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Fedora and Samvera Camp in Berlin: Final Days to Register

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 20:37

Registration for this event closes October 30th!  Register today!

DuraSpace and Data Curation Experts invite you to attend Fedora and Samvera Camp at the Berlin State Library November 5 – 8, 2018.  Fedora is the robust, modular, open source repository platform for the management and dissemination of digital content. The latest version of Fedora features vast improvements in scalability, linked data capabilities, research data support, modularity, ease of use and more.  Samvera (previously known as Hydra) is a grass-roots, open source community creating best in class digital asset management solutions for Libraries, Archives, Museums and others.  The Samvera software offers flexible and rich user interfaces tailored to distinct content types on top of a robust back end – giving adopters the best of both worlds. Training will begin with the basics and build toward more advanced concepts – no prior Fedora or Samvera experience is required. Participants can expect to come away with a deep dive Fedora and Samvera learning experience coupled with multiple opportunities for applying hands-on techniques working with experienced trainers from both communities.  Previous Fedora Camps and Samvera Camps (previously known as Hydra Camps) have been held throughout the United States, United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland.  Most recently, DCE hosted the inaugural Advanced Samvera (Hydra) Camp focusing on advanced Samvera developer skills.The upcoming combined camp curriculum will provide a comprehensive overview of Fedora and Samvera by exploring such topics as:

  • Core & Integrated features
  • Data modeling and linked data
  • Content and Metadata management
  • Migrating to Fedora 4.x
  • Deploying Fedora and Samvera in production
  • Ruby, Rails, and collaborative development using Github
  • Introductory Blacklight including search and faceting
  • Preservation Services

The curriculum will be delivered by a knowledgeable team of instructors from the Fedora and Samvera communities: Tom Johnson (DCE), Bess Sadler (DCE), Andrew Woods (DuraSpace), and David Wilcox (DuraSpace).

DuraSpace Members and Registered Service Providers receive a discounted rate.  Register before October 30, 2018!

Register Now!

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A Summary of the DSpace 7 Community Sprint #3

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 20:06

From Tim Donohue, Technical Lead for DSpace and DSpaceDirect

Last week, we wrapped up our third virtual community sprint on DSpace 7 (Oct 1-12). Congratulations to all our sprint participants, and thank you to all the participating institutions including:

Universities (alphabetically):

Hamburg University of Technology (Germany), TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany), TU-Dresden (Germany), University of Konstanz (Germany), University of Minnesota (USA), and Willamette University (USA)

Service Providers (alphabetically):

4Science (Italy), Almat (Mexico), Atmire (Belgium), and The Library Code (Germany)

Thanks also to our Sprint Coaches, Andrea Bollini (4Science) and Art Lowell (Atmire). They not only help lead/plan the development of the DSpace 7 REST API and Angular UI, but also act as coaches/teachers during each of our community sprints.

Here are a few interesting facts about this Sprint. This sprint saw the largest number of institutions participating (11 total, counting DuraSpace). We had six community developers who returned after participating in a previous sprint. It’s wonderful to see each of them return and continue to learn and contribute to DSpace 7! Germany, as a country, outnumbered all others with five total participants (from 5 different institutions)! I’m glad to see the enthusiasm for DSpace 7 carried over from the German DSpace User Group meeting (DSpace Anwendertreffen 2018) in September.

Summary of Sprint Activities

During the two-week sprint, seven Pull Requests (PRs) were developed, approved & merged into DSpace 7, with another seven PRs still in-progress. On the Angular UI side, we saw new translations of the existing UI (Czech, Dutch and German) along with bug fixes, enhancements and an early mockup of administrative menus. On the REST API side, we saw the creation of new endpoints (for creating communities and groups), enhanced Submission functionality, OpenSearch support and numerous bug fixes.

Additional information about this Sprint, including the full list of participants and PRs can be found at: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/DSpace+7+Community+Sprint+3

The dates for our next sprint are still being determined. However, even between sprints, we welcome anyone to join the DSpace 7 development effort. We hold a weekly, Thursday meeting and have active Slack channels for DSpace 7 UI (#angular-ui) and DSpace 7 REST API (#rest-api) discussions. We also maintain a list of “easy” tickets which new developers can claim to learn about DSpace 7 and/or the contribution process. More information can be found at: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/DSpace+7+Working+Group

Thanks again to all those who’ve contributed to DSpace 7 (in sprints or between sprints). Your support helps make DSpace 7 even better!

