Booking for Hydra Connect 2015 open!

We are delighted to announce that booking for Hydra Connect 2015 is now open.  This year’s Connect takes place in Minneapolis, MN, from Monday September 21st to Thursday September 24th.  Details at https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Hydra+Connect+2015   It is intended to publish a draft program in the first week of July.

Hydra Connect meetings are intended to be the major annual event in the Hydra year.  Hydra advertises them with the slogan “as a Hydra Partner or user, if you can only make it to one Hydra meeting this academic year, this is the one to attend!”

The three-day meetings are preceded by an optional day of workshops.  The meeting proper is a mix of plenary sessions, lightning talks, show and tell sessions, and unconference breakouts.  The evenings are given over to a mix of conference-arranged activities and opportunities for private meetings over dinner and/or drinks!  The meeting program is aimed at existing users, managers and developers and at new folks who may be just “kicking the tires” on Hydra and who want to know more.

We hope to see you there!

 

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Hydra Connect 2015 – 21-24 September, Minneapolis: Request for Program Suggestions :: Reminder!

As you know detailed planning is now underway for an exciting program at Hydra Connect 2015 in Minneapolis this Fall. This post is a quick reminder for those of you who may still want to contribute program ideas; we especially welcome further ideas for items of particular interest to managers or to SysOps. Our thanks to the many people who have already contributed.

The program committee would love to hear from those of you who have suggestions for items that should be included. These might be workshops or demonstrations for the Monday, or they might be for 5, 10 or 20 minute presentations, discussion groups or another format you’d like to suggest during the conference proper. It may be that you will offer to facilitate or present the item yourself or it may be that you’d like the committee to commission the slot from someone else – you could maybe suggest a name. As in the past, we shall be attempting to serve the needs of attendees from a wide range of experience and background (potential adopters, new adopters, “old hands”; developers, managers, sysops etc) and, if it isn’t obvious, it may be helpful if you tell us who would be the target audience. Those of you going to Open Repositories 2015 might take the opportunity to talk to others about the possibility of joint workshops, presentations, etc.?

Please let us have your ideas, preferably before Monday 15th June, at hydra-connect@googlegroups.com or by adding them to the page at HC2015 suggestions for the program.

Advance warning that, as in past years, we shall ask all attendees who are working with Hydra to bring a poster for the popular “poster show and tell” session. This is a great opportunity to share with colleague Hydranauts what your institution is doing and to forge connections around the work. Details later…

FYI: we plan on opening booking in the next few days and we hope to see you in Minneapolis for what promises to be another great Hydra Connect meeting!

Best

Peter Binkley, Matt Critchlow, Karen Estlund, Erin Fahy and Anna Headley (the Hydra Connect 2015 Program Committee)

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Hydra Connect 2015 – 21-24 September, Minneapolis: Request for Program Suggestions

We’re delighted to be able to tell you that detailed planning is now underway for an exciting program at Hydra Connect 2015 in Minneapolis this Fall.  The program committee would love to hear from those of you who have suggestions for items that should be included.  These might be workshops or demonstrations for the Monday, or they might be for 5, 10 or 20 minute presentations, discussion groups or another format you’d like to suggest during the conference proper.  It may be that you will offer to facilitate or present the item yourself or it may be that you’d like the committee to commission the slot from someone else – you could maybe suggest a name.  As in the past, we shall be attempting to serve the needs of attendees from a wide range of experience and background (potential adopters, new adopters, “old hands”; developers, managers, sysops etc) and, if it isn’t obvious, it may be helpful if you tell us who would be the target audience. Those of you going to Open Repositories 2015 might take the opportunity to talk to others about the possibility of joint workshops, presentations, etc.?

Please let us have your ideas, preferably before Monday 15th June, at hydra-connect@googlegroups.com or by adding them to the page at HC2015 suggestions for the program.

Advance warning that, as in past years, we shall ask all attendees who are working with Hydra to bring a poster for the popular “poster show and tell” session.  This is a great opportunity to share with colleague Hydranauts what your institution is doing and to forge connections around the work.  Details later…

FYI: we plan on opening booking in the next ten days or so and we hope to see you in Minneapolis for what promises to be another great Hydra Connect meeting!

