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Washington DC The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is seeking proposals for 2010 SPEC survey topics. For more than 35 years ARL has gathered and disseminated data through the SPEC survey program to assist libraries in the continuous improvement of their management systems. Each year, ARL works with librarians in North America to develop six surveys of the ARL membership on “hot topics” related to research library policies and practices. (Survey authors do not need to work at an ARL member library, but only ARL libraries are surveyed.)

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-06-16 12:03

Ithaca, NY Thank you everyone for contributing to the wealth of information that is exchanged in the Fedora Commons community. Whether you write an email, post an article to the Wiki, contribute code, register your project, present at a user group meeting, offer a webinar, or contribute articles to the quarterly HatCheck newsletter your participation is appreciated.

Here is an overview of current Fedora Commons Internet “spots” you might want to tune in:

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-06-08 12:53

Nottingham, UK  The way that research is communicated around the world is changing rapidly, opening access for more people to more research than has been available before. This brings change, challenges and exciting opportunities for authors, investigators and others in the research process.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-06-05 10:45

Boston, MA Join a free “All About Repositories” web seminar sponsored by Sun, Fedora Commons, DSpace and SPARC on June 3, 2009 that will focus on the popular DSpace open source software for creating an institutional repository. Currently there are over 500 organizations using DSpace to enable access to their research output and other content. If your organization is interested in making research output or digital content openly accessible, then DSpace software might be the perfect platform for you.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-06-01 10:19

Atlanta, GA BibApp developer Tim Donohue won the $2,000. Open Repositories 2009 Developer Challenge prize with his entry “Mention-It” which is a simple javascript library that collects “mentions” of content held within an institutional repository (or personal blog) from anywhere on the Web. The “Mention-It” code is available on Google Code.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-05-20 17:05

Charlottetown, CA Register now for the 2009 Red Island Repository Institute on Prince Edward Island July 20-24.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-05-14 11:01

Hull, UK The Open Repositories 2009 Conference (OR09), to be held in Atlanta next week will see the launch of a Fedora Commons Solutions Community around the idea of a “Scholars Workbench.”  If you will be attending the conference please come along to the inaugural Birds of a Feather (BOF) session which will be advertised there.  Among other things we will be asking for opinions on important of issues like where best to put the apostrophe?!?  Should it

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-05-13 10:51

Ithaca, NY, Boston, MA — Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation, two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, have announced today that they will join their organizations to pursue a common mission.  Jointly, they will provide leadership and innovation in open source technologies for global communities who manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-05-12 13:06

Ithaca, NY Chris Wilper, Technical Lead for Fedora Commons Repository software, and the entire Fedora Commons Repository development team are pleased to announce the release of Fedora 3.2. This release includes many useful features and fixes, and should prove to be a major boon to your repository installation. With the help of the Fedora community in identifying defects, contributing patches, and providing valuable input in driving the direction of new development, this release is a reflection of the dedication and effort of many willing hands.

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-05-11 10:08

Milan, Italy Registration for ELPUB 2009, to be held in Milan (Italy) June
10-12, 2009 is open and early bird fees are available until May 10.
To find out more about the meeting, to register, and to learn about accommodations and travel options, please visit

Submitted by Anonymous on 2009-05-05 10:43