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VIVO Updates for October 14, 2018 — Camp, Force 11, Technólogico de Monterrey, VIVO registry

Sun, 14/10/2018 - 23:05

VIVO Camp this week  Join the VIVO instructors at VIVO Camp this week at the beautiful Butler Library on the campus of Columbia University in New York City, Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.  Violeta Ilik of Columbia, Huda Khan of Cornell, Benjamin Gross of Clarivate, and I will be working with participants from universities and industry to learn more about VIVO, Vitro, and the ontology, along with SPARQL, Karma, project planning, use cases, data sources for VIVO and much more.  We hope you have an opportunity to join us!  For further details, and to register and attend, click here:  https://conta.cc/2v93x4x

Force 2018 last week  Force 11 held its annual conference, Force 2018, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada October 10-12.  See https://www.force11.org/meetings/force2018  Force 11 is is interested in the future of research communications and e-scholarship.  For me, it is the second most interesting conference each year, behind the VIVO conference, of course.  Force 11 brings together researchers, communicators, librarians, publishers, and technologists in presentations, posters, and discussions regarding the future.  They are lively discussions.

Alexander Garcia Castro and I presented on Blockchain for Open Science in a Force 11 workshop organized by Lambert Heller of TIB Hannover.  I counted another 10 presentations regarding VIVO, mentioning VIVO, and referencing VIVO.  There is significant interest in the open graph of scholarship and VIVO’s efforts to create and represent it.

We expect to hear the dates and location of Force 2019 shortly.  We will pass them along here.

Technólogico de Monterrey  Congratulations to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, also known as Technólogico de Monterrey, or Tec, for adding their VIVO site to the VIVO registry here.   With 31 campuses across Mexico, and more than 89,000 students, Tec is the most recognized university in Latin America (Wikipedia).  Please join me in welcoming Tec to the VIVO community.  You can find their VIVO here:  http://research.tec.mx:8080/vivo-tec/

VIVO Registry  The VIVO site registry lists 159 sites around the world.  Some sites are in evaluation, others have active pre-production projects, while still others are in production.  Do you have a VIVO site?  Regardless of its level of maturity, it would be great if you could add your site to the registry.  It only takes a minute.  You can add your site here:  https://duraspace.org/registry/register-your-site/

Go VIVO!

Mike
Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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DSpace Use On the Rise

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 18:06

From Alberto García Guadarrama, eScire

In 2006, eScire’s group implemented the first repository in Mexico at the Colegio de Posgraduados – COLPOS (College of Postgraduates). 12 years later, eScire is working towards consolidating DSpace repositories as THE option, not only for graduate thesis archival, but also for storing institutions’ documents including: congress and posters communications, pre-prints, post-prints, audio-visual material, journals, patents, standards and regulations, learning materials, and more.

One of our strategies is offering free, online courses, where all academic and, in general, any institution, can easily learn about installing DSpace, workflow, customization and more. This has generated a lot of interest from all  types of institutions, including national institutions such as Politécnico Nacional – IPN (National Polytechnic Institute), up to large and specialized institutions, like CONACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia de México–National Council for Science and Technology of Mexico) Centres. We share information freely with all institutions and as a result, some have asked for more assistance, services, installation, training, consultancy, confirming DSpace as their preferred repository solution. One of our available resources is the YouTube Channel called CCV – Comunidad del Conocimiento Virtual (Virtual Knowledge Community) where we share all recorded webinars. Here you can find the list of free available webinars in Spanish.

Fig. 1. Response on the actual free webinars on open source software (Mexico & Latin America)

Another strategy is promoting and creating the first DSpace Users and Developers Community in Mexico. On September 10-11, 2018 eScire participated in Entre Pares 2018 (Between Peers). It is an annual seminar for publishers and librarians promoted by CONACYT in Mexico. This year it was held in Puebla (where eScire has its main office). This provided an excellent opportunity for us to reach out to most of our clients in Mexico. eScire hosted a welcome party on Sunday, September 9 and initiated the first Users and Developers Dspace Community in Mexico on September  11. Here you can find some photographs.  About 42 attendees participated from CINVESTAV, IPN, UNAM, CIDETEQ, CIATEQ, ULSA, BUAP, UAM, CIBNOR, UMAD, CIESAS, UDG, UPAEP, UAT, UGTO, USON, UNICACH. All participants were interested in joining the community.

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OpenAIRE and DuraSpace Partner to Support Greater Functionality in the Global Repository Network

Tue, 09/10/2018 - 16:26

On September 25, 2018 OpenAIRE and DuraSpace signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Both OpenAIRE and DuraSpace have a shared interest in a robust, interoperable, and functional network of repositories that provide value to the research community and contribute to Open Science and Open Access in Europe and the world.

Repositories collectively act as the foundation for Open Science by collecting and providing access to research outputs, and play a key role in the emerging scholarly commons. To that end, OpenAIRE and DuraSpace aim to ensure that repositories are using up-to-date technologies and adopting international standards and protocols. Through this MOU, OpenAIRE and DuraSpace have agreed to work together on a number of aspects to support their common goals. These activities include enabling DSpace systems to comply with OpenAIRE metadata guidelines, gradual adoption of next generation repository functionalities, and working together on standardized methods for measuring and aggregating usage statistics.

