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Sun Webinar Series – creative commons

Friday, January 15, 2010 9:08 am

On Monday JP, Mary Beth, Tim, Kaeley, Lauren, Leslie, Molly and Erik attended a Sun Webinar on Open Scholarship. Greg Grossmeier talked about Creative Commons licenses. After an overview of various Creative Commons (CC) Licenses, Greg showed some interesting examples of uses of CC licenses (including Wikipedia, Google Advanced Search, and Flickr).

He referenced a recent Nine Inch Nails CD which was published using CC licenses and said that sales hit $1.6 million for a CD which could be downloaded for free. During the Q&A session he commented on the fact that Univ. of Michigan libraries publish all of their website content with a CC license.

More Sun Webinars are scheduled including a presentation by the Internet Archive and an overview of Fedora 3 and Dspace 1.6. More details to follow.

Sun Webinar – DuraCloud pilot project report

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:48 pm

Today Wanda, Barry, Molly (K), Leslie, JP, Tim, and Erik attended a webinar offered through Sun Microsystems on the DuraCloud system. The presentation included Michele Kimpton, Martin Kalfatovic, Barbara Taranto, and Peter Pinch who talked about their beta projects and included a short discussion on how libraries can participate in the DuraCloud pilot program.

The session began with an overview of the experience of the first stage pilot partners. The overview included a discussion of several providers including Amazon, Atmos, Rackspace. While the initial project is focusing on the nuts and bolts of building a cloud-based repository it is also including some interesting open source services include Djakota, Taxon-finder, and Kaltura. For example, Martin talked about the Biodiversity Heritage Library and their experience with the DuraCloud pilot. They were interested in the Taxon-finder service in particular with a focus on making taxonomic literature available. Barbara talked about how their perspective on the pilot included developing a cost comparison model, examine data transfer, management, and transfer. Barbara reported on the migration from the jpeg standard to djakota JPEG 2000 image files. Peter talked about the efforts of WGBH (which completely rocks in general) to digitize archives during the pilot project. The are experimenting with Kaltura player for streaming and are looking at preservation services.

In the late spring the DuraCloud project will be opened up for other libraries to participate. At the moment they are looking to launch a production service in Q3 2010. Initial pilot partnerships will focus on those running dspace/fedora right now. Many thanks to Barry for setting the webinar up in the screening room!

Sun Webinar series on digital libraries / DuraCloud

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 2:39 pm

On Wednesday, Barry, Jean-Paul, and Erik attended a Sun Webinar that focused on new advances in Dspace and Fedora. Both products have upcoming releases in the fall of 2009. Of note, the Dspace product (1.6) will have an integrated Embargo feature and will support batch metadata processing.

The Fedora presentation included a short overview of OSGi, a development framework which focuses on a modular service oriented architecture. Both presentations included references to DuraSpace, a new cloud based archiving service developed in conjunction with the duraspace community.

After the Sun webinar we spent a while learning more about DuraCloud in a separate webinar sponsored by the DuraSpace community. Michele Kimpton (CBO of DuraSpace) and Bill Branan (Senior developer for DuraSpace) presented on developments in DuraCloud.

DuraCloud uses cloud computing technology to provide hosted digital library services and replicated storage across multiple cloud systems. The presentation included a number of architecture images but one in particular did a good job showing how DuraCloud will provide services in a cloud environment.

The service will support archiving as well as instance hosting. Some of the initial services they are looking at providing include kultura, dpsace, fedora, taxon-finder, jhove, and lockss. Right now DuraCloud has two pilot partners but hopefully the service will be opened for more participants soon!

Webinars focus on Cloud computing, Insitutional Repositories, and Open Access

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 4:57 am

In September and October there will be three Sun Webinars that look at cloud computing and its role in institutional repositories. If you enjoyed reading about the Berkman Webinar then these are for you!

All sessions will be held in the Bridge Screening Room.


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