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Avalon Partnership Update

 
 
 
 
Community colleagues,
 
After 9 years, thousands of standup meetings, copious emails and Slack messages, hundreds of thousands of lines of code, countless updates, and 6 (soon to be 7) major releases, Northwestern University Libraries will be stepping back from its formal partnership with Indiana University Libraries as co-developer of Avalon Media System as of early 2020 which will coincide with the planned full release of Avalon 7.  
 
Over the last 4 years, Northwestern and Indiana have been working on making Avalon a more flexible system that would allow for greater external development – moving the project from being owned entirely by two institutions to being supported by a larger community. With our most recent IMLS grant, Chris Colvard and Ryan Steans have made tremendous inroads into the Samvera community and have built out development and user partnerships that indicate the maturity of our products and relationships.
 
Northwestern will not be walking away from Avalon or our community. Northwestern is committed to the Samvera and Avalon community and will continue to work on shared sprints and will continue to run Avalon locally. Once Avalon 7 launches, however, Indiana University will take over institutional ownership of the product. The Indiana University Libraries remain committed to developing and supporting Avalon going forward, with continued commitment of developers, product owner, and subject matter experts working on Avalon, in concert with contributions from others in the Avalon and Samvera communities.
 
On behalf of all of us on the Avalon team: it has been a tremendous opportunity to work on this project together. Having the ability to work with a tightly integrated team across institutional borders has been exciting, illuminating, occasionally frustrating, but ultimately exceedingly rewarding. All of us have valued the relationships and opportunities that have come from this collaboration, and we look forward to continuing to work together, in a slightly different form, moving forward. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. We’re happy to chat. 
 
Evviva Weinraub & Jon Dunn
Co-Project Directors – Avalon Media System
 
 
 

Avalon 6.4.5 Now Available!

Avalon has released 6.4.5.  This is a minor release with changes intended to address security vulnerabilities with Rails and dependencies.

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Avalon Forum - March 2019

Avalon & Open Journal System/ Avalon Timeliner Tool

 

Researcher Marcel LaFlamme will discuss how the scholarly journal "Cultural Anthropology" utilizes Avalon to supplement and support written content with audio and video, sharing ideas how Avalon can bring new life to your scholarly publications.

 

Avalon has been working with Digirati toward the development of the Timeliner tool.  This feature will enable folks to create a visual representation of audio files.  Examples of use cases include music faculty who wish to show learners how music is broken down into components and parts via visualization on the timeline of an audio file.



Avalon Forum - March 13th at 4:00 Eastern/ 1:00 Pacific

 

Join us on March 13th, 4:00 Eastern/ 1:00 PM Pacific

 

TOPICS:

  • Using Avalon with a journal: Cultural Anthropology (Marcel LaFlamme)
  • First Look at the Timeliner Tool: Visualizing Music in a Linear Fashion (Maria Whitaker)

To connect to the Avalon Forum during a live event, click here.  

 

 

Researcher Marcel LaFlamme will discuss how the scholarly journal "Cultural Anthropology" utilizes Avalon to supplement and support written content with audio and video, sharing ideas how Avalon can bring new life to your scholarly publications.

 

Avalon has been working with Digirati toward the development of the Timeliner tool.  This feature will enable folks to create a visual representation of audio files.  Examples of use cases include music faculty who wish to show learners how music is broken down into components and parts via visualization on the timeline of an audio file.

 

As always, we'll be live and we hope you can join us to learn more and ask plenty of questions.  If you can't make it, we'll be placing the video online at the Avalon Forum Tab which links to our Avalon Demo site.

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Avalon Forum for February 2019 Now Available!

We held our Avalon Forum for February on the 13th.  As always, we’re making the recording available via Avalon Media System.

 

We invite you to view the February Forum which covers the following:

 

  • University of Houston and Avalon - Emily Vinson, Audiovisual Archivist
  • Structural Metadata Editor - Jon Cameron, Dananji Withana - Indiana Univ./ Adam Arling - Northwestern Univ.

 

And, as always, I do a bit of housekeeping.

 

You can learn more about the Forum or watch prior Avalon Forum sessions on the Avalon Forum page

 

Avalon February Forum - 02/13

Avalon Media System will hold our February Forum on 02/13/2019 at 4:00 PM Easter/ 1:00 Pacific

 

The Forum is a 30 minute webinar in which we discuss the latest at Avalon, invite our colleagues to discuss what’s going on locally with their installation, and provide a development update.

 

This month we’re featuring:

  • University of Houston and Avalon - Emily Vinson, Audiovisual Archivist
  • Structural Metadata Editor - Jon Cameron, Dananji Withana - Indiana Univ./ Adam Arling - Northwestern Univ.

 

Emily will share details of how Avalon is implemented at UH, their use cases and how they’d like to develop their use of Avalon. 

Our Avalon team members will talk about the new Structural Metadata Editor, which will enable users to create navigation within any Avalon media.

And, of course, we’ll have some housekeeping announcements and open the floor for questions and queries.

 

To connect to the Avalon Forum during a live event, click here.  

 

To view prior Avalon Forum recordings (via Avalon!), click here.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Avalon Forum! 

 

January Forum now available! How to Join the Avalon Community!

On January 15th, Avalon Community Manager, Ryan Steans, invited Avalon users, those curious about Avalon and beyond, to join in and think about Avalon not just as an open source resource, but as a community.

 

This 30 minute presentation covered a wide number of issues from how to first engage to how to participate in development.

 

Topics include:  

  • So, you want to check out Avalon? – what folks new to Avalon can do to try the technology
  • Let’s Talk! – Avalon Slack and Avalon List Serves
  • Online and In Person – Avalon Office Hours and Avalon Forum
  • One of Us! –  How you can assist in Avalon development
  • What we’re doing in the coming year – training modules, co-development and more!

To view the video:  click here

To view the slide deck from this presentation:  click here

To learn more about the Avalon Forum and to view prior forum presentations:  click here

 

For more information or any questions, email me at:  http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/contact

Avalon Forum - December 12, 2018 at 4:00 Eastern!

Join us on December 12th at 4:00, Eastern! (1:00 Pacific)

 

Topics will include:  

  • Upgrade of Avalon at Univ. of Virginia with Mike Durbin
  • Development efforts in batch upload with Avalon and WGBH with Sadie Roosa and Chris Colvard

You can learn more about the upcoming Forum under: Events or The Forum Link.  

 

To connect to the Avalon Forum during a live event, click here.  

 

IU Libraries receives $1.2 million grant to develop ability to search digitized files

Indiana University has received a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in conjunction with New York Public Library, University of Texas at Austin and information management consultant AVP in order to develop a scalable Audiovisual Metadata Platform, known as AMP, to generate searchable time-stamped descriptions for audiovisual content.  

Read more at the Indiana University website.

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