This partnership will support the global community of repository users by improving repository functionality and enabling the adoption of other value-added services by repository platforms and aggregators.

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Save the Date for Open Repositories 2020, June 1-4 in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 17:51

The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Stellenbosch University is delighted to announce that the 15th Open Repositories Conference will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1-4 June 2020. The conference will be organised by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service who looks forward to welcoming delegates to the first Open Repositories Conference (OR) on the African continent.

Stellenbosch University, located in the historical town of Stellenbosch, approximately 50 km from Cape Town, strives to be Africa’s leading research-intensive university, globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative where knowledge is advanced in service of society.

The Library and Information Service has been playing an active role in the African and international Open Access community for a number of years and one of its strategic objectives is to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a range of external and internal stakeholders by advancing local, national and international initiatives with regards to open scholarship.

Having chosen Stellenbosch as the venue, the annual OR Conference continues its objective to bring practitioners working at the interface of technology and scholarship together. Participants at OR come from higher education, government, libraries, archives and museums to share their experiences and knowledge about repository infrastructure, tools, services, and policies. We hope you will join us in Stellenbosch in 2020!

For the local organizing committee:

Ellen Tise & Mimi Seyffert-Wirth

Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service

mseyf@sun.ac.za

For the Open Repositories Steering Committee:

Elin Stangeland

University of Oslo Library

elin.stangeland@ub.uio.no

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VIVO Updates for October 7, 2018 — VIVO in Denmark, road trips, the NIH

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 01:22

VIVO Updates  VIVO Updates is near weekly news of interest to the VIVO community.  VIVO Updates is emailed to the VIVO email lists, appears in the VIVO wiki and Duraspace blog space, and is tweeted out by @vivocollab.  We hope you find it useful.

Do you have an item for VIVO Updates?  All items received by Saturday will appear in the next day’s VIVO Updates.  Just drop me a note at mconlon@ufl.edu

VIVO in Denmark  Last week I had the great pleasure of being a guest of the Danish Technical University (a VIVO member) at the advisory board meeting of their ROI-AV project.  They have done wonderful work on visualization, leading to their Opera project.  The next day, DTU held a delightful workshop.  I gave a talk which you can find here:  https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7159724.v2.  The following day I gave an invited talk at the AESIS conference “The Impact Agenda for Social Sciences and the Humanities:  http://aesisnet.com/event/impact-ssh18/.  My talk was titled “Impact, the Disciplines, and VIVO”.  You can find it here:  https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7159856.v1

The Danish Technical University is doing amazing work with VIVO in the area of research intelligence. They have a very strong team, and I look forward to having them participate in the future of VIVO, and to see what they are up to in the future.

Also in Denmark is Aalborg University, with another very strong team doing strong VIVO work.  Led by David Budtz Pedersen, the Aalborg team expects to have a production VIVO site next spring.  They have done significant work in the humanities and in research assessment and impact.  I had a chance to spend some time meeting the members of their team.  They are a strong addition to the VIVO community.

On the road  I’ll be on the road over the next couple of months, with a few days in Gainesville, Florida in between.  The dates below include travel days.  Will you be at any of these meetings?  I’d love to catch up and hear from you in person!

  • October 9-12, Force 11, Montreal
  • October 13-16, Metadata workshop, Leiden, Netherlands
  • October 17-20, VIVO Camp, New York City
  • October 31 – November 2, CHEAR (NIH) meeting, New York City
  • November 3-8, RDA Plenary, Gaborone, Botswana
  • November 9-16, Vacation, Capetown, South Africa, Jacksonville, Florida
  • November 21-25, Thanksgiving holiday, Washington, DC

I’ll be back at my desk in Gainesville, Florida, beginning November 26.

I should have good Internet throughout most of my travels.  I look forward to meeting new people and discussing VIVO with them in a variety of settings.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH).  You may have noticed I will be going to an NIH meeting in October.  Turns out that I have taken a small assignment back at the University of Florida to be the co-PI of the the US national Metabolomics Consortium Coordinating Center (M3C).  With my co-PI, we will coordinate a consortium of five compound identification cores, seven data analysis and software development cores, and the national metabolomics data repository at UC San Diego.  Along the way, we will construct a VIVO for metabolomics, gathering information on people, grants, papers, datasets, and software related to metabolomics.  We will coordinate with the European Bioinformatics Institute https://www.ebi.ac.uk/ on metabolomics issues.  I will be working with Chris Barnes of Florida, who some of you may remember.  Chris runs the UF VIVO site and will support the new VIVO.  Should be great fun.

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Announcing the First Country-Specific Webinar Series: Brazil

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 18:41

DuraSpace is pleased to announce the first Country-specific Webinar Series. Thanks to the support of Neki IT, a Brazilian Certified DSpace Contributor, we are collaborating on the organization of three webinars this fall where three different Brazilian institutions will present their experiences with DSpace. As a Country-specific series, the webinars will be offered in the Portuguese language.

This new initiative supported by DuraSpace in collaboration with community members is intended to support the Brazilian community in sharing know-how, best practices and use cases on how to implement DSpace to provide open access to many valuable cultural and scientific resources.

To better support communications within the Brazilian DSpace community, there is now an official and dedicated Slack channel under the broader DSpace channel (more information here).

Pre-registration is required. Register here for the first webinar. Registration information for the second and third webinars will be available later.

About the Webinars (English)

October 17, 2018 – The National Library presentation (Brasiliana Fotografica)

The first webinar will present the repository of historical photographs called Brasiliana Fotografica, sustained by the National Library of Brazil. The National Library team will present the challenges and experiences they encountered in the creation and development of a photographic collection at a national level. To learn about Brasiliana Fotografica visit:
http://brasilianafotografica.bn.br/brasiliana/

Pre-registration is required. Register here for the first webinar. Registration information for the second and third webinars will be available later.

November 14th – LUME Repository presentation

The second webinar will present LUME, the digital repository developed by the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul that allows the access to digital collections of materials produced inside the University. The webinar will be presented the LUME team who are experienced DSpace users. They will discuss how they approached implementing repository functionalities, and difficulties in implementation. Access LUME here:
https://www.lume.ufrgs.br/

Pre-registration is required. Registration information for the second and third webinars will be available later.

December 12th – IBICT (Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência)
Presentation

The third webinar will focus on the IBICT perspective in relation to DSpace and present the reasons why IBICT believes in DSpace as an important instrument to diffuse knowledge through digital repositories. In addition IBICT will demonstrate the importance of open source tools, which allow open access to information.The IBICT website: http://www.ibict.br/

Pre-registration is required. Registration information for the second and third webinars will be available later.

Sobre os webinars (Portuguese):

17/10: Apresentação da Brasiliana Fotográfica da Biblioteca Nacional

O primeiro webinar vai apresentar a Brasiliana Fotográfica, um dos repositórios da Biblioteca Nacional, demonstrando as experiências e os desafios para a construção e o desenvolvimento do acervo fotográfico desta instituição de nível nacional. Para acessar a Brasiliana Fotográfica e já ir conhecendo um pouco deste repositório, acesse: http://brasilianafotografica.bn.br/brasiliana/

Para melhor apoiar as comunicações dentro da comunidade brasileira do DSpace, existe agora um canal oficial e dedicado do Slack sob o canal mais amplo do DSpace (mais informações aqui).

Pré-inscrição é necessária. Registre-se aqui para o primeiro seminário on-line. As informações de registro do segundo e terceiro webinars estarão disponíveis posteriormente.

14/11: Apresentação do repositório LUME da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

O segundo webinar irá apresentar o LUME, repositório digital da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul que permite o acesso a coleções digitais de materiais produzidos no âmbito da Universidade. Durante o webinar, será apresentado a experiência que a equipe do LUME tem com o DSpace, sendo abordado as funcionalidades do repositório e as dificuldades na
implementação. Acesse o LUME em: https://www.lume.ufrgs.br/

Para melhor apoiar as comunicações dentro da comunidade brasileira do DSpace, existe agora um canal oficial e dedicado do Slack sob o canal mais amplo do DSpace (mais informações aqui).

Pré-inscrição é necessária. As informações de registro do segundo e terceiro webinars estarão disponíveis posteriormente.

12/12: Apresentação das atividades do IBICT

O terceiro webinar vai trazer a perspectiva do IBICT em relação ao DSpace, apresentado os motivos pelo qual o IBICT acredita no DSpace como um instrumento importante para a difusão de conhecimento a partir da construção de repositórios digitais. Além disso, o IBICT vai demonstrar a importância de ferramentas open source que possibilitam o acesso a informação. Acesse o site do IBICT: http://www.ibict.br/

Para melhor apoiar as comunicações dentro da comunidade brasileira do DSpace, existe agora um canal oficial e dedicado do Slack sob o canal mais amplo do DSpace (mais informações aqui).

Pré-inscrição é necessária. As informações de registro do segundo e terceiro webinars estarão disponíveis posteriormente.

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Recording Available: “Beyond North America: Widening Access and Participation”

Thu, 27/09/2018 - 18:03

The webinar recording and presentation slides from “Beyond North America: Widening Access and Participation” are now available.  This was the second of four webinars presented in the DuraSpace Hot Topic Series, “The Future Will be Open?” curated by David Lewis, Indiana University Purdue University Indiana, Dean Emeritus of the University Library and Michael Roy, Middlebury College, Dean of the Library.

The first webinar, “The 2.5% Commitment: Investing in Open” was presented on May 17th and focused on David Lewis’ proposal for a 2.5% investment in open infrastructure and how it aims to make visible the investments academic libraries make in open infrastructure and content.

The second webinar, “Beyond North America: Widening Access and Participation” was presented by Colleen Campbell who leads outreach for the Open Access 2020 initiative and  Dra. Arianna Becerril García, the Technology and Innovation Director of REDALYC.  Their presentation highlighted what progress is being made in the drive make scholarly content open, discoverable, and accessible through initiatives originating outside the US and each shared their experiences on the global open access movement bringing insights from where they sit in Europe and South America.

The recordings and presentation slides of both webinars are available at https://duraspace.org/webinar/.

This Hot Topics series is available live to DuraSpace Members.

Members of DuraSpace are among leaders of institutions from all over the world who share a belief that our digital scientific and cultural heritage should be preserved and made accessible for future generations. Members of DuraSpace have been invited to become part of a conversation that aims to begin an investigation into what it will take to sustain the emerging set of open technologies that underpin the open scholarly ecosystem we all depend on.

Our members are actively engaged in determining how to move forward towards a more open scholarly ecosystem. Attending Hot Topics webinars is one benefit that we offer our members to aid in collaborative consideration of common issues and potential solutions as an exclusive benefit of being a DuraSpace member.

 

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Announcing the next DSpace 7 (Virtual) Development Sprint, Oct 1-12, Sign up to Learn More and Contribute to DSpace 7!

Mon, 24/09/2018 - 19:28

From Tim Donohue, Technical Lead for DSpace and DSpaceDirect

The third DSpace 7 (Virtual) Development Sprint will take place from October 1-12, 2018.

We are in search of developers interested in joining us for a two week sprint (you need not be available for the entire two weeks). Sprint participants will help us make enhancements / squash bugs in the DSpace 7 codebase. Tasks will be available for both the DSpace 7 UI (using Angular.io) and REST API (using Java / Spring technologies), and will be listed on the Sprint #3 planning page in the coming weeks.

No experience with DSpace 7 codebase is necessary (though experience with prior DSpace releases is recommended). Sprint Coaches will be on hand to help provide ongoing support. However, as no official training/workshops will be held during the sprint, participants will be expected to be proactive in learning new concepts via the provided learning resources (including past workshop/training materials). Don’t worry though, we fully expect participants to have questions and need ongoing support, which is where the Sprint Coaches come in.

Whether you have contributed to DSpace in the past or not, this is great opportunity to learn more about the DSpace 7 Angular UI and/or new REST API. If you’ve never participated in the open source development process, this is a great way to “get your feet wet”, and submit your very first Pull Request (PR) to DSpace!

Signups are open immediately on the below wiki page. Feel free to pass this along to colleagues!
https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/DSpace+7+Community+Sprints

If you or your team have questions, feel free to get in touch, either via email <tdonohue@duraspace.org> or Slack <https://dspace-org.slack.com>.

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Reintroducing the DuraSpace Registry

Mon, 24/09/2018 - 18:22

The DuraSpace Registry is a community-driven database that identifies which institutions and organizations around the world use DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO. The Registry, which answers the question, “Who’s Using”, has been significantly upgraded: https://duraspace.org/registry/ The new Registry includes a map view of installations and is viewable by project.

DuraSpace is in the ongoing process of ensuring that the data in the Registry is current. In 2018 there are more than 2,900 installations registered worldwide. We need your help in order to update this valuable tool as we learn more about who is using our open source software, how they are using it, and how their use case may be similar to yours. Our aim is to make this information widely available to our worldwide community.

The information available in the registry is limited to what has been provided by an institution/organization either by registering or through the OpenDOAR listing. In order to maximize the usefulness of the registry it is important for our users to register their instance to ensure that their information is up-to-date.

Please take a moment to see if your organization’s repository or VIVO installation is listed in the registry. If not, let us know that you are using DSpace, Fedora or VIVO by sharing information about the software you’re using through the registry. If you find your information is outdated, please use this form: https://duraspace.org/registry/register-your-site/ to tell us what’s new, or contact Kristi Searle to update your information.

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VIVO Updates, September 23, 2018 — sprint in progress, camp coming up, service providers ready to help

Mon, 24/09/2018 - 01:22

Sprint in progress  Join the sprint!  Developers, documenters, testers needed.  The sprint is working on documentation, bug fixes, internationalization, and configurable support of ElasticSearch and Solr 7 for improved search.  Join here:  2018-09 Sprint

VIVO Camp October 18-20, Butler Library, Columbia University, New York City  Fall is here and the fall VIVO Camp will be held at Columbia University, October 18-20.  Campers will learn the ins and outs of VIVO – data sources, information representation, project management for VIVO, tools to use to load VIVO data, and much, much more.  We hope to see you at Columbia.  Register here: https://conta.cc/2v93x4x

Need help with your VIVO?   Several firms are available to assist with your VIVO implementation and customizations.  These firms participate in the Duraspace Service Provider program and some proceeds from their work provide financial support for the VIVO Project.  We deeply appreciate the expertise of these firms and their willingness to support the VIVO Project through the Duraspace Service Provider Program.  And special thanks to Erin Tripp at Duraspace who manages the program.  You can find the VIVO Service Providers here:  https://duraspace.org/vivo/community/service-providers/

