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Avalon 4.0.1 Released

The Avalon team at Indiana University and Northwestern University is pleased to announce the release of Avalon Media System 4.0.1. Version 4.0.1 adds the following capabilities over the previous version 3.3:

·         New Metadata Fields: Notes, More Identifiers, Table of Contents
·         Structural Metadata: Navigation by structure, create and edit structure
·         Wowza Support: Wowza Media Server integration with Avalon’s authorization
·         Hydra 8: Latest versions of Fedora 3 backed Hydra dependencies
·         Accessibility Improvements: Navigation of web page elements with screen reader and tab key; using player controls with keyboard
·         Active Encode: New transcoding API to support use of alternative transcoding engines
·         oEmbed Support: Avalon provides an oEmbed service with autodiscovery headers on item pages
·         LTI integration improvements: Avalon provides LTI URLs for direct access to item or sections when used with a Learning Management System such as Canvas
·         Offset URLs: Avalon users can now create URLs that jump to specified points within video or audio files.

Current users of Avalon 3.3 can take advantage of these new features by upgrading Avalon 3.3 to 4.0.1.

For a more comprehensive list of changes, see the 4.0 release notes. For more details on each of these new features, visit the What’s New in Avalon 4.0 wiki page.

Open Preservation Foundation welcomes Preservica as its latest member

The Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) is delighted to welcome Preservica as its newest charter member.

Preservica has over a decade of expertise in digital preservation, investing in many research initiatives as well as being a well-respected member of several international collaborations with academia, archives, libraries and corporations. Today, Preservica’s on-premise and cloud hosted digital preservation and access solutions are used by leading institutions and organisations around the world.

Read more: http://eepurl.com/bwtiJT


Fedora Quarterly Report available online

The quarterly report for Fedora for January – March 2015 is now available:


The report details much of what happened in the first three months of this year but also covers a number of general topics from January to June.

Highlights include:

  • Fedora Development
  • Fundraising
  • Fedora Committers
  • Upcoming training and events

“Hydra-in-a-Box” DPLA, Stanford University, and DuraSpace Initiative Funded by IMLS


April 15, 2015

Read it online: http://bit.ly/1OwQQU7

Contact: Dan Cohen (dan@dp.la), Tom Cramer (tcramer@stanford.edu) or Debra Hanken Kurtz (dkurtz@duraspace.org)

Far-reaching “Hydra-in-a-Box” Joint Initiative Funded by IMLS

A tripartite DPLA, Stanford University, and DuraSpace partnership will produce a turnkey, Hydra-based solution that can be widely and easily adopted by institutions nationwide.

Boston, MA  The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and the DuraSpace organization are pleased to announce that their joint initiative has been awarded a $2M National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Nicknamed Hydra-in-a-Box, the project aims foster a new, national, library network through a community-based repository system, enabling discovery, interoperability and reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world.

This transformative network is based on advanced repositories that not only empower local institutions with new asset management capabilities, but also interconnect their data and collections through a shared platform.

“At the core of the Digital Public Library of America is our national network of hubs, and they need the systems envisioned by this project,” said Dan Cohen, DPLA’s executive director. “By combining contemporary technologies for aggregating, storing, enhancing, and serving cultural heritage content, we expect this new stack will be a huge boon to DPLA and to the broader digital library community. In addition, I’m thrilled that the project brings together the expertise of DuraSpace, Stanford, and DPLA.”

Each of the partners will fulfill specific roles in the joint initiative. Stanford will use its existing leadership in the Hydra Project to develop core components, in concert with the broader Hydra community. DPLA will focus on the connective tissue between hubs, mapping, and crosswalks to DPLA’s metadata application profile, and infrastructure to support metadata enhancement and remediation. DuraSpace will use its expertise in building and serving repositories, and doing so at scale, to construct the back-end systems for Hydra hosting.

“DuraSpace is excited to provide the infrastructure for this project,” said Debra Hanken Kurtz, DuraSpace CEO. “It aligns perfectly with our mission to steward the scholarly and cultural heritage records and make them accessible for current and future generations. We look forward to working with DPLA and Stanford to support their work and that of the community to ensure a robust and sustainable future for ‘Hydra-in-a-Box.’”

Over the project’s 30-month time frame, the partners will engage with libraries, archives, and museums nationwide, especially current and prospective DPLA hubs and the Hydra community, to systematically capture the needs for a next-generation, open source, digital repository. They will collaboratively extend the existing Hydra project codebase to build, bundle, and promote a feature-complete, robust digital repository that is easy to install, configure, and maintain—in short, a next-generation digital repository that will work for institutions large and small, and is capable of running as a hosted service. Finally, starting with DPLA’s own metadata aggregation services, the partners will work to ensure that these repositories have the necessary affordances to support networked aggregation, discovery, management and access to these resources, producing a shared, sustainable, nationwide platform.

“The Hydra Project has already demonstrated enormous traction and value as a best-in-class digital repository for institutions like Stanford,” said Tom Cramer, Chief Technology Strategist at the Stanford University Libraries. “And yet there is so much more to do. This grant will provide the means to rapidly accelerate Hydra’s rate of development and adoption–expanding its community, features and value all at once.”

To find out more about the Hydra-in-a-Box initiative contact Dan Cohen (dan@dp.la), Tom Cramer (tcramer@stanford.edu) or Debra Hanken Kurtz (dkurtz@duraspace.org). An information page is available here: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Hydra+in+a+Box.

About DPLA

The Digital Public Library of America (http://dp.la) strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since launching in April 2013, it has aggregated over 8.5 million items from over 1,700 institutions. The DPLA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.

About DuraSpace

DuraSpace (http://duraspace.org), an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with academic, scientific, cultural, and technology communities by supporting projects (DSpaceFedoraVIVO) and creating services (DuraCloudDSpaceDirectArchivesDirect) to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, “Committed to our digital future.”

About Stanford University Libraries

The Stanford University Libraries (http://library.stanford.edu) is internationally recognized as a leader among research libraries, and in leveraging digital technology to support scholarship in the age of information. It is a founder of both the Hydra Project and the Fedora 4 repository effort, and a leading institution in the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) (http://iiif.io).

About the Hydra Project

The Hydra Project (http://projecthydra.org) is both an open source community and a suite of software that provides a flexible and robust framework for managing, preserving, and providing access to digital assets. The project motto, “One body, many heads,” speaks to the flexibility provided by Hydra’s modern, modular architecture, and the power of combining a robust repository backend (the “body”) with flexible, tailored, user interfaces (“heads”). Co-designed and developed in concert with Fedora 4, the extensible, durable, and widely used repository software, the Hydra/Fedora stack is centerpiece of a thriving and rapidly expanding open source community poised to easy-to-implement solution.

Yale Library to Host Northeast Fedora User Group Meeting May 11 & 12

Northeast Fedora User Group Meeting
Location: Sterling Memorial Library, Lecture Hall, Yale University
Times: 9am – 4pm
Fee: Free to attend
Monday’s agenda is less structured with unconference style discussion with lightning rounds in the afternoon.
Tuesday’s agenda is structured to provide training on Fedora 4 and will be led by David Wilcox and Andrew Woods
Additional info can be found on the wiki:
Please register for the event here: