IMPORTANT change of Hydra email address

As of Sunday 13th July 2014 we shall be changing the name of the hydra-users mailing list to hydra-community@googlegroups.com.  The old hydra-users email address will cease to work. This change needs no action on your part unless you have an inbox rule looking for (say) “[hydra-users]” which will need changing to the new name.  User accounts and permissions will automatically carry forward to the renamed list. That said, you may wish to add the new hydra-community address to your contacts and/or safe senders lists.

This change is part of a strategy to allow new adopters of Hydra more involvement in the community.  Whilst the hydra-tech list does a good job of keeping developers in touch, the “managers” at adopting institutions which are not Hydra Partners are not so well served.  Once the open (as in “anyone may request to join”) hydra-community list is turned on we shall be encouraging non-technical discussions onto it in preference to the hydra-partners list.  The closed (Partner institutions only) hydra-partners list will be kept for such things as messages around security issues (prior to wider release) and for any Partner issues requiring a vote.

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Hydra Connect #2 announced – booking open

** Ahead of vacation time, please take note…**

We are delighted to announce that booking has opened for the second Hydra Connect meeting which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio this fall.  It will take place at Case Western Reserve University from Tuesday 30th September – Friday 3rd October 2014.  The booking site can be found at http://connect-cleveland2014.eventbrite.com

For folks who haven’t attended a Hydra meeting before, this is our annual opportunity to connect with other Hydra users, find out what Hydra is all about, and get involved; for established Hydranauts it is an opportunity to share experience with friends old and new, and to see what is going on across the Hydrasphere.  There will be plenty for new and prospective adopters of Hydra as well as for established users.

For full details, a preliminary schedule of events, and details for lodging options, please see the Hydra Connect event page on the Hydra wiki. Participants are resposible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. We have arranged a special event rate at the Courtyard Marriot adjacent to the university campus – see full detials on the event page.

As a Hydra Partner or user, if you can only make it to one Hydra meeting a this academic year, this is the one to attend!

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CALL for Expressions of Interest in Hosting the Annual Open Repositories Conference, 2016

*** Of interest to Hydranauts ***

The Open Repositories Steering Committee seeks Expressions of Interest from candidate host organizations for the 2016 Open Repositories Annual Conference. Proposals from all geographic areas will be given consideration.

Important dates

The Open Repositories Steering Committee is accepting Expressions of Interest to host the OR2016 conference until August 24th 2014. Shortlisted sites will be notified before the end of September 2014.

Background

Candidate institutions must have the ability to host a four-day conference of approximately 300-500 attendees (OR2014 held recently in Helsinki, Finland drew more than 450 people). This includes appropriate access to conference facilities, lodging, and transportation, as well as the ability to manage a range of supporting services (food services, internet services, and conference social events; conference web site; management of registration and online payments; etc.). The candidate institutions and their local arrangements committee must have the means to support the costs of producing the conference through attendee registration and independent fundraising. Fuller guidance is provided in the Open Repositories Conference Handbook on the Open Repositories wiki.

Expressions of Interest Guidelines

Organisations interested in proposing to host the OR2016 conference should follow the steps listed below:

1. Expressions of Interest (EoIs) must be received by August 24th, 2014. Please direct these EoIs and any enquiries to OR Steering Committee Chair Carol Minton Morris <cmmorris@duraspace.org>.

2.  As noted above, the Open Repositories wiki has a set of pages at Open Repositories Conference Handbook which offer guidelines for organizing an Open Repositories conference. Candidate institutions should pay particular attention to the pages listed at “Preparing a bid” before submitting an EoI.

3.  The EoI must include:

• the name of the institution (or institutions in the case of a joint bid)

• an email address as a first point of contact

• the proposed location for the conference venue with a brief paragraph describing the local amenities that would be available to delegates, including its proximity to a reasonably well-served airport

4. The OR Steering Committee will review proposals and may seek advice from additional reviewers.  Following the review, one or more institutions will be invited to submit a detailed proposal.

5.  Invitations to submit a detailed proposal will be issued before the end of September 2014; institutions whose interest will not be taken up will also be notified at that time. The invitations sent out will provide a timeline for submitting a formal proposal and details of additional information available to the shortlisted sites for help in the preparation of their bid. The OR Steering Committee will be happy to answer specific queries whilst proposals are being prepared.

About Open Repositories

Since 2006 Open Repositories has hosted an annual conference that brings together users and developers of open digital repository platforms. For further information about Open Repositories and links to past conference sites, please visit the OR home page: http://sites.tdl.org/openrepositories/.

Subscribe to announcements about Open Repositories conferences by joining the OR Google Group: http://groups.google.com/group/open-repositories.

Please feel free to reflect this call for Expressions of Interest out through your communities.

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Hydra-head 7.1.0 released

We are pleased to announce a new release of the Hydra-head gem – 7.1.0.

Essentially this release adds embargo and lease support.  Details of the change are documented at  https://github.com/projecthydra/hydra-head/wiki/Embargos-and-Leases and the release notes can be found at https://github.com/projecthydra/hydra-head/releases/tag/v7.1.0

Thanks to all involved for the work. The current versions of all Hydra gems can be accessed through https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Gems+and+documentation

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Registration Open for Fall Hydra Camp – August 26-29 – Princeton, NJ

The Fall Hydra Camp will be hosted by Princeton University Library.

Hydra Camp is a great place to bootstrap your Hydra developer skills, kick the tires if you’re considering adopting Hydra, and it’s a great place to learn about more general development and technical topics including:

  • Collaborative development on cross-instutional and open source projects
  • Using github for distributed source control, managing feature development, and release management
  • Principles of Test Driven Development including the differences between unit testing, feature testing, TDD, BDD, ATDD and other flavors of testing

The Camp will cover deploying Hydra to production environments and this will be our first Hydra Camp to offer a preview of Hydra running on Fedora 4.

Full registration details are available online at: https://hydracamp-princeton2014.eventbrite.com. We’re pleased to offer a $50 Early-Bird registration discount on all registrations made prior to July 15th, 2014.  More details about Hydra Camp and sample syllabi are available at http://curationexperts.com/who-we-are/about/hydra-camp/.

 

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Booking for Hydra Connect #2 now open!

We are delighted to announce that booking has opened for the second Hydra Connect meeting which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio this fall.  It will take place at Case Western Reserve University from Tuesday 30th September – Friday 3rd October 2014.  The booking site can be found at http://connect-cleveland2014.eventbrite.com

For folks who haven’t attended a Hydra meeting before, this is our annual opportunity to connect with other Hydra users, find out what Hydra is all about, and get involved; for established Hydranauts it is an opportunity to share experience with friends old and new, and to see what is going on across the Hydrasphere.  There will be plenty for new and prospective adopters of Hydra as well as for established users.

For full details, a preliminary schedule of events, and details for lodging options, please see the Hydra Connect event page on the Hydra wiki. Participants are resposible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. We have arranged a special event rate at the Courtyard Marriot adjacent to the university campus – see full detials on the event page.

As a Hydra Partner or user, if you can only make it to one Hydra meeting in the 04/05 year, this is the one to attend!

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NEWS RELEASE OR2014 Update: Scholarship Programme Recipients Selected

Of interest to Hydranauts going to Helsinki next week:

OR2014 Update: Scholarship Programme Recipients Selected

Helsinki, FI  Leading up to the kick-off of the Ninth International Conference on Open Repositories (#OR2014) next week, the Open Repositories Steering Committee is pleased to announce that recipients of the 2014 Open Repositories Pilot Scholarship Programme have been selected. The Pilot Scholarship Programme is providing financial support for three first-time delegates to attend this year’s conference in Helsinki, June 9-13. The recipients, who are from Estonia, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, were among a strong pool of applicants.

The Open Repositories Steering Committee instituted the Scholarship Programme to encourage participation by librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields, who might not otherwise have the resources to attend Open Repositories. The Scholarship Programme covers the cost of full registration, including the conference dinner. We look forward to welcoming the scholarship recipients, and all delegates, to Helsinki next week.

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OR2014 Updates: Developer Challenge and Workshop Registration

Of interest to many Hydra folk:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 29, 2014

OR2014 Updates: Developer Challenge and Workshop Registration

Helsinki, FI  Breaking news from the upcoming Open Repositories Conference June 9-13 includes a look at how to participate in this year’s Developer Challenge for software developers, and registration information for pre-conference Workshops, Tutorials and Meetings.