Best

Peter Binkley, Matt Critchlow, Karen Estlund, Erin Fahy and Anna Headley (the Hydra Connect 2015 Program Committee)

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ActiveFedora 8.1.0 released

We are pleased to announce the release of ActiveFedora 8.1.0.  This release:

– Patches casting behavior – see https://github.com/projecthydra/active_fedora/wiki/Patching-ActiveFedora-7.x-&-8.x-Casting-Behavior for detailed information on the problem.
– Fixes rsolr patch-level dependency introduced by 35189fc.

Details can be found at:  https://github.com/projecthydra/active_fedora/releases/tag/v8.1.0

Thanks, as always, to the team!

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OR2015 program announcement, registration reminder

Of interest to Hydranauts

OR2015 NEWS: Full Program Available; Early Registration Deadline Friday; Sign Up for Workshops

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that full program and schedule details for Open Repositories 2015, taking place in Indianapolis on June 8-11, are now available on the conference website at http://www.or2015.net/

The program for this 10th Open Repositories conference includes:

– keynote talks from Kaitlin Thaney of Mozilla Science Lab and Anurag Acharya of Google Scholar

– a mix of workshops, tutorials, papers, panels, 24×7 presentations, posters, and “repository rants and raves” addressing a wide variety of topics related to digital repositories and the roles they play in supporting open scholarship, open science, online cultural heritage, and research data

– a Developer Track that includes informal  presentations and demonstrations showcasing community expertise and progress

– interest group sessions focused on the open source DSpace, EPrints, and Fedora (including Hydra and Islandora) repository platforms

– an Ideas Challenge enabling small teams to collaborate on proposing new ideas for moving repositories forward (with prizes)

Coupled with a variety of social activities to help support networking with colleagues from across the globe, along with exhibit tables from conference sponsors, OR2015 should make for a rewarding experience for anyone working in the repositories space.

** Reminder: Discounted Early Registration Ends Friday, May 8 **

Online registration for OR2015 is open, and participants can save $50 by registering by this Friday, May 8. Special negotiated room rates are available at the conference hotel until May 16. For more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.or2015.net/

All conference participants, including those with accepted presentations, need to register in order to attend the conference.

** Sign Up for Workshops and Tutorials **

If you have already registered for OR2015 and are planning to participate in workshops or tutorials on the first day of the conference, Monday, June 8, please visit http://www.or2015.net/workshops to sign up for the sessions you plan to attend. Workshops and tutorials are included in the registration fee, but separate signup is required in order to guarantee a seat.

We look forward to seeing you at OR2015!

Holly Mercer, William Nixon, and Imma Subirats

OR2015 Program Co-Chairs

Jon Dunn, Beth Namachchivaya, Julie Speer, and Sarah Shreeves

OR2015 Conference Organizing Committee

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Save the dates: Trinity College Dublin to Host the 2016 11th International Conference on Open Repositories

Of interest to the Community:

April 27, 2015

Contact: http://www.or2015.net/contact-us/

Trinity College Dublin to Host the 2016 Eleventh International Conference on Open Repositories

The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Trinity College Dublin (The University of Dublin) are pleased to announce that the Eleventh International Conference on Open Repositories will be held at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, the week of June 13th 2016.

Founded in 1592, Trinity College Dublin, whose formal name is College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, is recognized internationally as Ireland’s premier university.

More information will be available at Open Repositories 2015 (#OR2015) to be held in Indianapolis June 8-11.

Reminder: Register for OR2015

Information on accepted paper, panel, and 24×7 sessions at Open Repositories 2015 is now available on the OR2015 conference website: http://www.or2015.net/. Online registration for OR2015 is open, and participants can save $50 by registering by May 8. Special negotiated room rates at the conference hotel are available until May 16. For more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.or2015.net/.

