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Webinar Registration Open: “DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop”

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 19:13

DuraSpace presents a Community Webinar, DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM ET (convert to your timezone), join Terry Brady, Georgetown University Library and Pascal Becker, The Library Code, when they present, “DSpace Docker for Repository Managers: Running Any Version of DSpace from your Desktop.

In 2018, the DSpace development team packaged DSpace to be run with Docker. This made it possible to start any version of DSpace from your desktop with a simple command line call.  The use of Docker has created a more flexible development environment for DSpace contributors. Docker also offers great potential for repository managers which will be the focus of this webinar.  Topics will include:

  • What is a Docker image and what images have been published for DSpace
  • How to install Docker
  • How to launch DSpace 6 and DSpace 7 using Docker
  • How to participate in DSpace testing using Docker

If you are a repository manager who is interested in previewing new DSpace functionality or would like to become more involved in DSpace development or are a potential DSpace contributor who would like to learn how you can get started with the project, we encourage you to attend.  Time will be reserved at the end of the presentation for your questions.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Register today!

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UPDATE: LYRASIS and DuraSpace Intent to Merge

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 17:21

On January 24, 2019 LYRASIS and DuraSpace announced their intent to merge, to form a robust new home for Community-Supported Programs and Services.

Since then the Boards and staffs of LYRASIS and DuraSpace have been engaged in a due diligence fact-finding process aimed at gathering and synthesizing feedback from stakeholders to aid in leadership’s decision-making.

To date, DuraSpace Executive Director Erin Tripp has met with the Fedora Steering Group, VIVO Leadership Group, DSpace Leadership Group, Certified DuraSpace Partners of DSpace, and began meeting with individual platinum and gold members to share information and answer questions. We will also be holding an open informational webinar:

“Amplifying Impact: LYRASIS and DuraSpace Town Hall Meeting”

We hope our members and stakeholders will  join this online event. A recording will be made available following the live event. Also, If you are part of a community of practice or community governance group we encourage you to compile questions and feedback on behalf of the group and share it with us. Feel free to send to Erin Tripp, Executive Director, DuraSpace at etripp@duraspace.org and/or Robert Miller, CEO, LYRASIS at robert.miller@lyrasis.org by Friday, February 22.

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WEBINAR: LYRASIS and DuraSpace Town Hall Meeting

Mon, 11/02/2019 - 19:03

The LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards announced their “Intent to Merge” the two organizations on January 24, 2019. Both the LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards are currently in the due diligence phase to investigate the merger, and want to include their communities to discuss the future, answer questions and share feedback.

Join us for a Town Hall meeting with Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS and Erin Tripp, Executive Director of DuraSpace. Robert and Erin will review how the organizations plan to come together to create a sustainable, innovative, global community with additional benefits for members and users. Please join us for these updates and a Q&A session directly following.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 12:00 PM ET

Register prior to the session. Please submit the registration form and you will receive an email with detailed login information a few days prior to the event. If the session fills up a recording will be made available online following the session.

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Introducing CAP (Curators’ Administrative Platform) from Texas A&M University Libraries

Thu, 07/02/2019 - 19:05

An institutional repository’s effectiveness in showcasing heterogenous content depends largely
on an appropriate selection of metadata schemata. Specialized structures and fields are
required to faithfully depict the context and type of audiovisual media and special collections.
The metadata associated with digital assets are fundamental to the repository’s function, and
they allow users to search, sort, share, attribute, represent, and track the provenance of
content. Librarians often term a specialized set of metadata fields from various schemata a
“metadata application profile”.

The Applications Development team at Texas A&M University Libraries has prototyped an
application called CAP (Curators’ Administrative Platform) to enable dynamic customization of
metadata application profiles for Fedora repositories and to facilitate the basic interactions
with the Fedora REST API (LDP, Fixity, Versioning, and Transactions) through a clean, intuitive
modern UI. CAP also includes viewers to render image resources in the browser with <img>tags
or with OpenSeadragon and a IIIF Image Server. The A&M team includes developers James Creel,
Jeremy Huff, Kevin Day, Ryan Laddusaw, Jason Savell, and William Welling; and managers Doug Hahn
and Mike Bolton.

