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Columbus, Ohio Blockbuster movies and even soft drink commercials have made our planet’s polar regions and their inhabitants popular culture superstars. At the same time many people have either been confronted with what they believe to be climate change weather events, or find themselves wondering about how melting polar ice sheets and rising ocean temperatures might affect their lives in the future. Despite this onslaught of data, scientific discovery, drama and speculation, misconceptions about the Polar polar regions and their importance abound.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Ithaca, NY Akubra is the codename of a new, joint effort between Fedora Commons and Topaz to define a common low-level storage API for use by Fedora repositories and their related projects. Major goals of the project include improved plugability and support for file-level transactions. This work is aimed at opening up a wider variety of storage options while also providing a better guarantee of consistency between file storage and database and/or triplestore storage.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Amsterdam, NL The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research coordinates scientific research in the Netherlands. Dutch science claims 2.6 percent of the global output of scientific publications where annual scientific research expenditures amount to approximately 9 billion euro.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Ithaca, NY ARROW hosted about 25 Fedora users and developers in Melbourne, Australia on February 8, 2008 to review projects and share information about Fedora repositories across Australia and beyond. Thornton Staples, Director of Community Strategy and Outreach for Fedora Commons, was on hand to talk about the latest version of Fedora 3.0 Beta, and plans for Fedora Commons going forward.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

London, UK A Fedora UK and Ireland User Group Meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland to coincide with the Seventh International JISC/CNI Conference scheduled for July 2008 in Belfast.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Ithaca, NY Over thirty Fedora Commons speakers will present their work in main conference sessions and during “Fedora Day” at the upcoming Open Repositories Conference 2008 to be held in Southampton, UK April 1-4 2008. The Fedora Day Program Committee chaired by Richard Green, Manager, RIDIR, REMAP and RepoMMan Projects, e-SIG, Academic Services, University of Hull, has selected presentations focused on case studies, preservation and management, architecture, datasets.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Ithaca, NY The 17th Annual JA (Java Architectures)-SIG Conference will focus on “Higher Education solutions: The Community Source Way” with CAS, DSpace, Fedora Commons, Fluid, Kuali, Internet2, Sakai, and uPortal jointly planning the program. The conference will be held in Saint Paul, Minnesota April 27-30, 2008.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

Charlottetown, PEI Canada Prince Edward Island is one of Canada’s premiere travel destinations and is known for its sandy beaches, golfing, seafood and iconic red dirt roads.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008

JA-SIG 2008 will be held April 27 -30 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. Registration for the JA-SIG Spring Conference in St. Paul is now open.

Submitted by Anonymous on February 27, 2008