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Santa Clara, CA “Text” was common repository digital content during the last decade. Now repositories are being designed to manage many kinds of “data”—and lots of it. Companies and organizations need mass quantities of accurate and detailed information to enable fast analysis and trend-spotting. From satellite that transmit terabytes worth of astronomical and weather data, to financial and demographic data, managing data just became easier.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Berlin, Germany Last month HatCheck spoke with Matt Zumwalt, MediaShelf—a company that works with businesses and organizations to create digital asset management solutions with Fedora—as he was settling into a flat in Berlin. Currently Matt is on what he calls a worldwide “Listening Tour.”

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Ithaca, NY The first issue of Fedora Commons HatCheck newsletter launched on March 4, 2008. This quarterly newsletter is by and for communities of Fedora users, developers, vendors and decision makers for the exchange of news, events and achievements. Your comments and content are most welcome! Please contact Carol Minton Morris (clt6@cornell.edu) to contribute your news to the June 4, 2008 issue of Hatcheck.

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Copenhagen, Denmark The Fedora GSearch team is pleased to announce the release of GSearch 2.0 for Fedora. The new release is designed to support Fedora 2.2.1. GSearch 3.0 for Fedora version 3.0, with message-based communication is currently being developed by Eddie Shin, Fedora Commons. The Fedora Generic Search Service or “GSearch” is part of the Fedora Service Framework that presents users with a service-oriented architecture approach that allows new services to be built as stand-alone web applications that run independently of the Fedora repository.

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Sydney, AU The DRAMA team has announced the 1.2.1 release of Muradora which is now available for download at http://www.muradora.org/software. More information about Muradora (including deployment guides) can be found at http://www.muradora.org.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Los Angeles, CA Florencio Almirol has an interest in how university news is managed and propagated. Almirol, a graduate student at California State University Los Angeles, heads up a student team that is prototyping the CoolStateLA Enterprise System. The project is led by Professor Jon Beaupre, Professor of Broadcast Journalism in the department of Communication Studies, and Professor Russ Abbott, computer science technical advisor.

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Columbus, Ohio Blockbuster movies and even soft drink commercials have made our planet’s polar regions and their inhabitants popular culture superstars. At the same time many people have either been confronted with what they believe to be climate change weather events, or find themselves wondering about how melting polar ice sheets and rising ocean temperatures might affect their lives in the future. Despite this onslaught of data, scientific discovery, drama and speculation, misconceptions about the Polar polar regions and their importance abound.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Ithaca, NY Akubra is the codename of a new, joint effort between Fedora Commons and Topaz to define a common low-level storage API for use by Fedora repositories and their related projects. Major goals of the project include improved plugability and support for file-level transactions. This work is aimed at opening up a wider variety of storage options while also providing a better guarantee of consistency between file storage and database and/or triplestore storage.

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Amsterdam, NL The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research coordinates scientific research in the Netherlands. Dutch science claims 2.6 percent of the global output of scientific publications where annual scientific research expenditures amount to approximately 9 billion euro.

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Ithaca, NY ARROW hosted about 25 Fedora users and developers in Melbourne, Australia on February 8, 2008 to review projects and share information about Fedora repositories across Australia and beyond. Thornton Staples, Director of Community Strategy and Outreach for Fedora Commons, was on hand to talk about the latest version of Fedora 3.0 Beta, and plans for Fedora Commons going forward.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008