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By Thornton Staples A Wunderkammer, or chamber of curiosities, was a precursor to the modern museum. During the Rennaissance kings, noblemen and rich burghers with an interest in the arts and sciences collected objects of varying kinds: stones precious and semi-precious, fossils, pieces of art and exotic artifacts. They stored and displayed them in purpose-designed rooms, Wunderkammers, which were pieces of furniture also known as Cabinets of Curiosities.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-03-25 15:28

Brookline, MA The Jewish Women’s Archive ( aims to “uncover, chronicle, and transmit to a broad public the rich history of American Jewish women” by providing public access to most of their materials. This project is using cloud storage to keep operations within their budget.  They plan to back up additional content, which includes many oral histories and other types of rich media, in the cloud. JWA uses Drupal for web content management.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-03-25 15:13

Oxford, UK The Forced Migration Online website provides instant access to a wide variety of online resources dealing with the situation of refugees and forced migrants worldwide. The project is coordinated by a team based at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford and is accessed by a wide variety of users including practitioners, policy makers, researchers, students and forced migrants.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-03-19 11:24

Ithaca, NY  Of the 39 Respondents to the Fedora Commons Quick Check Poll for March 2009, 30.8 reported that they are investigating the use of Fedora 3.0 Repository software; 51.3% are in development, and; 17.9% are currently using the software in their operations. 71.1% are using, or plan to use, Fedora 3.0’s the API-M and/or API-A (soap interfaces). 86.8% are developing custom applications, services or components to use with Fedora 3.0. To access the March 2009 Quick Poll results please contact Carol Minton Morris.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18 10:23

New York City Today, Mar 18, 2009, Sun is hosting the CommunityOne East conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City to announce Sun’s strategy and roadmap for its public cloud computing service. Dave Douglas and Lew Tucker are keynote speakers at the conference, and will unveil details about Sun’s strategy and roadmap for the public cloud computing space.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-03-18 10:05

Ithaca, NY Beginning this month, Fedora Commons will conduct brief polls entitled QuickCheck. The goal of this month’s QuickCheck is to learn more about Fedora 3.0 production implementations. Subsequent polls will cover a variety of topics.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-03-05 15:56

At OR07 there was a well attended Birds of a Feather (BOF) session around the idea of setting up a bank of content models and disseminators for Fedora 2.0.  This process fell by the wayside as a formal content model architecture became part of the Fedora 3.o release.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-03-03 13:01

London, UK  Developers from UK and beyond gathered this week in London at DEV8D, Developer Happiness Days. The event was organized by David Flanders and the JISC event committee, who are: Neil Chue- Hong, Ross Gardler, Andy McGregor, Owen Stephens,  Paul Walk and Scott Wilson.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-02-11 11:16

York, UK On Jan. 20, 2009 over 30 people attended the UK & Ireland Fedora users meeting held at York University. This brief overview is provided by Chris Awre and supplemented by material from Richard Green. Awre and Green serve as Joint Chairs of the Fedora UK&I Group.
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Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-01-28 13:03