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London, UK The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has opened an Ideascale web site to encourage discussion towards defining repositories to feed into JISC repositories architecture work. To manage this discussion JISC is trying out Ideascale which is designed to “crowdsource” ideas, or manage large, distributed collaboration among undefined groups of people using Web 2.0 technologies.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 21, 2008

The July/August issue of The DSpace Foundation’s monthly publication “NewSpace” features an interview with Baoyao Zhou from HP Labs China about the Virtual Olympic Museum and in-depth DSpace feature focus, “Indexing Full Text Documents”.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 18, 2008

Ithaca NY Fedora Commons is one of several Supporting Organizations for the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 that will be held November 17 and 18 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 15, 2008

Ithaca, NY A new web site provides easy-to-use access to the tools and standards that power the NSDL. The NCore (http://ncore.nsdl.org) next-generation, open source digital library framework based on Fedora Commons open source repository software provide users, developers, information managers and decision-makers with systems for description, organization, interrelation, and annotation of resources.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 8, 2008

Edinburgh, Scotland On Behalf of the organizing committee of the Edinburgh Repository Fringe (http://www.repositoryfringe.org) Les Carr and Theo Andrew, Repository Fringe Co-chairs, have announced two compelling keynote speakers who promise to challenge the community and stimulate discussion and directions for the future.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 8, 2008

The Hague, Netherlands Attendees rated the first Dutch Fedora User Meeting held on June 19, 2008 as a successful venture with discussions underway to make this meeting an annual event. The meeting was hosted by the DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) project. Some participants requested that Fedora Dutch User meetings be held up to three times a year.

Submitted by Anonymous on July 1, 2008

Sydney, Australia After the recent release of Muradora 1.3 that included an all-in-one installation package, Chi Nguyen has announced that the DRAMA team at Macquarie University will no longer work full time on Muradora development effective July 1, 2008 in order to undertake a new area of work. Muradora will be developed and maintained as a side project until such time as new funding can be secured for further focused development. The code and documents will remain available for download.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 27, 2008

Ithaca, NY At the Sun PASIG meeting in May several interested members of both the DSpace and Fedora communities gathered to explore how the two projects might work together to benefit their stakeholders. On June 10,2008 the two groups hosted an open webcast discussion to identify ways to advance the missions of both organizations and communities through joint efforts. Subsequently collaborators from both communities have been working towards defining a set of goals and potential outcomes.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 25, 2008

Washington, DC Higher-education leader David Shulenburger, Science Commons head John Wilbanks, and marketing communications strategist Bob Witeck are keynote speakers slated for the SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2008 in Baltimore on November 17-18.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 24, 2008