CAP is a thin layer on top of the Fedora Repository platform which allows administrators to
designate URIs for RDF metadata namespaces over the Internet, parse the namespaces using
the Apache Jena library (https://jena.apache.org), and select specific fields for use in a given IR.
In this way, administrators can craft application profiles appropriate for specific content types
or collections in a Fedora repository.

Architecturally, CAP consists of an Angular.js frontend to a Spring Boot webserver. The
webserver persists information about IR locations and schemata and performs the calls to
remote namespace URIs and Fedora REST endpoints. Interactions with underlying Fedora
repositories are handled with the Fedora Java client.

The Applications Development team at A&M would ideally like to see the CAP webservice as
“One API to rule them all” by making CAP usable with other repository platforms, but
acknowledges this as a future goal that would likely entail compromises in homogenizing
different repository interfaces and data models.

The open source code for CAP is available on GitHub at https://github.com/TAMULib/Cap . Prior
to a formal release, the developers would appreciate feedback from any community members
willing to stand-up the software, fix bugs, or commit code. Please contact James Creel
jcreel@library.tamu.edu with question or suggestions.

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CALL for Proposals–Spring 2019 euroCRIS Spring Membership Meeting

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 20:22

From Pablo de Castro, euroCRIS Secretariat

As our Spring 2019 membership meeting at CSC (IT Center for Science) in Espoo/Helsinki approaches, this message is a call for proposals for presentations at the event. We’re currently working on the event website and on the programme, which will see some innovations with regard to previous editions. The dates for theSpring 2019 membership meeting are May 27-29, 2019.

One of these innovations will be a session for 10-min lightning talks that allow smaller findings and local experiences to be reported and questions to be raised. In order to make sure we have sufficient input for holding such a session, this is to request proposals for this kind of short presentations (besides our standard request for regular contributions about 25-30 mins long to the Jostein Hauge session).

We wish to invite the international CRIS community to send in proposals for either session on any of the following topics:

– Case studies in CRIS implementation & operation, with emphasis on new platforms and new configurations for pre-existing platforms
– Research Information infrastructures on a national and international level
– Cross-system interoperability: exchange and reuse of research information from existing resources
– Research information for funders
– Output and performance: trends in research assessment, rankings and bench-marking
– Evaluation of scientific organisations as cultural, societal or economic assets
– Value, impact and outcomes of universities
– Semantic approaches, data mining and profiling in the interpretation of research information
– The (worldwide) uptake of CRIS Systems by various stakeholders
– Identification schemes and standards
– Linked Open Data for research information
– Use cases in the application of CERIF
– Current trends in Open Access and Research Data Management and Archiving
– Meaning of CRISs for Open Science
– (Possible) Role of CRISs in creating FAIR data infrastructures

Given both the venue of the meeting and the lively and active RIM landscape and community in Northern Europe, we hope to be able to welcome a certain number of contributions from the Nordic countries.

Please send us a short 200-word abstract for your lightning talk proposal (300 words for a contribution to the Jostein Hauge session) here. Suggestions for contributions will be accepted until the end of March.

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Registration Open: Fedora Camp Atlanta

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 18:21

Fedora is the robust, modular, open source repository platform for the management and dissemination of digital content. Fedora is used in a wide variety of institutions including libraries, museums, archives, and government organizations. Fedora Camp, hosted by Emory University Libraries, offers everyone a chance to dive in and learn all about Fedora.

Fedora Camp Atlanta will be held May 20 – 22, 2019 at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Early bird registrants will receive a discounted rate along with DuraSpace Members and Service Providers.

Training will begin with the basics and build toward more advanced concepts–no prior Fedora experience is required. Participants can expect to come away with a deep dive Fedora learning experience coupled with multiple opportunities for applying hands-on techniques working with experienced trainers and Fedora gurus.

Previous Fedora Camps include the inaugural camp held at Duke University, the West Coast camp at CalTech, NYC camp at Columbia U, Texas camp at UT Austin, and NASA Camp at Goddard Space Flight Center.  The camp curriculum will provide a comprehensive overview of Fedora by exploring such topics as:

  • Core & Integrated features
  • Data modeling and linked data
  • Samvera and Islandora
  • Migrating to Fedora
  • Deploying Fedora in production
  • Preservation Services

The curriculum will be delivered by a knowledgeable team of instructors from the Fedora community including, David Wilcox, Fedora Product Manager and Andrew Woods, Fedora Technical Lead.

View a sample agenda.

Register today and join us in Atlanta!

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VIVO Updates for January 27, 2019 — VIVO conference registration open, call for proposals opens soon, architectural fly-in this week, calls this week, Duraspace and LYRASIS intent to merge

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 02:41

VIVO conference registration is open  Its true!  You can register for the 10th annual VIVO Conference (VIVO 2019) now here: http://bit.ly/2FWcRRt

The conference will be held September 4-6, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in Podgorica, Montenegro.  Register today to get the special early bird rate.

The 10th annual conference will be the first in Europe and will feature outstanding speakers and workshops focused on the use of linked open data for scholarship.  It will be a fantastic opportunity to see cutting edge work and share your experiences with people of common interests.

You can follow the conference on Twitter at #vivo19.

If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring the conference, with display space, complimentary registration, and other sponsor benefits, please contact Julia Trimmer

VIVO conference call for proposals will open soon  Thinking of presenting at the VIVO conference?  The call for proposals will open soon.  The conference will be looking for strong proposals for workshops, talks, panels, and posters.  This year, the conference plans to use Open Review (http://openreview.net), a configurable policy platform for peer review, created by the Information Extraction and Synthesis Laboratory of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  You can learn more about Open Review here:  https://openreview.net/about

Architectural fly-in  This week the VIVO project will hold an architectural fly-in at the University of Florida Research and Academic Center at Lake Nona, Orlando, Florida.  The group will discuss future VIVO software and system architecture in support of the Product Direction for 2019.

You can read more about the work of the group here:  2019 Architectural Fly-in

Calls this week

Due to the fly-in, there will be no development meeting this week.

Duraspace and LYRASIS announce intent to merge.  Duraspace (http://duraspace.org), and LYRASIS (https://www.lyrasis.org) have announced an “intent to merge”.  See the press release here:  https://duraspace.org/amplifying-impact-lyrasis-and-duraspace-announce-intent-to-merge-2/  Due diligence is on-going, and final board action, following community input and due diligence, is expected later this spring.  A Frequently Asked Questions site is available.  The Duraspace board members can be found here:  https://duraspace.org/about/board-of-directors/  If you have comments or questions regarding the intent to merge, please share them with one of the board members, or with Erin Tripp, the Executive Director of Duraspace, or Robert Miller, the CEO of LYRASIS.  The Duraspace Board will meet February 10 to continue to discussion of the intent to merge.



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Amplifying Impact: LYRASIS and DuraSpace Announce Intent to Merge

Thu, 24/01/2019 - 05:12
LYRASIS and DuraSpace announce their intent to merge, forming a robust new home for Community-Supported Programs and Services.

LYRASIS, an innovative full-service technology and services nonprofit, and DuraSpace, which specializes in open source technologies, plan to join their world-class 501(c)(3) nonprofit teams in 2019. LYRASIS is a recognized leader in building and delivering solutions to academic and public libraries, museums and archives. DuraSpace is a best of class team providing leadership and innovation for open technologies used by academic, scientific, cultural, technology and research communities.

The combined organization will serve over 1,200 members and 3,500 organizational users across the globe.  With a vision of leading community focused innovation, the increased scale and sustainability of a combined organization will provide better value and benefits to members of LYRASIS and DuraSpace.

A new division of LYRASIS, the DuraSpace Community Supported Programs Division, will be formed to accelerate the pace of development for a combined 8 global open source technology communities, including DSpace, Fedora, VIVO, DuraCloud, ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace, SimplyE public, and SimplyE academic. DuraSpace hosted services, DuraCloud, DSpaceDirect, and ArchivesDirect, will also transition to LYRASIS. In addition, a thought leadership division will be created that will combine the rich and diverse memberships of both organizations to collaboratively design and develop next generation solutions that include migration, integration, analytics, and hosting.

Robert Miller, LYRASIS CEO says “The DuraSpace contribution and commitment to openness as it applies to academic communities has always stood out to me. They have built a phenomenal team, attracted a blue ribbon board, and earned the support and trust of their prestigious members. We are honored to join together with DuraSpace. Our collective memberships will benefit from increased economies of scale and having a bigger seat at the table as we work together to design and build better end-to-end solutions. We are eager to add DuraSpace’s voice to ours.”