Developer Challenge

The goal of the Developer Challenge at Open Repositories is to provide growth opportunities for software developers who attend, and show support and appreciation by providing them with an event that is both fulfilling and also valuable for the Open Repositories community.

Read the full Developer Challenge description here.

The Developer Challenge showcases new and exciting technology ideas that have the potential to enhance the richness of a repository ecosystem. At this year’s conference Developer Challenge participants will:

Build or enhance a repository ecosystem, in line with this year’s conference themes that include:

  • Unconventional approaches to repository-like services
  • Interconnection between publishers and repositories
  • Researcher-centered design for scholarly workflows
  • Adaptations to support curation lifecycle management, e.g., for research data
  • Real-world scalability and performance stories: working at web-scale, with big data for global usage
  • Requirements for holding restricted or classified data in repositories
  • •Infrastructure to accommodate national and international mandates for data management and open access
  • Positioning repositories closer to (local, consortial, or cloud-based) cyberinfrastructure for data processing
  • Leveraging connections to external services including:
  • Remote identifier services (e.g., DOI, ORCID)
  • (Re-)using repository data/metadata in new and unexpected ways, including integrated discovery
  • Scholarly social media services, such as for annotation, review, comment, reputation, citation, and altmetrics
  • CRIS and research management systems
  • Digital preservation tools, services & infrastructure
  • Community and sustainability in an open world

Specific challenges/prizes will be offered by sponsors. Information about these challenges will be added here as they are available.

Come up with an idea, or, pick up one of the other ideas that someone has proposed and go for it if you are a developer. If you’re not a developer propose an idea anyway:

Developers will be encouraged to work on all the ideas. You can also join the team if you wish to help with documentation and presentation of the idea.

Registration for pre-conference Workshops, Tutorials and Meetings NOW OPEN

In addition to the Developer Challenge, the pre-conference sessions of Open Repositories 2014 will be held at the University of Helsinki main campus area and will include as many as 19 workshops, tutorials or meetings on a large variety of topics. It is important that you register for any of these events that you will attend. There are separate registration forms for the morning, afternoon and evening sessions below:

  • Registration form for morning sessions here.
  • Registration form for afternoon sessions here.
  • Registration form for evening sessions here.
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Workshop proposals for Connect 2 – a reminder!

*** Reminder!  Only 10 more days to submit workshop proposals ***

The second, annual Hydra Connect meeting will be taking place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio from Tuesday September 30th to Friday October 3rd, 2014. (Save the dates in your diary if you haven’t already!) The Tuesday will be an optional day of workshops whilst the meeting proper on Wednesday – Friday will be a mixture of plenary, poster/demo and breakout sessions.  Further preliminary details of Hydra Connect #2 can be found at Hydra Connect 2 – Fall 2014

Booking for the event will open in mid-June, at which point people will need to be able to make a decision whether to come for the workshop day; thus we need to have the workshops organized in the next few weeks. This email is an invitation for you to submit a workshop proposal; workshop slots of 1 hour, 2 hours, half day and full day will be available.

If you wish to offer a workshop, please send us an e-mail detailing:

  • the title of the proposed workshop
  • the name(s) and affiliation of the workshop leader(s)
  • the time slot required for the workshop
  • the maximum number of participants you feel comfortable with (subject to space being available)
  • the main learning outcome(s) planned (“When people leave the workshop they will know how to / be able to…”)

Proposals must be received by EOB Monday 26th May at hydra-connect@googlegroups.com. Successful proposals will be notified on or before Monday 2nd June.

Please feel free to forward this email to interested colleagues.

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Hydra at OR14

This may be of interest to those going to Open Repositories 2014 in Helsinki (9 – 13 June).  We’ve put together a list of all the Hydra-related workshops and talks that we know of (if you know we’ve missed one, please get in touch).  I think it’s fair to say that we’ll be well represented!  In addition to the formal content being given, Hydra folks will be manning a table in the circulation area of the conference.

If you’re still undecided about going, maybe this will sway you?

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