Want to become a service provider?  That’s easy.  Contact Erin Tripp

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Recording Available: ArchivesDirect Overview Webinar

Fri, 21/09/2018 - 17:42

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018 DuraSpace hosted a community webinar, “ArchivesDirect Overview: Standards-Based Preservation with Hosted Archivematica.”  Sarah Romkey, Archivematica Program Manager from Artefactual Systems and Heather Greer Klein, Services Coordinator from DuraSpace presented an overview of ArchivesDirect, a hosted instance of Archivematica that includes DuraCloud preservation storage and is provided by DuraSpace in partnership with Artefactual Systems.  The webinar highlighted what hosted Archivematica can do for your organization; how it integrates with other systems and services; and the training and support provided with an ArchivesDirect subscription.  The presenters answered questions from the audience at the end of the presentation.

The webinar recording and presentation slides are available at https://duraspace.org/webinar/

Archivematica is an integrated suite of open-source software tools that allows users to process digital objects from ingest to access in alignment with the OAIS reference model. Together, Archivematica and DuraCloud provide a powerful, fully-hosted digital preservation software and storage solution. ArchivesDirect also includes onboarding and training by digital preservation experts to support your digital preservation goals and processes.

Learn more about DuraSpace services, including ArchivesDirect and DuraCloud at https://duraspace.org/services/.

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DuraCloud 5.0 Release Integrates HTTP Live Streaming (HLS)

Wed, 19/09/2018 - 19:40

DuraCloud customers can now select HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) as an option for streaming files. HLS is widely supported by browsers and mobile devices and allows for non-Flash video and audio players. HLS is supported by HTML5 video and audio tags. Both open and secure streaming options are available for HLS through DuraCloud, allowing your institution to stream audio and video content to the public or to authorized users directly from DuraCloud preservation storage.

Development work for this new feature was supported by an Andrew W. Mellon foundation grant awarded to UNC Libraries, titled Extending the Reach of Southern Audiovisual Sources: Implementation.

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.

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 September 16, 2018 — updated web site, Ontocale is a VIVO service provider, new site registry, camp is coming up, and see you in Germany!

Mon, 17/09/2018 - 00:06

Web site  The VIVO web site has been updated.  See http://vivoweb.org.  Everything looks a bit better, the membership page and the site registry (see below) are much better.  Some things moved around, to improve navigation and simplify the site.  A “Features” page describing VIVO’s features has been added, along with “Join the Community” and “Governance”.  All the pages on the site have been updated.  We hope you like this update to the VIVO web site.

New service provider  Ontocale, headquartered in Bucharest Romania, and led by Brian Lowe, has become a service provider for VIVO.  Brian was one of the originators of VIVO and has deep knowledge of the software and the ontology.  He has helped many sites with the implementations and customizations.  Ontocale joins Clarivate and Symplectic as service providers for VIVO.

Sites  VIVO has a new registry of its sites.  The new registry is much easier to use, more attractive, and easier to update than the old registry.  Do you have a VIVO site?  Not sure if your site is in the registry?  You can visit the new registry here:  https://duraspace.org/registry/?filter_10=VIVO Click on your site and check the information. You can submit changes to update the information.  Do you have a site that’s not in the registry?  You can add easily your site.  We regularly learn of new sites.  Please add your site to the site registry!

VIVO Camp  VIVO Camp is coming up, October 18-20 at the Butler Library at Columbia University.  Camp is a great opportunity to learn more about VIVO, the VIVO ontology, and what it takes to do a VIVO project.  You can learn more and register here:  https://conta.cc/2v93x4x

German VIVO workshop  I’m writing from Hannover, Germany where I will taking part in the third annual German VIVO workshop, organized by TIB.  I look forward to meeting everyone and learning more about VIVO in Germany!

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Save the Date! VIVO 2019, September 4-6, Podgorica, Montenegro

Tue, 11/09/2018 - 17:04

Violeta Ilik, and Nataša Popović for the organizing committee

VIVO 2019 is coming to Montenegro!

Podgorica, Montenegro, and surrounding area — Durmitor national park, Sahat Kula (the clock tower), downtown Podgorica, and bridges by night. Original images Andrea Polereczky CC BY-SA 3.0, Richard Schofield CC BY 2.0, Nije bitno CC BY 3.0, and Aleksandar Jaredić CC BY-SA 3.0 respectively. Derivative, composite image by M. Conlon

The School of Medicine at University of Montenegro, Clinical Center of Montenegro, and the Institute of Public Health of Montenegro are our hosts for the VIVO 2019 Conference in the gorgeous capital city of Podgorica. VIVO would like to thank the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for preparing an outstanding proposal for hosting the 2019 conference. The LOC members are:

  • Nataša Popović, MD, PhD, Vice Dean for Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montenegro
  • Maša Ždralević, PhD, Head of the Center for Scientific Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montenegro
  • Ljiljana Vučković, MD, PhD, Pathohistology specialist, ClinicalCenter of Montenegro
  • Dragan Laušević, MD, PhD, Epidemiologist, Institute of Public Health of Montenegro

Save the date and we hope to see you in Podgorica, Montenegro on September 4th to 6th 2019!