Erin Tripp, DuraSpace’s Executive Director explains that “While DuraSpace is in its strongest financial position ever, the synergies of joining our two organizations will allow us to leverage a larger organization and member base to amplify our voice. Our missions and memberships are already converging. Taking this next step to merge our organizations will provide access to staff and investment dollars to accelerate the pace of global, community-supported open source software development. Together, we can steward viable alternatives to proprietary products.”

Following a brief period to complete due diligence, the Boards of the two non-profit organizations will hold a merger vote. If affirmed, the merger will proceed at a pace to ensure minimal disruption to members and customers.

In the proposed merger between DuraSpace and LYRASIS, LYRASIS will remain the parent organization and legal entity. The DuraSpace brand, stewardship of DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO, and fiscal sponsorship supports will transition to the new DuraSpace Community Supported Programs Division of LYRASIS. DuraSpace hosted services (DuraCloud, DSpaceDirect, and ArchivesDirect) will also transition to LYRASIS.  

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions documentation.

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VIVO Updates for January 21, 2019 — Wikipedia, VIVO in 2019, data in 2019, calls this week

Mon, 21/01/2019 - 23:24

Help wanted: Wikipedian.  VIVO has a Wikipedia page.  See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VIVO_(software).  Looks like it was written in 2017.  If you were involved, or would like to help expand/maintain the page, that would be great!  Please contact Mike Conlon.  Thanks!

The VIVO Project, 2019.  We live in interesting times.  Lots of change, lots of challenges.  Thankfully, the VIVO community works to a common purpose, with support and effort directed toward improving the ability of everyone to represent information about scholarship and use that information to showcase the work of scholars, use the information to improve our institutions and our ability to advance, curate and share knowledge, and to help people find the expertise they need.  Here are just a few of the things we can look forward to in 2019:

  • First ever architectural fly-in in Orlando in January
  • Additional participation in VIVO’s open source development sprints
  • New development in accord with the Product Direction for 2019
  • Advances in ontology, internationalization, and visualization
  • First ever international conference – VIVO 2019 in Podgorica, Montenegro, September 4-6.

There are many opportunities for you to help the effort.  Drop by an interest group call (see below).  All are welcome!

The world of scholarship, 2019. Much is changing in the world of scholarship, particularly as it relates to VIVO as a collector and representation of the efforts of scholars at institutions.  Two big ideas seem to be gaining ground.

Open, disambiguated, scholarly metadata at scale.  Tools for combining metadata for VIVO and other systems was discussed at CNI with many participants. I feel the ecosystem is reaching a tipping point where gathering the world’s open scholarly metadata is within the reach of several open groups.  These groups are further poised to apply machine learning for disambiguation as some commercial providers have already done. Research Graph, ERNIE, SHARE, Impact Story, CrossRef, Internet Archives, Wikidata and WikiCite, CD2H and others are all within reach of creating and providing disambiguated, open scholarly metadata at scale. 2019 should be an interesting year.

The distributed web.  It seems odd to talk about the distributed web – the web is very distributed with millions of web sites and billions of pages.  Well, yes, but.  Several large information sources dominate the web – Google, Facebook, and other super-centralized information sources create controlled environments.  But we see universities, libraries, and government agencies creating local collections of digital objects and metadata.  Perhaps these can remain with their curators and be used as needed across the web.  The Solid Project at MIT, Triple Pattern Fragments (in VIVO and many other systems), and other efforts look to use data and metadata in a distributed manner, not requiring the aggregation common in centralized current approaches.  Expect to hear more about this at the VIVO conference and elsewhere in the coming year.

What are additional “big ideas” we should be considering as we develop strategy and plans for VIVO?  Join the conversation on our email lists, Slack, and help shape the project by becoming a developer, a member, a documentation specialist, a task force lead, or involved with project governance.  It looks to be a very interesting year.

Calls this week  All times US Eastern.  Task forces and interest groups are always interested in new participants.  All meetings via Zoom with dial-in numbers available.



Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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DSpace Anwendertreffen 2019–Call for Participation

Mon, 21/01/2019 - 18:20

From Pascal-Nicolas Becker, The Library Code GmbH

(German version below)

The DSpace Anwendertreffen 2019 will take place at the University of Bamberg, on Thursday, 11th April 2019 and Friday, 12th April 2019. It is organized by the University Library of Bamberg and The Library Code GmbH. This meeting is about informal exchange between DSpace users, and therefore also of DSpace-CRIS users of course. We kindly ask for submissions in the format of presentations, round tables, and for the first time workshops. While presentations are mostly given by one or two speakers, the idea of the round tables is to give DSpace users the space to discuss a specific topic. Both formats will take place on the first day (Thursday) of the Anwendertreffen just as the meeting of the DSpace Konsortium Deutschland.

This year we introduce a new format that will take place on the second day (Friday): workshops. Workshops will give DSpace users the opportunity to work together on a specific topic, e.g. how to connect to/use an external service or the demonstration/discussion of an add-on, for up to three hours. The DSpace-CRIS workshop, which we introduced in the last year and are planning to repeat, is a good example of the new format.

We kindly ask you to send us proposals for all three formats. If you would like to give a presentation, please send us a short abstract including an estimation of the time your talk will take. If there is a topic you think a round table should discuss, please send us your idea. If you’re willing to offer a round table on a dedicated topic, please send us a short description. And if you want to organize a workshop, please send us a title, an abstract, a timeframe, how many users roughly you expect and if you have any specific request like tables for participants, internet connection, or anything else you’ll need for your workshop. While the main conference language will be German, we will accept presentations, roundtables and workshops in English as well. Please send your proposals by email to anwendertreffen@the-library-code.de by the deadline of February 15h, 2019.

(Deutschsprachige Version)

Das DSpace Anwendertreffen 2019 findet am Donnerstag, den 11. April 2019 und Freitag, den 12. April an der Universität Bamberg statt. Es wird von der Universitätsbibliothek Bamberg und The Library Code GmbH organisiert. Ziel ist der Austausch zwischen Nutzerinnen und Nutzern von DSpace und somit natürlich auch Nutzerinnen und Nutzern von DSpace-CRIS. Wir bitten dieses Jahr um Beiträge in Form von Vorträgen, Thementischen und erstmals Workshops. Während Vorträge hauptsächlich von einer Sprecherin, einem Sprecher oder mehreren Sprecher/innen vorgetragen werden, sollten Thementischen Anwenderinnen und Anwendern von DSpace den Raum für Diskussionen zu einem bestimmten Thema geben. Beide Formate werden, ebenso wie das Teilnehmertreffen des DSpace Konsortiums Deutschland, am ersten Tag (Donnerstag) stattfinden. Daneben führen wir in diesem Jahr ein weiteres Format ein, das am zweiten Tag (Freitag) Raum finden wird: Workshops. Workshops geben DSpace Anwenderinnen und Anwendern die Möglichkeit bis zu drei Stunden ein spezielles Thema, bspw. die Verknüpfung von DSpace mit einem speziellen Service oder die ausführliche Präsentation eines Add-ons, gemeinsam zu behandeln. Ein gutes Beispiel für dieses neue Format ist der Workshop zu DSpace-CRIS, der im vergangenen Jahr erstmals stattgefunden hat und auch in diesem Jahr wieder fest eingeplant wird.

Wir bitten Sie freundlich, uns Vorschläge für alle drei Formate zu schicken: Wenn Sie einen Vortrag halten möchten, senden Sie uns bitte eine kurze Zusammenfassung inklusive einer Angabe zum zeitlichen Rahmen Ihres Vortrags. Bitte senden Sie uns auch Themen, die Ihrer Meinung nach im Rahmen eines Thementisches behandelt werden sollen. Wenn Sie bereit sind, einen Tisch zu einem speziellen Thema anzubieten, senden Sie uns bitte eine kurze Beschreibung. Und falls Sie einen Workshop organisieren möchten, senden Sie uns bitte den Titel, eine Zusammenfassung, den voraussichtlichen zeitlichen Rahmen, eine grobe Anzahl der von Ihnen erwarteten Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer sowie Angaben zu den örtlichen Voraussetzungen für den Workshop zu. Auch wenn die Konferenzsprache Deutsch ist, akzeptieren wir gerne auch Vorträge, Thementische und Workshops in englischer Sprache. Bitte senden Sie uns Ihre Vorschläge per E-Mail anwendertreffen@the-library-code.de bis zum 15. Februar 2019.

