Madrid, Spain The Fifth International Conference on Open Repositories with the theme “The Grand Integration Challenge” will be held in Madrid July 6-9, 2010. Organizers have announced that the online proposal submission process is now open through March 1, 2010.
By S.Rajakumar, M.L.I.Sc.
Bangalore, India On January 9, 2010 a National Workshop entitled “Design and Organization of Institutional Repositories (IR) Using DSpace (1.5.2)” was organized by the Library and Information Centre, B. N. M. Institution of Technology, Bangalore, India.
Ithaca, NY Greg Grossmeir knows his way around open content. As a Community Assistant for Creative Commons he is a liaison with the Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) community (http://www.flossworld.org/index.php), and enables software developers to learn about and implement Creative Commons metadata support in FLOSS applications. On January 13 he offered a free webinar, “Enabing Open Scholarship” as part of the All About Repositories series sponsored by DuraSpace, Sun and SPARC.
From Thorsten Reimer
London, UK Arts-humanities.net (http://www.arts-humanities.net/) is hub for research and teaching in the digital arts and humanities developed by the Centre for e-Research (CeRch) at King’s College London (KCL). Projects include the following new initiatives:
• High Throughput Humanities e-Research (HiTHeR) and FReSH (Forging Restful Services for e-Humanities)
Ithaca, NY The DuraSpace organization is looking for an entry level java developer to join the team designing, building, and supporting its new cloud compute service and open technology named DuraCloud. DuraSpace is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to enable and support open source technologies and services for scholarship and research. DuraSpace currently supports several open source platforms including DSpace and Fedora.
The Netherlands The University of Twente uses Fedora in a project called ESCAPE (Enhanced Scientific Communication by Aggregated Publications Environments) which provides a “semantic overlay” allowing researchers to relate objects such as papers, topics, discussions, public media articles, and more.
Durham, NC Duke University Libraries’ (http://library.duke.edu/) Trident Project has implemented a management framework for digital collections that includes software to support metadata creation. This framework around Fedora includes an extensible metadata editor with support for handling multiple schema and collection schema customization.
Ithaca, NY Thanks to everyone for their participation and help during the DSpace 1.6.0 Testathon in December. During the Testathon we came across a total of 34 different bugs, found by over 10 different testers. Although this may sound like a lot of bugs, our team of volunteer developers have already fixed many of them and are actively working to fix the rest in the coming weeks.
In particular we would also like to recognize and thank those institutions and developers who hosted DSpace 1.6.0 test instances during the Testathon: