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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

Mountain View, CA Got a repository? Would you like to understand more about what repositories are and how they operate? This spring DSpace Foundation, Fedora Commons, Sun Microsystems and SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) will offer a free About Repositories Webinar Series to provide professional learning opportunities for repository managers, developers, curators and decision makers. The seminar series will kick off on Feb. 18 at 9:00 a.m.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-01-20 12:26

Monash University, Australia After five years the ARROW project (http://arrow.edu.au) is drawing to an end.  We want to share our achievements, and to thank those who have played a role in it.
ARROW started with an idea – to build a new repository management solution for Australian higher education, and to make the research material stored in those repositories discoverable both nationally and internationally. The aim was an information management tool that would bring wider exposure to Australian research.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-01-05 10:49

Ithaca, NY During the last four months of 2008 Fedora Commons has seen rapid growth in community efforts towards developing partnerships, software and dynamic new initiatives. The December 18, 2008 issue of Fedora Commons HatCheck newsletter reflects those activities in news, achievements, opinion, reports, and upcoming event information gathered from the community. You may view the newsletter online here:
http://www.fedora-commons.org/resources/newsletter.php

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-12-18 14:27

By Sandy Payette, Executive Director, Fedora Commons  As Executive Director, I thought it would be appropriate for me to reflect on the major accomplishments of the year in Fedora Commons and provide a mini “annual report” for the community. Indeed, it has been a very exciting time since the startup of our non-profit organization. With a fabulous core team, and a great set of partners and community participants, I am proud to report to the whole community my view of some of the notable developments this year.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-12-16 17:20

By Dan Davis, Chief Software Architect, Fedora Commons I find strong desire to reflect at the end of the year on our first full year of operating as Fedora Commons. It has been a wild ride which should be expected for any startup. We had the long awaited delivery of the Fedora Repository 3.0 at mid-year followed by Fedora Repository 3.1. We also maintained our commitment to the community by delivering Fedora Repository 2.2.3 and 2.2.4. Along the way we have worked with 100+ projects to help them build their systems.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-12-16 17:20

By Sally Rumsey, ORA Services & Development Manager, Oxford University Library Services  It is no understatement that populating institutional repositories for research materials is proving something of a challenge. Some disciplines have their own popular subject-targeted repositories such as ArXiV (http://arxiv.org/) or SSRN (Social Science Research Network) (http://www.ssrn.com/). Their attraction lies in the authors’ strong allegiance to their discipline.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-12-16 17:16

London, UK The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC), the Repositories Support Project (RSP), the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and JISC held a joint workshop on December 12, 2008 entitled, “Tackling the Preservation Challenge: Practical Steps for Repository Managers,” to engage repository managers and preservation experts in sharing perspectives, requirements, problems and solutions.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-12-15 16:47

Visit Mulgara’s redesigned web site to download the latest version of the popular scalable RDF database written entirely in Java. The release of Mulgara version 2.0.7
may be downloaded at: http://mulgara.org/download.html
Features to note in this release are:
- Updates to the Web user interface. See http://mulgara.org/trac/wiki/WebUI
- A new Command Line interface.
- New relative and parameterized graph URIs.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2008-12-08 17:29