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DuraSpace Membership Newsletter
October 24, 2016

MESSAGE FROM THE CEO  (please review Debra)

This month we welcome Heather Greer Kline as our hosted services customer specialist, and bid a fond farewell to chief strategy officer Jonathan Markow who is retiring to resume a performing career as a jazz pianist.

In the third and fourth quarters our organization undertook strategic planning for the next 3-5 years with input from board, staff and community members. SWAT and PEST analyses helped us understand DuraSpace's organizational strengths, emerging opportunities, and where we can improve services to our community. I look forward to your feedback as the results of this work are shared widely over the coming months.

Some of our discussions have included looking into what DuraSpace's role might be in the growth and diversification of the digital scholarly ecosystem. It is clear that an expanding landscape of projects and initiatives will require various kinds of organizational support. DuraSpace is well-suited to play a role in this expansion by adding to the portfolio of mission-aligned partnerships and projects that we steward. We are developing a set of guidelines for potential projects, affiliates and partners who may wish to participate in DuraSpace, and who in turn aim to offer our community aspects of end-to-end solutions, services and technologies which acquire, analyze, organize, share, make discoverable, showcase and preserve scholarly information and data.

Anything about Avalon hosted service or other emerging services; HydraDirect??

Warmest regards,

Debra Hanken Kurtz


2016 Membership update (DONE)

Many thanks to our members who have already renewed their membership for 2016, and to those who have joined DuraSpace for the first time as new members. This is the final month of our 2016 campaign. We only have another $155,000 to raise to reach our annual goal. Here's where we are towards meeting targets by project:

Total: $1,098,750; 150 members; 88% of target

  • DSpace: $230,750; 85% of target
  • Fedora: $537,250; 93% of target
  • VIVO: $245,750; 76% of target
  • General: $85,000; 106% of target    


FEDORA  (please review David)

NYC Camp; Fedora 4.7.0 release candidate

The Fedora project continues to engage committers and new users by reaching out nationally and internationally  with workshops for beginners and those interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Fedora's unique strengths. Whether you are in interested in the deep or overview look at Fedora these upcoming events may be of interest:

Fedora 4.7.0 is now available as a release candidate–your feedback is welcome:  In addition the API Extension Architecture working group (API-X) is set to release a demonstration of the framework for a round of evaluation and feedback.  An overview and evaluation guide for this demo is in development with an initial skeleton available on the wiki: Please place your name as an evaluator on the page if you are interested in evaluating the demo when it is released to provide this valuable feedback.

DSPACE  (please review Jonathan)

DSpace 6.0 in the house; A look at DSpace in Finland

  • TK today
  • Insights into how DSpace is being used at the National Library of Finland to power more than 50 customer organizations which include 5 universities, 26 universities of applied science, state research institutes, all Finnish ministries and other public sector organizations in Finland. (

VIVO (please review Mike)

Save the dates for VIVO 2017; VIVO 1.9.1 is available; VIVO 1.10 Planning

 Stay tuned for more information about the the VIVO 2017 Conference which will be held August 2-5 in New York City at Weill Cornell.  Alex Viggio, will serve as the 2017 Conference Co-Chair, and Violeta Ilik will be the Program Co-chair. Consider joining the VIVO 2017 Conference Planning Task Force.

VIVO 1.9.1 has been released and is available here.  You will find the release notes here.  VIVO 1.9.1 is a minor maintenance release that addresses these issues:

  • Responsiveness of the Capability Map has been improved
  • Turtle support has been added to the filegraph loader
  • errors on profile pages have been fixed
  • Maven character set issues on Windows have been fixed
  • Maven now correctly sets Java 1.7 version
  • VIVO now uses the background RDFService correctly in the visualization cache

VIVO 1.10 is in the planning stages. Get involved with key community design issues such as user interface, internationalization, and technical documentation:


Welcome new customers, other?? (Bill or Kristi please add new customers)

While not supported directly by our members DuraSpace Hosted Services provide our community with cost effective, simple and direct solutions for high quality digital preservation services that include ArchivesDirectDSpaceDirect, and DuraCloud. To learn more about any of the hosted services DuraSpace offers, please visit their web sites or contact


Fedora Camp NYC

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