Library Technology Guides

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August 29, 2018

DuraSpace. IMLS Funds DuraSpace Fedora Investigation–Designing a Migration Path: Assessing Barriers of Upgrading to the Most Current Version of Fedora–No Collection Left Behind. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded DuraSpace a National Digital Platform Planning Grant for $49,279 to investigate barriers to upgrading hundreds of U.S.-based libraries and archives running unsupported versions of Fedora. In consultation with stakeholders this project will conduct an environmental scan of relevant community initiatives, and gather primary research data to inform recommendations to reduce barriers to upgrading to the most current version of Fedora. [Full Announcement].

May 25, 2018

DuraSpace. Debra Hanken Kurtz, DuraSpace CEO, to join Arizona State University as Associate University Librarian. Debra Hanken Kurtz will leave her post as CEO at DuraSpace to serve as the Associate University Librarian for Technology Services at Arizona State University Library. As of June 1, Erin Tripp, Business Development Manager at DuraSpace, will serve as the Interim Chief Executive Officer. Valorie Hollister, DuraSpace Director of Membership and Finance, and Bill Branan, Duraspace Services Technical Director, will assist Ms. Tripp with the transition. [Full Announcement].

May 3, 2018

DuraSpace. Strengthening ties between DuraSpace and the Islandora Foundation. DuraSpace is pleased to announce a new formal working relationship with the Islandora Foundation, a Canadian non-profit that fosters the Islandora repository community and codebase. [Full Announcement].

February 21, 2018

DuraSpace. CDL and DuraSpace launch open community outreach initiative for ARK identifiers. California Digital Library and DuraSpace are pleased to announce a collaboration aimed at building an open, international community around Archival Resource Keys and their use as persistent identifiers in the open scholarly ecosystem. [Full Announcement].

January 18, 2018

DuraSpace. DuraSpace Board of Directors Changes Leadership. After serving for several years on the Board, and for three years on the Executive Group, Laura Wood, Associate University Librarian for Research and Education at Harvard Library, is stepping down from her post as Board President. To fill this vacancy the Board has approved the following slate: Tyler Walters, Dean, University Libraries and Professor, Virginia Tech, will serve as President, Tom Cramer, Assistant University Librarian and Director, Digital Library Systems & Services Chief Technology Strategist Stanford University Libraries, and Heather Joseph, Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), will remain in their current positions as Vice President and Secretary, respectively, and Rob Cartolano, Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology Services for Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, will serve as Treasurer to fill the position vacated by Tyler. Laura will remain on the Board through the spring. [Full Announcement].

October 3, 2017

DuraSpace. DuraSpace invites the community to nominate the next Board-Member-at-Large. We invite anyone in our community, DuraSpace members or non-members, to nominate an individual who you believe would be a good representative for the community to serve as the DuraSpace Board-Member-at-Large. All nominees must be from DuraSpace member organizations (see full list here) and Board-Member-at-Large candidates should be at the senior management level at their organizations, having fiscal and staffing responsibility. And of course, they will, in your judgment, be able to bring the commitment, creativity, and dedication that the role calls for. Self-nominations are welcome and you may submit more than one nomination. [Full Announcement].

September 6, 2016

DuraSpace. TRAC certified long-term digital preservation-DuraCloud + Chronopolis. In collaboration with the University of California at San Diego's Chronopolis service, DuraSpace is pleased to announce the availability of the DuraCloud Enterprise Chronopolis subscription plan. [Full Announcement].

June 29, 2016

DuraSpace. DuraSpace announces Jonathan Markow’s retirement. The DuraSpace organization today announced Jonathan Markow’s retirement from his position as Chief Strategy Officer for DuraSpace, effective November, 2016. [Full Announcement].

January 27, 2016

Lyrasis LYRASIS and DuraSpace Boards approve intent to merge and seek member input. The Boards of LYRASIS and DuraSpace, two leading member-based non-profit organizations serving libraries, archives, museums, as well as the broader scholarly, cultural heritage and technology communities, have unanimously approved an "Intent to Merge". LYRASIS, which serves more than 4000 members and partner organizations by delivering e-resources, strategic licensing, training and digital technology resources, and DuraSpace, a leader in the development and deployment of open source technologies and services that promote durable access and discovery of digital data, will begin next steps to determine the feasibility of a combined organization. These next steps will include a deeper assessment of the individual organizations and how they might partner effectively, seeking community feedback on the proposal during a public phase of the due diligence investigation. [Full Announcement].

April 14, 2015

DuraSpace. Far-reaching Hydra-in-a-Box joint initiative funded by IMLS. The Digital Public Library of America, Stanford University, and the DuraSpace organization announced that their joint initiative has been awarded a $2M National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 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. [Full Announcement].

