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"Happy Beta Release Day, Omeka S!!"

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Humanities, Open Source Software on November 3rd, 2016

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University has released "Happy Beta Release Day, Omeka S!!."

Here's an excerpt:

Omeka S is the next-generation, open source web-publishing platform that is fully integrated into the scholarly communications ecosystem and designed to serve the needs of medium to large institutional users who wish to launch, monitor, and upgrade many sites from a single installation.

Though Omeka S is a completely new software package, it shares the same goals and principles of Omeka Classic that users have come to love: a commitment to cost-effective deployment and design, an intuitive user interface, open access to data and resources, and interoperability through standardized data.

Created with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Omeka S is engineered to ease the burdens of administrators who want to make it possible for their end-user communities to easily build their own sites that showcase digital cultural heritage materials.

See also: Omeka S Beta Technical Specs.

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"Michigan Publishing Announces Beta Launch of New Publishing Platform, Fulcrum"

Posted in Open Source Software, Publishing on October 31st, 2016

Michigan Publishing has released "Michigan Publishing Announces Beta Launch of New Publishing Platform, Fulcrum."

Here's an excerpt:

In its beta phase, Fulcrum is focused on the presentation of digital source and supplemental materials that cannot be represented adequately in print form. Fulcrum allows for a richer experience and deeper understanding for the reader and enables authors to make better, multi-faceted arguments. The platform readily supports multimedia content, including playback for audio and video files and pan-zoom capability for high resolution images. All content is discoverable and preserved via durable URLs. Structured metadata and faceted search results also allow for further exploration of the materials.

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"OSS4EVA: Using Open-Source Tools to Fulfill Digital Preservation Requirements"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Source Software on October 26th, 2016

Marty Gengenbach et al. have published "OSS4EVA: Using Open-Source Tools to Fulfill Digital Preservation Requirements" in Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

This paper builds on the findings of a workshop held at the 2015 International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES), entitled, "Using Open-Source Tools to Fulfill Digital Preservation Requirements" (OSS4PRES hereafter). This day-long workshop brought together participants from across the library and archives community, including practitioners, proprietary vendors, and representatives from open-source projects. The resulting conversations were surprisingly revealing: while OSS' significance within the preservation landscape was made clear, participants noted that there are a number of roadblocks that discourage or altogether prevent its use in many organizations. Overcoming these challenges will be necessary to further widespread, sustainable OSS adoption within the digital preservation community. This article will mine the rich discussions that took place at OSS4PRES to (1) summarize the workshop's key themes and major points of debate, (2) provide a comprehensive analysis of the opportunities, gaps, and challenges that using OSS entails at a philosophical, institutional, and individual level, and (3) offer a tangible set of recommendations for future work designed to broaden community engagement and enhance the sustainability of open source initiatives, drawing on both participants' experience as well as additional research.

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"4.3 M Investment to Create a Canadian Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities and Social Sciences Research"

Posted in Digital Humanities, Grants, Open Source Software on September 21st, 2016

Érudit has released "4.3 M Investment to Create a Canadian Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities and Social Sciences Research."

Here's an excerpt:

With a total funding of 4.3 M, the project will be supported over 3 years by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Governments of Québec and Ontario, and several Canadian universities. . . This funding will enable the implementation of a national digital research infrastructure dedicated to production, aggregation, as well as the enhancement and online searching of essential data for humanities and social sciences research, published in French and in English. . . .

Built from √Črudit platform and editorial management software developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), this Cyberinfrastructure brings together national and international partners with key expertise in data science and innovative tools development based on principles of open source software.

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Public Knowledge Project: Report to the Community 2015/2016

Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software on September 15th, 2016

The Public Knowledge Project has released Report to the Community 2015/2016.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

Highlights include:

  • New grant awards from MacArthur, CIRA, and MediaX
  • Continued progress on Open Journal Systems 3.0
  • The release of Open Monograph Press 1.2
  • The integration of user experience design into our development workflow
  • Ongoing development and improvement of our XML parsing stack’s accuracy
  • Initiating the open access publishing cooperative study
  • Launching the new PKP Index and PKP LOCKSS Network
  • The 5th PKP Conference in Vancouver

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Open Library Foundation Launched

Posted in Libraries, Open Source Software on September 12th, 2016

The Open Library Foundation has been launched.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Open Library Foundation has been established to promote open source projects for libraries and to foster and support contribution, distribution, and sustainability of the benefits of these projects. . . . .

