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Announcing Avalon 5.1

 

 

 

Release 5.1 is a feature improvements release.

  • Markers (labeled time offsets) available in Playlist items for annotation and navigation
  • Tools for institutions moving from Variations to Avalon  

     *Self-service import of Variations playlist files into Avalon playlist

     *Migration tools for system administrators to import user bookmarks in Variations to Avalon

  • Minor bug fixes

     *Apostrophes in media object titles causing load failures

     *Various smart phone page display tweaks

     *Improved error handling for uploading

 

Users of Avalon 5.0.1 and previous releases can take advantage of these new features by Upgrading to Avalon 5.1.

For more details on each of these new features, visit: What’s New in Avalon 5 wiki page or our github.    

Please feel free to try Avalon 5.1 on our public test server before installation.
     *Installation options include virtual machine image, manual installation, and puppet upgrade. 

More information on all available options can be found on the Avalon web site’s download page: http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/download

We welcome your feedback on Avalon 5.1 via the avalon-discuss-l discussion list.   Join the discussion list at http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/connect

 
 

 

 

 

Sprint 104: Markers, Variations Migration Tool, AWS mapping

The Avalon team's demo for sprint 104 is now available for viewing.

 

 

104 focused on:

·     Finishing new playlist features for 5.

·     Fedora 4 model investigations for Avalon 6.0 release.

·     Tool for Variations bookmarks to import into Avalon 5.  

·     Preparation for AWS pilot.

 

104’s demo highlights:

·     Markers (available ONLY within an Avalon playlist) are time points within an item you can name, and refer to visually on the media player.

·     Variations migrations tool: a configurable button to help Variations users move bookmarks into their instance of Avalon. 

·     First draft of diagram of Avalon in the cloud running on AWS.  

 

 

Watch the demo here: 

https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/avalon:9651

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

 

 

 

Please note our upcoming point release this week:

5.1 – improved 5.0 feature releases, specifically playlist features. 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Announcing Bug Fix Release 5.0.1

Announcing Avalon 5.0.1

 

Release 5.0.1 is a bug fix release. The following issues were resolved:

•  Inconsistencies in Avalon’s media player on some mobile device browsers

•  Captions intermittently failed to appear on the media player when enabled

•  Users would occasionally encounter error screens when searching

 

Users of Avalon 4.0 can take advantage of these new features by Upgrading to Avalon 5.0.1.

 

NOTE: Avalon Release 5.1 will be ready for download by the end of July.

This release will include feature improvements around playlist functionality. 

 

For more details on each of these new features, visit: What’s New in Avalon 5 wiki page. 

  

Please feel free to try Avalon 5.0.1 on our public test server http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/try-out-avalon before installation.

 

·  Installation options include virtual machine image, manual installation, and puppet upgrade. More information on all available options can be found on the Avalon web site’s Download page: http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/download

 

We welcome your feedback on Avalon 5.0.1 via the avalon-discuss-l discussion list.   Join the discussion list at http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/connect

 

Sprint 103: Markers for Playlists

The Avalon team's demo for sprint 103 is now available.

 

103 focused on:

·     Packaging bug release 5.0.1

·     Adding new play list features for 5.1, of note is our markers feature

·     Fedora 4 research for Avalon 6.0 release.

 

103’s demo is our new marker feature:

·     Markers allow users to add descriptions of moments in time to music tracks and videos within a playlist.

·     Key use cases are for finding specific solos or scenes in streaming media. 

·     Markers can be edited and deleted by users. 

 

Watch here:

https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/avalon:9646

 

To view all demos, here's our Avalon collection: https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/catalog?f%5Bcollection_ssim%5D%5B%5D=Avalon+Sprint+Demos&q=&search_field=all_fields

 

 

2 upcoming point releases:

 

5.0.1 – critical bug fixes (this week!)

5.1.0 – improved 5.0 feature releases, specifically playlist features. 