Program Chair

RubenVerborgh is a professor of Semantic Web technology at Ghent University – IMEC and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group at MIT. The VIVO community had a chance to hear Professor Verborgh at the VIVO 2016 Conference when he presented his talk: “The Future is Federated” and lead a workshop titled: “Linked Data Fragments: Hands-On Publishing and Querying.” The leadership of the VIVO project was inspired by his presentations and added the Triple Pattern Fragments (TPF) server to the VIVO software.

Professor Verborgh aims to build a more intelligent generation of clients for a decentralized Web at the intersection of Linked Data and hypermedia-driven Web APIs. Through the creation of Linked Data Fragments, he introduced a new paradigm for query execution at Web-scale. He has co-authored two books on Linked Data, and contributed to more than 250 publications for international conferences and journals on Web-related topics.

About Podgorica

As the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica is used to hosting events of similar size. In addition, in 2017 Montenegro has been chosen by Vogue magazine as one of the most tempting destinations to travel, because of its natural beauty and significantly more affordable prices compared to its neighbors Italy, Greece, and Croatia.

Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro with population of about 150,000, positioned in the middle of the country, in a picturesque area with 2 rivers. Prepare to swim, hike, and enjoy the natural beauty of Montenegro before, after, or maybe during the conference.

The conference center in Podgorica is located close to cultural monuments such as: Ribnica fortres, Old city and Clock tower, King Nikola’s winter residence and Kings park.

Historic places

Left to right, Ostrog monastery, city of Kotor, streets of Cetinje. Original images Branko Marinković yCC BY-SA 4.0, Chensiyuan CC BY-SA 4.0, Marianne van Twillert-Wennekes [http://montenegro-for.me/2017/10/5-things-you-should-not-miss-in-cetinje/] respectively. Derivative, composite image by M. Conlon

The city is located close to the:

  • Mediterranean coast with sandy beaches and historic cities of Bar, UNESCO-protected bay of Kotor, and Budva (1 hour car ride from Podgorica to Budva)
  • Lake Skadar National Park with fishing villages Rijeka Crnojevica, Vranjine and Virpazar (30 minute car ride from Podgorica to Rijeka Crnojevića)
  • Durmitor National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site (2 hour ride from center of Podgorica to glacial lakes and stunning mountain peaks of the Dinaric Alps)
  • City of Cetinje, the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro, is a beautiful historic town, just a 30 minute drive from the center of Podgorica. In Cetinje, the visitors can see the Blue Castle — the official home of today’s president of Montenegro. Cetinje is home to many impressive historic buildings that housed embassies during the 19th century, and the monastery that allegedly keeps the right hand of John the Baptist and a piece of the Holy Cross.
  • Ostrog Monastery built into the cliff of a mountain located about 1 hour from Podgorica by car.
The weather

During this time of year you will enjoy a mild, very pleasant climate.

The venue

The LOC has selected the Hilton Hotel as our conference venue which can accommodate 150 attendees in its conference rooms.  

You can also stay at the Hilton hotel where rates should be around 125 Euros per night. Alternatively, on-line sources such as booking.com and similar web-sites offer affordable luxury residential apartment accommodation located a short distance (3-5 blocks) from the conference center.

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VIVO Updates September 9, 2018 — VIVO workshop in Germany, September Sprint, the SPARQL Book

Tue, 11/09/2018 - 17:04

Third annual VIVO workshop in Hannover, Germany, September 17-18  Next week is the third annual VIVO workshop in Hannover, Germany, organized by TIB.  See https://events.tib.eu/vivoworkshop2018/ I hope to see you there!

September Sprint  VIVO is planning a development sprint for September 17-28.  See http://bit.ly/2CaFnxh

The SPARQL Book  SPARQL is a query language used to get data from VIVO.  You can use SPARQL to make reports and visualizations, inspect data in your VIVO, build new interfaces, and much more.  Learning SPARQL is fun (at least it was for me).  One reason learning SPARQL was fun was a great book, the SPARQL book Learning SPARQL by Bob DuCharme.  If you are learning about the semantic web, RDF, and VIVO, you won’t do better than DuCharme’s clear text. Highly recommended for all those working with VIVO and VIVO data.

DuCharme, B. Learning Sparql, 2nd edition.  O’Reilly. 2013.  386 pg.  ISBN13  978-1449371432.