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DuraCloud and ArchivesDirect Featured in METRO’s Digital Preservation Interest Group Presentation

Fri, 18/01/2019 - 17:34

The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)’sDigital Preservation Interest Group featured “DAM if you do and DAM if you don’t!,” a review of the CUNY Graduate Center’s implementation of ArchivesDirect, which pairs hosted Archivematica with DuraCloud. The session was presented by Stephen Klein, Digital Services Librarian at the CUNY Graduate Center (CUNY); Ashley Blewer, AV Preservation Specialist at Artefactual; and Kelly Stewart, Digital Preservation Services Manager at Artefactual. Regina Carra published a recap of the presentation on SAA’s Electronic Records Section blog.

About DuraCloud
DuraCloud is an open source, hosted service that makes it easy to control where and how your organization preserves content in the cloud. DuraCloud enables your institution to store content with expert cloud storage providers while adding lightweight features that enable digital preservation, data access, and data sharing. The service is also available from 4Science via DuraCloud Europe.

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Now Available: DuraCloud 5.1 Release

Thu, 17/01/2019 - 17:30

The new DuraCloud 5.1.0 release resolves several issues and brings transfer improvements in the DuraCloud Sync and Retrieval tools. Support was also added for independent management of existing secondary storage providers, such as Amazon Glacier and Chronopolis dark archive network.

DuraCloud is a freely available open source platform, and also a hosted service that makes it easy to control where and how your organization preserves content in the cloud. DuraCloud enables your institution to store content with expert cloud storage providers while adding lightweight features that enable digital preservation, data access, and data sharing. The service is also available from 4Science via DuraCloud Europe.

A big thank you to the Texas Digital Library for their assistance in selecting tasks and working through issues in this release. Detailed release and deployment notes can be found on the DuraCloud GitHub repository.

To learn more about contributing to DuraCloud or to subscribe to the DuraCloud hosted service, please contact info@duracloud.org.

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VIDEO and SLIDES from the NDSA Infrastructure Interest Group Presentation: Uncovering the True Cost of Cloud Storage

Wed, 16/01/2019 - 18:33

Heather Greer Klein, Services Coordinator for DuraSpace, presented to the NDSA Infrastructure Interest Group December 2018 meeting about determining the full cost of Amazon Web Services when planning for cloud storage. These costs include highly variable charges such as the monthly data transfer and export. While these charges are bundled into an annual invoice as part of the DuraCloud service, they must be accounted for when planning for contracting directly with Amazon Web Services.

You can view the presentation slides and notes or watch a video of the web-based presentation on the Infrastructure Interest Group YouTube channel. The video also includes a presentation by Kara Van Malssen, Partner and Senior Consultant at AVP, about AVP’s cloud storage vendor profiles.

About DuraCloud
DuraCloud is an open source, hosted service that makes it easy to control where and how your organization preserves content in the cloud. DuraCloud enables your institution to store content with expert cloud storage providers while adding lightweight features that enable digital preservation, data access, and data sharing. The service is also available from 4Science via DuraCloud Europe.

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VIVO Updates for January 6, 2019 — Happy New Year, Books for VIVO, Open Repositories, Wikidata, Calls This Week

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 02:56

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break!  It’s a time for family, good cheer, for reflecting on the year past, and the year to come.

2018 was an important year for VIVO.  Many wonderful things happened as project participation grew and the idea of an open source system for representing scholarship grew around the world.  The project is very strong and provides a vibrant, open approach to providing critical information needed to improve the practice of research and scholarship.  We are producing an annual report (our first!) Expect to hear more in the weeks ahead.

Over the break we tweaked the wiki a bit.  Hopefully things are a bit cleaner and a bit clearer.  Colors were simplified, pages simplified, the calendar improved, some navigation improved, some obsolete material archived, and some pages improved.  We try to have a light touch in such changes so that people can find things, we also need to make sure that current material is easiest to find.  The SPARQL Resources were significantly improved – all examples now run correctly in current versions of VIVO and additional examples and references have been added.  If ever you find obsolete material in the VIVO wiki, please feel free to update it.  You’ll need a Duraspace account which you can request from sysadmin@durasapce.org 

We’ll share some thoughts about the project and 2019 here next year.  Our Product Direction for 2019 provides an overview of where the software is headed in the coming year.