The foundation was inspired by the creation of the FOLIO project. FOLIO was announced in June and is now building a diverse community of libraries, vendors and software developers. The goal of FOLIO is to create an open source Library Services Platform that can power innovative approaches to current practice, and encourage new and expanded library services that more fully support scholarly inquiry and knowledge production. The Foundation's inaugural projects also include two existing open source communities, the Open Library Environment (OLE) and the Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb). . . .

The Open Library Foundation will make sure the code created from open source projects remains available and act as a "safe haven" for the projects' output-separated from the needs and goals of any contributor, user or affiliated party. The Open Library Foundation also will ensure that the code is freely available under an Apache v2 license.

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"TRY IT OUT: DSpace 6.0 Release Candidate #3 Available"

Posted in Digital Repositories, DSpace, DuraSpace, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on September 12th, 2016

DuraSpace has released "TRY IT OUT: DSpace 6.0 Release Candidate #3 Available."

Here's an excerpt:

The third release candidate of 6.0 is now available for download and testing. 6.0-RC3 (Release Candidate #3) is a pre-release of 6.0, and we hope that the 6.0 final release will follow closely in its footsteps. . . .

We believe the 6.0 release is nearly production-ready, but could use your help in verifying there's nothing we've overlooked.

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"OJS 3 is Here!"

Posted in Open Access, Open Source Software, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on September 2nd, 2016

The Public Knowledge Project has released "OJS 3 is Here!." OJS stands for Open Journal Systems.

Here's an excerpt:

This is the most comprehensive software upgrade since we moved from OJS 1.0 to 2.0 way back in 2005. It incorporates a decade of feedback from our users on the community forum, through usability testing, and through thousands of conversations, feature requests, and helpful critiques.

As we approach the milestone of having 10,000 journals actively using OJS as their publishing platform, we believe this new release will significantly enhance their productivity and ease of use, and provide a modern foundation for innovation in online publishing.

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"Deploying Islandora as a Digital Repository Platform: a Multifaceted Experience at the University of Denver Libraries"

Posted in Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software, Research Libraries on July 11th, 2016

Shea-Tinn Yeh et al. have published "Deploying Islandora as a Digital Repository Platform: a Multifaceted Experience at the University of Denver Libraries" in D-Lib Magazine.

Here's an excerpt:

The Library Technology Department at the University of Denver was tasked with implementing an Islandora open-source framework for its Special Collections Department because the current host was being retired. Although Islandora's front-end is tailored for librarians, its back-end is complex, and built upon many subsystems. A failure in any of the subsystems guarantees a domino effect and a chain reaction which can obfuscate the root cause of the issue. Though product documentation and support communication channels exist, many of the problems we faced were unique to our specific hardware and software configuration. The development team had to learn fast, and be innovative, agile, and systematic in order to work with such a complicated system. This article describes the tactics used in this repository development effort, as well as the library's stakeholder relationship management.

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"Fifty Shades of Open"

Posted in Open Access, Open Science, Open Source Software on May 3rd, 2016

Jeffrey Pomerantz and Robin Peek have published "Fifty Shades of Open" in First Monday.

Here's an excerpt:

Open source. Open access. Open society. Open knowledge. Open government. Even open food. The word "open" has been applied to a wide variety of words to create new terms, some of which make sense, and some not so much. This essay disambiguates the many meanings of the word "open" as it is used in a wide range of contexts.

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"Practical Digital Forensics at Accession for Born-Digital Institutional Records"

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Source Software on January 29th, 2016

Gregory Wiedeman has published "Practical Digital Forensics at Accession for Born-Digital Institutional Records" in Code4Lib Journal.

Here's an excerpt:

Archivists have developed a consensus that forensic disk imaging is the easiest and most effective way to preserve the authenticity and integrity of born-digital materials. Yet, disk imaging also has the potential to conflict with the needs of institutional archives – particularly those governed by public records laws. An alternative possibility is to systematically employ digital forensics tools during accession to acquire a limited amount of contextual metadata from filesystems. This paper will discuss the development of a desktop application that enables records creators to transfer digital records while employing basic digital forensics tools records' native computing environment to gather record-events from NTFS filesystems.

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Berkman Center Releases Amber, a Web Preservation Tool

Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Open Source Software on January 29th, 2016

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society has released Amber.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is pleased to release Amber, a free software tool for WordPress and Drupal that preserves content and prevents broken links. When installed on a blog or website, Amber can take a snapshot of the content of every linked page, ensuring that even if those pages are interfered with or blocked, the original content will be available.

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