If you’d like a gentle hands-on introduction to the VIVO ontology, RDF, and SPARQL, consider attending VIVO Camp at Columbia University in New York City, in October.  We cover ontology, SPARQL, and much more.  Information on the camp is available here:  https://conta.cc/2v93x4x

Go VIVO!

Mike

Mike Conlon
VIVO Project Director

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Announcing the New DuraSpace Service Provider (DSP) Program

Mon, 10/09/2018 - 17:57

We’re happy to announce the DuraSpace Registered Service Provider (RSP) Program has been restructured and rebranded in 2018 as the DuraSpace Service Provider (DSP) Program. It offers different types of service providers in our community, large and small, more ways to collaborate with DuraSpace.

The DSP establishes partnerships with service providers that wish to provide open source software services with the support of DuraSpace.

The goals of the new Program are four-fold:

• Working more closely with open source service providers to generate qualified leads and promote the adoption of DuraSpace open technologies to a broader group of prospect organizations
• Celebrating the expertise and in-kind contributions of service providers as it propels the quality and functionality of our code-bases and open knowledge to empower users
• Providing support and mentorship to service providers who want to start contributing to our communities
• Generating revenue to fund DuraSpace staff positions to manage code contributions/ merges, releases, bug fixes, and community leadership and outreach efforts in support of DuraSpace open technologies and communities

The new DuraSpace Service Provider (DSP) Program has three tiers:

Certified DuraSpace Partners
Certified DuraSpace Contributors
DuraSpace Listed Service Providers

Each tier has categories for DSpace, Fedora (Samvera/Islandora), VIVO, DuraCloud, and ArchivesDirect.
Our current list of service providers is available, here: https://duraspace.org/community/service-providers/. A summary of the DSP program is available in our Program Outline.
If you have a question, please contact Erin Tripp at etripp@duraspace.org.

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Webinar Registration Open: ArchivesDirect Overview: Standards-Based Preservation with Hosted Archivematica

Mon, 10/09/2018 - 17:38

DuraSpace presents a Community Webinar,ArchivesDirect Overview: Standards-Based Preservation with Hosted Archivematica

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET (convert to your timezone), Sarah Romkey, Archivematica Program Manager from Artefactual Systems and Heather Greer Klein, Services Coordinator from DuraSpace will present a one-hour webinar, “ArchivesDirect Overview: Standards-Based Preservation with Hosted Archivematica.”

This webinar will provide an overview of ArchivesDirect, a hosted instance of Archivematica that includes DuraCloud preservation storage and is provided by DuraSpace in partnership with Artefactual Systems. We’ll cover what hosted Archivematica can do for your organization; how it integrates with other systems and services; and the training and support provided with an ArchivesDirect subscription.

Archivematica is an integrated suite of open-source software tools that allows users to process digital objects from ingest to access in alignment with the OAIS reference model. Together, Archivematica and DuraCloud provide a powerful, fully-hosted digital preservation software and storage solution. ArchivesDirect also includes onboarding and training by digital preservation experts to support your digital preservation goals and processes.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Register today!

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NOW AVAILABLE: The DSpace Community Annual Report 2017 – July 2018

Thu, 06/09/2018 - 17:40

The DSpace Community Annual Report 2017 – July 2018 is now available. The Report provides an overview of the user community, membership, two brief community profiles, a technical overview, governance, finance, and events.

Download the DSpace Community Annual Report 2017 – July 2018 here.

We invite you to learn more about the DSpace community, current initiatives, and progress towards the release of DSpace 7 in the Community Annual Report. Thanks to members of the DSpace community for their help in developing this report: Terry Brady (Georgetown University Library); Claudio Cortese (4Science); Tim Donohue (DuraSpace); Felicity Dykas (University of Missouri Libraries); Valorie Hollister (DuraSpace); Salwa Ismail (Georgetown University Library); (Mariya Maistrovskaya (University of Toronto Libraries); Michele Mennielli (DuraSpace); Carol Minton Morris (DuraSpace); Samu Viita (National Library of Finland)

DSpace is a community-based, open source project that produces the DSpace repository platform. With a 16-year history, strong membership support, and active participation from a wide variety of stakeholder institutions located all over the world 2017-2018 was a year of progress toward the key community priority of developing and releasing DSpace 7 with a new, single Angular user interface and enhanced REST API.

The technical roadmap for 2017 is focused on DSpace 7 development. As a production repository DSpace needs to meet the needs of large and small stakeholder institutions, so minor updates have been released as needed. At the same time the bulk of technical efforts were focused on DSpace 7 which included a great deal of groundwork and foundation support for the new REST API. Plans for a Beta release of DSpace 7 with support for entities are on track for early 2019.

Building and sustaining a strong community is a central goal for the DSpace Project. To this end, training webinars and user group meetings were offered throughout the year; see the complete list in the Events section at the end of the report for details.

Your feedback is welcome. Please send comments and suggestions to Carol Minton Morris cmmorris@duraspace.org.

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