 

If you would like to check out the waffle board:

https://waffle.io/avalonmediasystem/avalon

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sprint 102

The Avalon team's demo for sprint 102 -- showing our new waffle.io board, walking through our current design for a playlist marker and demonstrating RuboCop in our development branch -- is now available: https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/media_objects/avalon:9641

 

 

To view all demos, here's our Avalon collection: https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/catalog?f%5Bcollection_ssim%5D%5B%5D=Avalon+Sprint+Demos&q=&search_field=all_fields

 

 

Note that in this demo we are also announcing 2 upcoming point releases:

 

5.0.1 – critical bug fixes

5.1.0 – improved 5.0 feature releases, specifically playlist features. 

 

If you would like to check out our new waffle board:

https://waffle.io/avalonmediasystem/avalon

 

Our waffle board, along with our #Avalon slack channel in Hydra AND our new RuboCop best practices are all measures to bring community insight and inspiration to the Avalon code and design.  

 

 

 

 

Announcing Avalon 5.0

Announcing Avalon 5.0

 

Indiana University and Northwestern University are pleased to announce Avalon Media System 5.0.

Release 5.0 adds the following capabilities:

 

·      Organization and Sharing Features

o   Create private or shareable Playlists

o   Add whole audio and video files or clips to playlists

·      Content Ingest API

o   A lightweight API for importing metadata and links to existing derivatives into Avalon.

·      Access control enhancements

o   IP based access control

o   “Date digitized” field for master files.

o   Grant access permission for items for set periods of time

·      More granular searching

o   Searching now includes section and structure labels

o   “Date digitized” provided as admin facet.

·      Accessibility phase 2

o   Support for ingesting/delivering captions in VTT and/or SRT files

o   Player shows captions when available

o   End user can toggle captioning on/off via player control - mouse and keyboard.

 

Users of Avalon 4.0 can take advantage of these new features by Upgrading Avalon 4.0 to Avalon 5.0.

 

For a more comprehensive list of changes, see the 5.0 release notes.

 

For more details on each of these new features, visit: What’s New in Avalon 5.0

Please feel free to try Avalon 5.0 on our public test server (http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/try-out-avalon) before installation.

 

 

•          Installation options include virtual machine image, manual installation, and puppet upgrade. More information on all available options can be found on the Avalon web site’s Download page: http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/download

 

We welcome your feedback on Avalon 5.0 via the avalon-discuss-l discussion list.   Join the discussion list at http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/connect

 

Best regards,

 

Jon Dunn

Evviva Weinraub

Avalon Media System Project Co-Directors

 

 

Community Development Assessment Update

In the past few months we have not only located ten media researchers at Northwestern University, but also conducted our first round of observations and interviews. With the diary study a few weeks underway as well, we wanted to share some of what we're learning so far about how academics use media in their research, and how Avalon could better serve their needs.

So far we have realized how screen grabs are important to many media researchers, as well as efficient ways to label and later search media files on their computer. Additionally, many of the academics we have worked with still rely on paper to take their notes, with none using in-player annotation tools. However, the in-player scrolling thumbnail has proved to be the most popular feature that researchers use. Across the board study participants put up with non-ideal conditions when working with media, because of the lack of extant and accurate historical content. The struggle is real, folks. As the study continues, we hope to learn more about how to better assist researchers in locating media and seamlessly using it for their research.

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Come See Avalon at OR 2016 - DUBLIN

We are packing our bags, dusting off the passports, putting the final touches on our PowerPoints and heading off to OR 2016!

We hope you'll come see us present if you're in Dublin next week.  

Here's where we'll be:

MONDAY, July 13 9:00am - 11:00pm · Location: Lloyd D 

Intro to Hydra and Making it Useful in Your Organization

Chris Awre2, Karen Estlund1, Ellen Ramsey3, Evviva Weinraub4

1Pennsylvania State University, United States of America; 2University of Hull, United Kingdom; 3University of Virginia, United States of America; 4Northwestern University, United States of America

This two-hour workshop will provide those new to Hydra or considering implementing Hydra with a base knowledge of the Hydra framework and community. The workshop will begin with a showcase and review of Hydra implementations and repository functions currently used in select instantiations. The workshop will also provide an overview of the Hydra framework demonstrating how different components fit together, how the community structure supports and furthers Hydra as a whole, and examples of outcomes from the working and interest groups. During the second half of the session, participants will split into two tracks: Service Management and Project Management. The Service Management group will identify shared key performance indicators for a Hydra implementation and design ways to share data across institutions. The Project Management group will map out a development roadmap for a feature or customization to demonstrate a sample process for one’s local Hydra implementation. The workshop will conclude with a question and answer session where participants will share concerns and map out problems and challenges brainstorming solutions and paths forward.

