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Demo for Sprint 131

Avalon Sprint Demo 131 is now ready.

 

The demo video showcases organizational improvements to Avalon's playlist feature, including:

  • Pagination for multiple playlists
  • Playlist search bar

Watch the video here: https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/wp988j816

 

To view all demos, here's our Avalon collection: http://bit.ly/2apvrmd

 

Our waffle board#Avalon slack chat on the HydraPartners channel and our renewed commitment to shareable sprint demos are all measures to bring community insight and inspiration to the Avalon code and design.

 

Avalon Media System 6.1

Northwestern University and Indiana University are pleased to announce the release of Avalon Media System 6.1. This update to Avalon 6 includes a full migration path from Avalon 5 to Avalon 6, the ability to control Avalon’s embedded content player via JavaScript, and a variety of bug fixes.
 
Highlights include:

  • The full, production-ready release of the Avalon 5.x to Avalon 6 migration tool
  • Avalon Player API: control Avalon’s embedded player via client-side Javascript
  • Improved behavior for setting object leases and import of bibliographic metadata
  • Numerous bug fixes

For more information about the release, see our release notes on Github and the documentation on upgrading Avalon to release 6.1.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to email any member of the team, ask questions through the Avalon discussion list (subscribe at http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/connect) or the Samvera community lists, or ping us on the #avalon channel on the Samvera Slack team (https://wiki.duraspace.org/x/J4o2BQ).
 
Development of Avalon is supported in part by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Avalon

Avalon was mentioned in a recent blog post from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The post, titled "Enhancing Digital Collection Tools Through Collaboration," discusses the recent IMLS grant awarded to Avalon due in part to the project embracing "strategic collaboration." The progress made on Avalon is supported by a partnership between Northwestern University and the Indiana University Libraries.

 

Read the full post here: https://www.imls.gov/news-events/upnext-blog/2017/05/enhancing-digital-c...

 

Additionally, Northwestern Libraries featured Avalon in a news update, discussing the grant and the future development of the Avalon Media System.

 

Read the news update here: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/about/news/library-news/2017/imls-gr...

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Demo for Sprint 127

Avalon demo for sprint 127 is now ready for viewing.

 

The following features are highlighted in this Avalon demo:

  • Standalone IIIF-compliant media player
  • Migration from Avalon 5 to Avalon 6

Watch Demo 127 here: https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/xp68kg20b

 

To view all demos, here's our Avalon collection: http://bit.ly/2apvrmd

 

Our waffle board#Avalon slack chat on the HydraPartners channel and our renewed commitment to shareable sprint demos are all measures to bring community insight and inspiration to the Avalon code and design.

Demo for Sprint 126

The Avalon team's demo for sprint 126 is now available for viewing.

 

The following features are shown in our latest public demo video:

  • Michael Klein shows Avalon running in the cloud on Amazon Web Services.
  • Brian Keese demonstrates the Player API, allowing for control of Avalon's embedded player by simple javascript.
  • Chris Colvard demonstrates features of the Avalon 5 to Avalon 6 migration tool.

Watch Demo 126 here: https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/t722h880z

 

To view all demos, here's our Avalon collection: http://bit.ly/2apvrmd

 

Our waffle board#Avalon slack chat on the HydraPartners channel and our renewed commitment to shareable sprint demos are all measures to bring community insight and inspiration to the Avalon code and design.

 

 

 

Avalon Receives New IMLS Grant

We are pleased to announce that the libraries of Northwestern University and Indiana University have been awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support continued work on Avalon as part of a project titled Avalon Media System: Integrating audiovisual collections with research, digital preservation, and a sustainable developer community.

 

The aim of this two-year project is to increase adoption of Avalon within the library and archives community by enhancing the value proposition of Avalon and carrying out work to help ensure sustainability:

 

1.   Integrate Avalon within the Hydra community. We will adapt Avalon to make use of the current Hydra open source repository software stack and will engage members of the Hydra community in development through community sprints. We will also increase the modularity of Avalon so that its components can be more easily integrated into other Hydra-based repository systems, including Hydra-in-a-Box, to provide time-based media access.

2.   Implement a cloud-hosted Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) version of Avalon. We will work with Lyrasis and DuraSpace on the establishment of a hosted SaaS offering by conducting pilots to help provide cost modeling for Avalon as a cloud based service. 

3.   Connect Avalon to media preservation systems and workflows. We will connect Avalon to long-term digital preservation solutions and improve interoperability with workflow and management tools in order to provide a complete AV preservation and access platform, including work with Artefactual Systems to integrate Avalon with the Archivematica platform.

4.   Enable interoperability with scholarly tools. The Avalon technical team will take a leadership role with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) by contributing to the creation of the IIIF AV interoperability spec and providing a demonstration implementation. 

 

The functional enhancements to Avalon in the areas of preservation and interoperability with scholarly tools and the support for sustainability generated through SaaS implementation and greater development engagement within the Hydra community will improve the ability of libraries and archives to integrate robust AV media delivery into their digital collections practices and increase the AV collections available as part of the national digital library platform.

 

For more information, see the IMLS press release and IMLS grant summary.

 

Avalon Media System 6.0

We are pleased to announce the release of Avalon Media System 6.0 -- the first official release of Avalon running on Fedora 4. Over the last year, the teams at Indiana University and Northwestern University have worked to redevelop Avalon on Fedora 4 using the latest Hydra components. This release offers full-feature parity with Avalon 5.1. In addition, key areas of the application were retooled to improve performance of complex media objects with many sections.
 
