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by Thornton Staples, Director of Community Outreach and Alliances, DuraSpace Now that DSpace and Fedora have combined forces, we are beginning to bring together our community outreach activities to take advantage of both of our efforts. Chris Wilper and Brad McClean are working together on the developer community side of things, and Valerie Hollister and I are working on the user community.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-24 16:33

By Chris Wilper, Technical Lead and Developer, DuraSpace Fedora Commons hosted a very successful Developer Open House at OR09 earlier this summer. Thanks to all who attended and participated. Through this formal session and in on-the-fly hallway discussions we got some great ideas on how to improve developer participation. As the developer-community around Fedora and DuraSpace continues to grow and evolve, it makes even more sense to create communications channels that enable broad involvement.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-24 16:12

A recent study by Anne Gentil-Beccot, Salvatore Mele, and Travis Brooks, “Citing and Reading Behaviours in High-Energy Physics: How a Community Stopped Worrying about Journals and Learned to Love Repositories” argues that physicists are well-served by depositing their papers in ArXiv early and often. ArXiv is owned, operated and funded by Cornell University. This analysis of key points made by Gentil-Beccot et al is from Stevan Harnad, University of Southampton:
“This is an important study, and most of its conclusions are valid:

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-21 10:55

College Station, Texas Repositories are being deployed in a variety of environments (education, research, science, cultural heritage) and contexts (national, regional, institutional, project, lab, personal).  Regardless of setting, context or scale, repositories are increasingly expected to operate across administrative and disciplinary boundaries and to interact with distributed computational services and social communities.  The many repository platforms available today are changing the nature of scholarly communication.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-20 15:32

New York, London Tens of millions of dollars, pounds and euros are invested each year by government agencies and private foundations to develop and support digital resources in the not-for–profit sector.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-15 17:27

Washington, DC, Ithaca, NY, Boston, MA How long is long enough for our collective national digital heritage to be available and accessible? The Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) and DuraSpace have announced that they will launch a one-year pilot program to test the use of cloud technologies to enable perpetual access to digital content. The pilot will focus on a new cloud-based service, DuraCloud, developed and hosted by the DuraSpace organization.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-15 10:25

Camden, NJ Ron Janz, Steward for the Preservation and Archiving Solution Community, and data librarian for Rutgers Libraries, has added “Preservation and Archiving Sites” to their Wiki as examples of repositories that have policies in place that define and articulate criteria or indicators of trustworthiness and reliability for digital repositories.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-14 15:50

Rutgers, NJ The Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce the availability of OpenMIC, a METS-based bibliographic utility for describing and managing resources. OpenMIC is the open source release of the Rutgers University Libraries’ RUCore repository bibliographic utility and will be maintained on the RUcore annual release schedule. Releases will include fixes for known problems and recommendations for enhancements received from internal projects and the user community at large.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-09 17:38

San Francisco, CA, Cambridge, UK  PLoS One is an interactive open-access journal established for the communication of all peer-reviewed scientific and medical research launched in 2003. Since then the PLoS community has grown to include 13,000 peer-reviewers. 26,000 authors, 1,400 board members and millions of unique visitors in 2008.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-07 12:19

Rome, Italy The IADIS Applied Computing 2009 conference aims to address the main issues of concern within the applied computing area and related fields. This conference will be held in Rome November 19 - 21, 2009 and will cover technical aspects. The applied computing field is divided into more detailed areas (see below). However innovative contributes that don’t fit into these areas will also be considered since they might be of benefit to conference attendees.
Important Dates:
• Submission deadline (extension): 31 July 2009

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-07-06 12:17