.html.

Some of the major changes in this release:

• Reintroduced a Jena interface courtesy of Andy Seaborne’s JenaMulgara bridge. JenaMulgara is a bridge between the Jena API, a Java-based framework for writing semantic web applications and Mulgara, an RDF database, written in Java. The objective of the bridge is to provide the complete set of Jena APIs working on data stored in a Mulgara database.

There is still optimization work to be done, but it should be fully functional. Please see the Interfaces page for details: http://mulgara.org/trac/wiki/UserInterfaces

• Variable assignment in SPARQL, using a syntax of LET (var := …)

• User configuration files now only require the fields to be changed
from default values.

• Fixed escape codes in JSON results.

• Fixed entity escaping in XML results.

• Fixed incorrect paths in the WebUI when deployed on Tomcat.

For the full list of updates, please see the release notes and documentation for details:

Release notes: http://mulgara.org/release.html#v2.1.2
Documentation: http://mulgara.org/trac/wiki/Docs

Please pound on it, and contact us if something breaks. You can get in touch through mailing lists, or submit a report to the bug tracker: http://mulgara.org/trac/report.

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“Open Access Mandates: From the Front Lines” Audio Recording

August 14, 2009
SLA 2009 Annual Conference presentation by Amy Brand from Harvard University Office for Scholarly Communication is now available.

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CALL: “Shaping the Information Paradigm”–International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL)

New Delhi, India TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), New Delhi, India will host the International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL) ”Shaping the Information Paradigm” in New Delhi February 23 – 26 2010 at the Conference at India Habitat Centre. A call for participation may be found here: http://www.teriin.org/events/icdl/callpaper.php

The rapid growth of information technology has created enormous opportunities in the growth of digital libraries (DL). Seeing the potentialof leveraging IT as a tool for learning and bridging the knowledge gap, ICDL has conducted two international conferences on digital libraries since the year 2004 with varied themes with overwhelming response. The Third International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL) is being organized during 23-26 February 2010 jointly by TERI and IGNOU. The theme of the Conference is “Shaping the Information Paradigm.” The conference will focus on the  creation, adoption, implementation and utilization of digital libraries, e-learning and a knowledge society. This conference has a special focus on web-based methodologies in teaching and learning, academic programmes, information services, multi-media content,open archive initiatives & open educational resources, e-learning & e-resource management, and virtual support to distance learners.Special conference sessions and tutorials will be devoted to the theme-related aspects of the digital library development, and the technologies applicable in open and distance education systems. More than 50 International speakers will share their views.

For more information Please visit www.teriin.org/events/icdl

Important dates

Submission of full papers: September 15, 2009
Notification of acceptance of paper with comments: October 30, 2009
Submission of the final paper after incorporating comments: November 30, 2009

Contact information

DEBAL C KAROrganizing Secretary, ICDL Secretariat TERIE-mail icdl@teri.res.inWeb www.teriin.org/events/icdl 

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Mulgara and the Semantic Web

Chicago. Ill Paul Gearon, DuraSpace Technical Lead and Developer, is the technical guru behind the Mulgara project (now available in version 2.1.2), a DuraSpace- sponsored technology focused on providing highly scalable semantic technologies. His semantic Web experience extends from data storage to ontology modeling and rules systems. In a recent interview Gearon referred to a quote from Tim Berners Lee on the Semantic Web and his ideas around “linked and open data:”

“The Semantic Web isn’t just about putting data on the web. It is about making links, so that a person or machine can explore the web of data.  With linked data, when you have some of it, you can find other, related, data. ” (http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/LinkedData.html)

“People have different ideas about what the Semantic Web really is,” said  Gearon.  In his case it is the use of Semantic Web standards as defined by the W3C. It is these standards–the RDF standard in particular–that Mulgara implements and supports
(http://www.w3.org/RDF/). The application of this standard allows you to do a number of things.

RDF is a framework that allows you to describe stuff. Individual “Things” are provided with identifiers known as URIs, which can then be given multiple characteristics to describe these individuals. Any abstract concept or real person or thing can be given an a unique identifier. A company is an abstract personification concept, for example, and can be given an identifier. Individuals can then be related in arbitrary ways, which enables the data to become a “Web.” The choice of URIs for identifiers then allows this web to extend across the internet to other data, opening up a whole world of opportunities.

URIs can be used to describe people and “things” that are part of organizations or universities, for example.  Knowing the relationships between these entities lets you know what to look for. People versus books can be recognized because types are defined by RDF. “While some level of semantics can be encoded in RDF, true semantics are an emergent property as the connections build up into a coherent network of information,” explains Gearon.

Information about the Semantic Web

•Linked Data Web site: http://linkeddata.org/
•London Meetup for “Linked Data–Connect Distributed Data across the Web”
Sept. 9, 2009: http://linkeddata.org/events/london-meetup-september-2009
•Paul Miller’s Cloud of Data blog provides Semantic Web insights and resources: http://cloudofdata.com/

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Source Code Available from RODA “Repository of Authentic Digital Objects”

Lisbon, Portugal Source code is now available from RODA, Repositório de Objectos Digitais Autênticos, an initiative of the National Archive Institute of Portugal (IAN/TT) supported by the eGovernment of Portugal which has been established to support its activity in information and communication technologies to improve the efficiency, productivity and quality of public services.

Andrew Woods, DuraSpace technical lead and developer, suggests, “RODA stands out as an elegant effort addressing technical compliance with OAIS/TRAC. Its non-intrusive implementation on top of Fedora coupled with the fact that the source is now openly available: http://redmine.keep.pt/repositories/browse/roda-public/sources hopefully will generate some constructive reuse in the community.”

It became clear to IAN/TT planners that the number of digital objects produced by Portuguse intuitions would grow, their legal value and authenticity should be assured, that these digital objects would become the testimony of the activity of public organizations, and would constitute the social and patrimonial memory of Portugal. Tools and resources capable of answering the needs of public administration institutions in terms of preservation of the digital items were required. RODA provides technical solutions for digital preservation at the national level for all of Portugal using Fedora Commons repository software.

More About RODA

• Development Web site: http://roda.di.uminho.pt  Download RODA binaries or source code: http://redmine.keep.pt/wiki/roda-public#Download

• Register and participate in discussion forums and report issues:
http://redmine.keep.pt/account/register

• View a video about RODA: Download link

• Publications related to RODA may be found here: http://portal.roda.dgarq.gov.pt/en/node/221

• Check out some freshly-translated English documentation, articles and
the RODA OR09 presentation: http://redmine.keep.pt/projects/roda-public/documents

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Beyond the Repository Fringe 2009

Summaries from the event are posted on the DISC UK DataShare blog.

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