January 20, 2015

DuraSpace. Debra Hanken Kurtz Appointed DuraSpace CEO. The DuraSpace Board of Directors has chosen Debra Hanken Kurtz to serve as the new CEO for the Organization. Kurtz is currently the Executive Director of the Texas Digital Library. She will begin in her new role on February 16, 2015 and establish an office in Austin, Texas to manage DuraSpace business operations. [Full Announcement].

October 27, 2014

DuraSpace. New Open Source Preservation Solution—Run Archivematica 1.3.0 Locally or in DuraCloud. Artefactual has announced the release of Archivematica 1.3.0 with full DuraCloud integration. Archivematica is an open source digital preservation system with a web-based dashboard for ingesting digital holdings and generating Archival Information Packages (AIPs). DuraCloud is an open source cloud­-based archiving and preservation service platform that manages and preserves digital objects in secure, replicated storage. Archivematica 1.3.0 now features the ability to configure the storage option to deposit AIPs into DuraCloud archival cloud storage via the web-based dashboard. Institutions and organizations may now choose to implement the Archivematica open source preservation stack in-house, or to take advantage of the DuraCloud hosted service for long-term secure archival storage directly from their hosted Archivematica dashboard. [Full Announcement].

April 17, 2014

DuraSpace. Layne Johnson is the New VIVO Project Director. The DuraSpace organization announced that Dr. Layne Johnson has accepted a position with DuraSpace as the project director for the VIVO project effective May 1, 2014. In his role as VIVO project director, Layne will work closely with the community and steering group to set the vision and long term roadmap for VIVO, the open source semantic web platform that enables research discovery. [Full Announcement].

September 27, 2012

DuraSpace. Dell and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign create preservation archive with open source Fedora repository software. Working with Dell, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created a new digital archive for its university system that simplifies how it manages digital assets, including rare books and faculty intellectual property output such as research documents, papers and lectures — content typically produced in multiple digital formats. The new archive reduces storage costs and streamlines the management, retention and protection of scholarly works through a solution based on the Dell DX Object Storage Platform and DuraSpace Open Source Fedora Commons Repository Software. Critical for the university was the ability to meet today’s needs and to scale efficiently over time as digital content evolves and grows. [Full Announcement].

September 18, 2012

DuraSpace. DuraSpace and San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) partner to provide cost-effective cloud storage/preservation services. The DuraSpace organization and the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, announced that DuraCloud and SDSC's cloud storage services have been fully integrated to provide additional preservation services and storage for researchers, students, academics, and industry users. [Full Announcement].

July 25, 2012

DuraSpace. VIVO to Join DuraSpace Organization Incubator Initiative. VIVO Project leaders and the DuraSpace organization announced today the intention for VIVO to join DuraSpace as an Incubator project, the first step towards establishing the VIVO project as part of a sustainable 501(c)(3) organization. DuraSpace leads the development and improvement of open technologies that provide long-term, durable access to digital assets and is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit born from a vision to help save our shared scholarly, scientific and cultural record. DuraSpace will provide VIVO with infrastructure and guidance to continue support for a diverse array of project efforts while continuing to develop the core VIVO software and expand the VIVO community. [Full Announcement].

May 1, 2012

DuraSpace. New DuraCloud digital preservation and archiving services. The DuraSpace organization announced new DuraCloud subscription plans that offer three levels of cost effective digital preservation and archiving services in the cloud. Prices for the new subscription plans are competitive with commercial cloud providers and do not require additional transfer or variable costs. [Full Announcement].

April 22, 2012

DuraSpace. DuraSpace offers DuraCloud access to Internet2 members. DuraSpace and Internet2 announced that Internet2 members now have automatic access to DuraCloud, a trusted service for archiving and managing content in the cloud featuring one-click creation of many copies, in multiple locations with several providers. [Full Announcement].

January 5, 2012

DuraSpace. DuraCloud 1.3 now available. The newest DuraCloud release provides fine-grained access control over your content in the cloud with significant user administration improvements. [Full Announcement].

November 1, 2011

DuraSpace. DuraSpace launches open-source cloud service. DuraSpace, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the world’s scholarly, scientific and cultural records, today announced the launch of its managed cloud service, DuraCloud. As the only managed software service that lets organizations archive content across more than one cloud provider, DuraCloud ensures that irreplaceable documents, imagery and videos are always accessible. A number of the country’s most prestigious institutions including MIT, Columbia University, Northwestern University, and Rice University have signed up to use the managed cloud service to preserve digital resources. [Full Announcement].

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