Books for VIVO  Each month we suggest a book for your VIVO library.  This month’s book is by Barend Mons, of the Leiden University Medical Center, GoFAIR, and CoData.  Professor Mons has written a book for all data practitioners interested in the FAIR data principles.  The book uses hundreds of questions to challenge practitioners in thinking through how to make their data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.  All those engaged in the production, curation, and sharing of data from scientific work will appreciate the insights here.  As one involved in these process for my entire career, I can say that this book would have been a tremendous help along the way and asks many of the questions we asked each other as we tried to create and share data.  The lessons here are not limited to scientific data.  VIVO is involved in the collection and sharing of data (some call metadata) regarding the work of scholarship.  VIVO practitioners, and groups tasked with creating and advancing VIVO implementations would undoubtedly benefit from discussing the issues raised here.

Mons, Barend 2018. Data Stewardship for Open Science: Implementing FAIR Principles 1st Edition ISBN 978-1498753173. 244 pages.

Open Repositories  will be held in Hamburg Germany, June 10-13, 2019.  The call for proposals is open here https://or2019.blogs.uni-hamburg.de/cfp/  While primarily focused on data and publication repositories, VIVO as a metadata repository, and as a front-end to repositories such as Dspace, Invenio, and Fedora is of interest.  If you are presenting or attending please let us know.  It could be an opportunity for a VIVO meet-up!

Wikidata  Before the holiday break, the developers group hosted a guest presentation by Daniel Mietchen of the University of Virginia and a wikimedian.  You can find his talk here: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Scholia/Talks/Wikidata_and_VIVO_in_2018  There is also a video recording.  There is interest in how VIVO and Wikidata might collaborate – how we might provide data to Wikidata and consume data from Wikidata.  Have ideas about this?  Please share on VIVO Slack (http://bit.ly/vivo-slack) or email.

Calls this week  VIVO calls resume this week.  All are welcome!  All times are US eastern time.  Follow the links for call information.



Mike Conlon 
VIVO Project Director

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DSpace Users Group Meeting and Training Workshop Held in New Delhi, India

Tue, 01/01/2019 - 20:33

The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Kalanidhi Division in collaboration with DSquare Technologies (Certified DuraSpace Contributor for DSpace) hosted a “DSpace Users Group Meeting and Training Workshop” on 3-4 December, 2018.

Key objectives of the event included bringing the local user community together and enhancing their understanding of DSpace based on experiences of users and practitioners.

DSpace  is an  open source  repository application typically used to create solutions for easy and secured digital access and long-term preservation of texts and images. One of the main use cases for
the solution is open access  repositories for scholarly digital content. DSpace Open Source software is developed by a growing community of developers committed to continuously expanding and improving the software. It’s also a recommended solution for Digital Archives as per the Government of India’s Open source solution framework.

Shri Shravan Kumar, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, inaugurated the programme. While speaking on the occasion, he emphasized that Kalanidhi is the leading repository of research and reference Resources in Humanities and Arts and such academic activities must be continued to benefit the masses. Dr. Ramesh C Gaur, HoD (Kalanidhi) gave the welcome speech. Almost 100 users, professionals and students from all over India attended the User group meeting to gain understanding of the concepts and best practices for using DSpace as a Digital Library system.

The User Group meeting was followed by a day-long training session on DSpace conducted by the expert team of DSquare Technologies.

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NOW AVAILABLE: Fedora 5.0.0

Thu, 20/12/2018 - 17:34

From Daniel Bernstein, Technical Lead and Developer, on behalf of the Fedora Committers

We are proud to announce the release of Fedora 5.0.0 December 14th, 2018.

The move from Fedora 3.x to 4.x represented a full reimplementation of the Fedora architecture.

The move from Fedora 4.x to 5.x DOES NOT represent the same scope of change. The changes between Fedora 4.7.5 and 5.0.0 are relatively small, although they represent non-backwards compatible breaking changes due to API and data model differences.

As of the 5.0.0 release, the Fedora project is conforming to standard Semantic Versioning. See the Fedora Semantic Versioning policy for details.

Resources Team Release Manager Major  development contributions All Developers Testers and Documentation Contributors Issue Reporters Summary

The focus of this major release is alignment of the Fedora codebase with the Fedora API Specification.  While the code behind basic CRUD (Create, Retrieve, Update, and Delete) changed only incrementally from the previous release (4.7.5),  Versioning and Access Control functionality underwent major refactorings. Per the Fedora API Specification, this release of the Fedora application implements the following underlying specifications:

294 JIRA issues were worked by fifteen developers for this release.  In addition, we also developed the Fedora API Test Suite which can be run against this release to verify compliance with the aforementioned specification.  Finally, the documentation underwent a full overhaul with special attention to the modifications to the API changes, additions, deletions, deprecations, configuration settings, and a new User’s Guide focused on content modeling and metadata recommendations.

Due to the changes to existing APIs and data models, Fedora 5.0.0 is not backwards compatible.  The Fedora Import Export Utility does not currently support upgrading data from Fedora 4 to Fedora 5. However adding upgrade support this utility is a top priority for the first quarter of 2019. Please see the outstanding issues section at the bottom of the release page for any known issues.


The following features are still in this release, but have been flagged for future removal.

Housekeeping and Bugs

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Complete Listing of Resolved Tickets

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Outstanding issues slated for the 5.0.1 Bugfix release (To be released in January 2019)
  • FCREPO-2969 – Cannot add rdf:type properties to binaries CLOSED
  • FCREPO-2970 – Cannot version RDF resource with a blank node CLOSED

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Impact of Plan S Implementation Guidelines on DSpace Repositories

Tue, 18/12/2018 - 18:21

From Atmire

Atmire reflections on the requirements for Plan S compliant Open Access repositories.

Coalition S recently released guidance on the implementation of Plan S, an initiative by European funders to make full and immediate Open Access a reality by 2020. Very specifically, this guidance contains section 10.2 – Requirements for Plan S compliant Open Access repositories.

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) has issued an initial response to the guidance. In this article, Atmire analyses each of the requirements, the COAR feedback and provides a perspective on what the implications might be for DSpace repositories.  Read the full article at https://www.atmire.com/articles/detail/impact-of-plan-s-implementation-guidelines-on-dspace-repositories.

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Happy Holidays From DuraSpace

Mon, 17/12/2018 - 23:39

As 2018 draws to a close all of us here at DuraSpace wish our friends and colleagues near and far the happiest of holiday seasons, and extend warm wishes for a prosperous and healthy new year. We are grateful for your continued interest in and support of our shared goal of preserving and providing access to the world’s intellectual, cultural and scientific heritage.

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Exposing Repository Content to Google Scholar

Mon, 17/12/2018 - 20:36

From Atmire

DSpace Repositories serving scholarly content generally receive a significant amount of daily download traffic from Google Scholar. In a recent webinar for Atmire clients, Bram Luyten zoomed in on:

  • The basic principles of how Google Scholar indexes your repository
  • Detecting and resolving indexing problems using the free Atmire Analyzer
  • Monitoring traffic originating from Google Scholar with Google Analytics

Click here to download the slides, speaker notes and recording of this webinar from Atmire’s Open Repository Demo installation.

Future webinars

We are already preparing our next webinar. If you have feedback of suggestions for future Atmire webinars, don’t hesitate to send them using this feedback form.

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Making DSpace GDPR Compliant

Mon, 17/12/2018 - 18:51

From DSquare Technologies

DSquare Technologies is pleased to announce GDPR solution for DSpace.

Most of us are aware that General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was enacted during May, 2018 resulting in stricter data privacy requirements. It is now more  important than ever to ensure security of Personal Identifiable information.

DSquare Technologies developed a GDPR compliance solution for DSpace with GDPR requirements in mind and at the request of some of the esteemed institutions served by DSquare Technologies (Certified DuraSpace  Contributor for DSpace). While solutions are evolving for further improvement some of this solution’s highlights cover:  i) protecting Personal Identifiable Information (PII), ii) right to be forgotten, iii) communication about any data breach, iv) managing cookies as per user session, v) OWASP listed vulnerabilities complied repository and many other parameters for ensuring compliance with GDPR.

DSquare Technologies is happy to help institutions in ensuring compliance with GDPR and making its repositories more secured and reliable for users. For more information contact: sales@d2t.co | Skype: dsquare_technologies | Cell/WhatsApp: +919717396363

About DSquare Technologies

DSquare Technologies is a Certified DuraSpace Contributor and Registered Service Provider for DSpace addressing information management requirements starting from Entry level to Enterprise scale repositories having multiple millions of pages. Some of add-ons developed on DSpace are Real time data analytics & Reports, Browser based content viewer, Modern user interface with mobile first approach with RTL, GDPR etc. that enable it to provide solutions for verticals like Libraries, Archives, Research, Judiciary, Knowledge management, Office documents management etc.  

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