From David Wilcox, DuraSpace From the United Kingdom to Quebec to Japan, Fedora was well-traveled in September.
Fedora and Samvera Camp
Held in Oxford, UK September 4-8. Attended by 24 people. Instructors included David and Andrew from DuraSpace, Mark Bussey and Bess Sadler from DCE, and Julie Allinson from the University of London. The Full agenda is on the wiki. Covered a mix of Fedora and Samvera topics. Fedora coverage included introductions to the project and community, hands-on with core features, and similarities/differences between Fedora and Samvera. Samvera topics focused on hands-on exercises installing and customizing Hyrax.
Feedback from attendees was positive. Most liked the mix of content, though some commented that they would have liked to have had more Fedora content. Next time we plan to send a survey in advance of the camp to better customize the curriculum based on attendee interests. We also had many productive conversations with participants, some of which resulted in a community proposal for the Oxford Common Filesystem. We are currently working with DCE to organize another camp for next year.
Research Data Alliance (RDA) 10th Plenary
The 10th Research Data Alliance Plenary Meeting took place September 19-21, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec. The meeting featured several group discussions relevant to Fedora, including the Research Data Repository Interoperability working group and the Repository Platforms for Research Data interest group. David Wilcox attended from DuraSpace attended and presented on Fedora, Samvera, and Islandora in the context of data repositories. The Fedora Import/Export Utility was also featured in discussions on repository interoperability with regard to BagIt packages. Common themes at the meeting included FAIR data principles, interoperability, and practical uses for data as exemplified in the keynote on Deep Learning for Data-Driven AI. The next meeting takes place March 21-23 in Berlin.
The 14th International Conference on Digital Preservation took place September 25-29 in Kyoto, Japan. David Wilcox attended from DuraSpace to present on Fedora and Data Migrations and to lead a Fedora workshop. The conference provided many opportunities to learn about institutional digital preservation practices, particularly in East and Southeast Asia. There were notable commonalities with the work of the Research Data Alliance as well, as evidenced by the keynote presentation on FAIR Data in Trustworthy Data Repositories by Ingrid Dillo. The next conference will take place September 24-28 in Boston, MA.