UC Berkeley Media Vault Program Progress Report

The University of California, Berkeley's Media Vault Program has posted a progress report.

Here's an excerpt:

Media Vault Program partners offer a number of specialized tools to help campus researchers manage their materials. These include:

  • WebGenDL (UCB Library Systems) — the library's internal system for managing, creating, preserving and discovering digital library content. These tools are aimed primarily at mature, publishable sets of materials, rather than the broader context of research data
  • UC3 Curation Micro-services — a set of low barrier tools for full lifecycle enrichment of objects (e.g., identity, fixity, replication, annotation). The first few will be rolled out publicly in January 2010. These are presented not as a user interface, but rather as behind-the-scenes services
  • Sakai 3 — the next-generation version of the platform that powers the Berkeley campus's bSpace application. Due in 2011, Sakai 3 will include a range of social tools to help users extend and disseminate their materials

To augment these services, and to handle use cases beyond their scope, the MVP team examined a number of potential platforms. . . .

Of these candidates, Alfresco stands out as the most functional, out-of-the-box solution. With a little customization, it can be readied for user testing. Therefore, the MVP team has selected it as the basis of its next round of discussions with stakeholders, partners and prospective users.

Read more about Alfresco at the AlfrescoWiki.

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