Highlights include:
 
--Updated to use current releases of Hydra components
--New installation methods, including official images for Docker
--Preview version of Avalon 5.x to Avalon 6 migration tool (full migration tool release coming soon)
--Full-feature parity with 5.1
 
For more information about the release, see: https://github.com/avalonmediasystem/avalon/releases/tag/v6.0.0.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to email any member of the team, ask questions through the Avalon discussion list; Avalon-discuss-l@list.indiana.edu, or ping us on Slack.

Demo for Sprint 119

The Avalon team's demo for sprint 119 is now available for viewing.

 

This demo highlights the interface for Avalon 6.0's migration tool. Viewable within the application, this tool allows system administrators to view detailed information about the migration in an easy to read, hyperlinked table. Information displayed includes IDs for Fedora records and database items, successes and failure across object classes, and detailed information about items which have failed to migrate properly.

 

Watch here: 

Demo 119: https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/avalon:9759 

 

To view all demos, here's our Avalon collection: http://bit.ly/2apvrmd

 

Please note we will have an upcoming 5.1.5 release coming soon and 6.0 is on the near horizon. 

 

Our waffle board#Avalon slack chat on the HydraPartners channel and our renewed commitment to shareable sprint demos are all measures to bring community insight and inspiration to the Avalon code and design.

Demos for Sprints 115 & 117

 

 

The Avalon team's demo for sprints 115 & 117 are now available for viewing.

 

115’s demo highlights:

“Second Scrubber”

·      Extra view on track (or segment) level metadata for an item in Avalon.

·      Corresponds in time and length in offset.

·      Key feature for Variations migration.

 

“Avalon Wipeout”

·      Back-end tool for wiping out data on server side.

·      Not using active Fedora code to delete or destroy, going straight to Fedora and Solr and issuing delete commands directly including destroying all Fedora tombstones and PIDs that are deleted.

·      Goes to source, deletes everything quickly.

 

 

117’s demo – Enhancements/Bug Fixes for 5.1.5

·      Initial load is faster, switching between items is faster. (miliseconds)

·      Second scrubber user enhancements for cleaner navigation.

 

Watch here: 

Demo 115: https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/avalon:9708

Demo 117: https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/avalon:9735

 

 

To view all demos, here's our Avalon collection: http://bit.ly/2apvrmd

 

Please note we will have an upcoming 5.1.5 release coming soon and 6.0 is on the near horizon. 

 

Our waffle board, #Avalon slack chat on the HydraPartners channel and our renewed commitment to shareable sprint demos are all measures to bring community insight and inspiration to the Avalon code and design.

 

 

Avalon and Cultural Anthropology

 

This past May, the Society for Cultural Anthropology (SCA) was awarded a grant from the American Anthropological Association's Committee on the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing to create a sustainable infrastructure for the hosting and preservation of audio and video content published in Cultural Anthropology, and with that announcement came news of the SCA's vision to use Avalon as their streaming media content tool.  
 

In the Editors’ Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, 30.1 "Circles Not Pyramids," Dominic Boyer, James Faubion and Cymene Howe set up an important use case for Avalon and academic publishing. "Anthropologists have long discussed the desirability of multimedia ethnography, and innovative projects like Ethnographic Terminalia have given us tantalizing glimpses of what is now possible in installation-style formats. We believe that there is no better time than now to reimagine the traditional scholarly journal article, especially in fields like anthropology with its richly and variously sensuous research. With digital affordances we need no longer restrict ourselves to the conventions of the printed article, even as we respect their rationale. New ethnographic modalities are beckoning."
 
 
As Marcel LaFlamme, managing editor of Cultural Anthropology wrote in the announcement of the award, "The Cultural Anthropology website already uses commercial services like SoundCloud and Vimeo to embed audio and video content, but these services are minimally integrated with discovery tools central to scholarly communication, they are built on closed, rather than open-source software, and they have no particular commitment to the preservation of digital media as part of an enduring scholarly record. Therefore, Cultural Anthropology will become the first scholarly journal to integrate Avalon Media System, an open-source platform for managing and providing access to digital audio and video collections, into its publication workflows."  

 

Aside from the seamless integration for presentation purposes, SCA understands the important services Avalon provides them. "Given the strong interest in enhanced multimedia capabilities at many of our sister journals, the project is intended to serve as a proof-of-concept for a scalable approach to preserving and displaying multimedia content across the AAA [American Anthropological Association] portfolio."  

 

This month, the latest issue of Cultural Anthropology was released, with audio and video tracks embedded within the journal's articles, and the Indiana University (IU) Libraries have entered into an agreement with AAA to host Cultural Anthropology's media content in IU's production instance of Avalon, Media Collections Online. The new issue includes an editorial describing the origins of the Sound + Vision project, and all three Sound + Vision articles include some degree of integration with Avalon. Stefan Helmreich's "Gravity's Reverb: Listening to Space-Time, or Articulating the Sounds of Gravitational-Wave Detection," does so most extensively, while the other two articles link to media files hosted in Avalon by the IU Libraries in the PDF version.

 

The staff at Cultural Anthropology welcomes any feedback that you might have (or might come across as you share the issue within the Avalon community), so please let us know what you think!  

 

 

 

 

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