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Active Fedora 9.1.0 released

We’re pleased to announce the release of ActiveFedora 9.1.0 and 9.1.1.  9.1.0 has a number of new features and 9.1.1 was released when we found a small bug just after the release of 9.1.0.

New features:

The has_attributes() method was deprecated and replaced with property(). The property() method previously was used to declare only RDF properties, but now you can use it to declare properties that are delegated to an XML file too. Here’s an example:

class Book < ActiveFedora::Base
contains ‘descMetadata’, class_name: ‘CodexMetadata’
property :title, delegate_to: ‘descMetadata’, multiple: false
end

Additionally you can declare your indexing hints right in the model on the property, just like you would do for a RDF property:

property :title, delegate_to: ‘descMetadata’, multiple: false do |index|
index.as :stored_searchable
end

This release also contains many bug fixes including:

  • has_and_belongs_to_many associations finding inverse relationships
  • Finding the best model to instantiate when it is inherited
  • preventing models from loading into the wrong class
  • sorting of versions by date (rather than string)
  • many more!

See the full list here:

https://github.com/projecthydra/active_fedora/releases/tag/v9.1.0
Thanks, as ever, to those involved!

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OR2015 News

OR2015 NEWS: Preliminary Program Information Now Available; Remember to Register and Reserve Your Hotel Room

From the OR2015 Program Co-Chairs:

We are pleased to announce that information on accepted paper, panel, and 24×7 sessions at Open Repositories 2015 is now available on the OR2015 conference website: http://www.or2015.net/

Open Repositories 2015, taking place in Indianapolis on June 8-11, received an unprecedented number of proposals this year, with 240 proposals submitted across the conference and interest group tracks. This has also been the most selective Open Repositories, and only 38% of conference paper and panels were accepted in the main track. We have accepted 6 panels, 21 24×7’s (including Rants and Raves), 37 papers and 60 posters which will all give an exciting snapshot of work in the open repositories community.

The Program Committee would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of our reviewers who took time to review workshops, papers, panels, 24×7’s and posters. Please stay tuned for more information on the schedule and interest group presentations, which we will post later in April.

** Reminder: Register and reserve your hotel room **

Online registration for OR2015 is currently open, and participants can save $50 by registering by May 8. Special negotiated room rates at the conference hotel are available until May 16. For more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.or2015.net/

We look forward to seeing you at OR2015!

Holly Mercer, William Nixon, and Imma Subirats

OR2015 Program Co-Chairs

 

Jon Dunn, Beth Namachchivaya, Julie Speer, and Sarah Shreeves

OR2015 Conference Organizing Committee

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SAVE THE DATE: Hydra Connect 2015 – Monday, September 21st – Thursday, September 24th

Hydra today announced the dates for Hydra Connect 2015:

Hydra Connect 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Monday, September 21 – Thursday, September 24, 2015

Registration and lodging details will be available in early June 2015.

The four day event will be structured as follows:

  • Mon 9/21        – Workshops and leader facilitated training sessions
  • Tue 9/22          – Main Plenary Session
  • Wed 9/23        – Morning Plenary Session, Afternoon Un-conference breakout sessions
  • Thu 9/24  – All day Un-conference breakouts and workgroup sessions

We are also finalizing details for a poster session within the program and a conference dinner to be held on the one of the main conference evenings.

Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us this September!

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DPLA joins the Hydra Partners

We are delighted to announce that the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has become the latest formal Hydra Partner.  In their Letter of Intent Mark Matienzo, DPLA’s Director of Technology, writes of their “upcoming major Hydra project, generously funded by the IMLS, and in partnership with Stanford University and Duraspace, [which] focuses on developing an improved set of tools for content management, publishing, and aggregation for the network of DPLA Hubs. This, and other projects, will allow us to make contributions to other core components of the Hydra stack, including but not limited to Blacklight, ActiveTriples, and support for protocols like IIIF and ResourceSync. We are also interested in continuing to contribute our metadata expertise to the Hydra community to ensure interoperability across our communities.”

A warm welcome into the Partners for all our friends at the DPLA!

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