 

TUESDAY, July 14, 4:00pm-5:30pm · Location: Maxwell Theatre

Researching Researchers: Avalon Media System's Ethnographic Study of Media Repository Usage

Deborah I. Cane, Carolyn Caizzi

Northwestern University Libraries, United States of America

The Avalon Media System is an open source system, developed by the libraries at Indiana University Bloomington and Northwestern University, for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video. The freely available system enables libraries and archives to easily curate, distribute and provide online access to their collections for purposes of teaching, learning and research. The Avalon community is made up of a dozen educational, media and open-technology institutions and the project is funded in part by a two-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

With the use of the Mellon grant, we have designed, developed and are currently conducting a study of scholarly use of audio and video collections by researchers over multiple disciplines within the Humanities. Our methodology for the study is seated in ethnographic inquiry and user experience modeling, and we will use these results internally to guide future feature prioritization for Avalon.

The study is being conducted with three different kinds of data collection:

1. Environmental Observation

2. Interviews based on observations

3. Diary Study

Avalon team members will present early findings, themes, potential user stories, and a current assessment of our ethnographic study focusing on process, product and participation.

 

THURSDAY, July 16 11:00am-12:30pm · Location: CA 1

Avalon at a Crossroads: From Collaboration to Community

Jon W. Dunn1, Evviva Weinraub2

1Indiana University, United States of America; 2Northwestern University, United States of America

Avalon Media System is an open source software system, originally developed by the libraries at Indiana University and Northwestern University, for managing and providing online access to large collections of digital audio and video for purposes of teaching, learning and research. Avalon was initially released in 2013, and as of early 2016, there are at least six adopters of Avalon but no consistent pathway for adopters to contribute financial or development resources to the project.

In 2015, we were awarded a grant from the Mellon Foundation to create a long-term sustainability plan that includes better integration with the Hydra community, a strategy to increase adoption, and a pilot of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering in addition to its current locally-installed model.

This presentation will provide an outline of Avalon’s path forward and how it corresponds with directions of the Hydra and Fedora communities. We are radically changing our development strategy as we move forward, and we will discuss our strategic initiatives and outline new areas of exploration and development. Additionally, we will talk about the advantages and disadvantages we have seen in our partnership model and how we plan to evolve that model as we move forward with Avalon’s development.

 

HydraDAM2: Repository Challenges and Solutions for Large Media Files

Karen Cariani1, Jon W. Dunn2

1WGBH Educational Foundation, United States of America; 2Indiana University, United States of America

Indiana University and WGBH are jointly developing a preservation-focused digital repository system for audio and video, known as HydraDAM 2, using the Hydra technology stack and Fedora 4 repository platform. It is well known that media preservation files can be very large, have complex structure, and require significant processing to enhance access.

Although Fedora 4 is designed to be more capable of storing large files directly within the repository, there are still reasons to consider storing the preservation files outside the repository with pointers to the actual storage locations. HydraDAM 2 is being designed to support two different storage models: one that stores media files in the repository (potentially via an integrated hierarchical storage management system) and one that stores files offline, with only pointers and metadata in the repository.

In this presentation, we will discuss the architecture and design of HydraDAM 2, briefly demonstrate the system as developed to date, and walk through the workflow process. We will also discuss our roadmap for future development.

 

We will of course be at lots of other events, learning and live tweeting!  

Find us! Chat with us!  

 

 

 

 

 

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Avalon Fedora 3 to Fedora 4

We've been working on a proof of concept for Fedora 3 to Fedora 4. 

 

Which of course is not to say we suddenly have an upgrade path from 3 to 4, complete with PCDM thrown in to boot, but we did want to test the feasibility of the fedora-migrate gem. 

For the test we're sticking to migrating over datastreams and a Fedora 3 model.

 

We've built up a hydra-works app​ that lets you fire up a Hydra app on your own laptop (or a dev server) and run a test migration.  I'd draw everyone's attention to the Know Bugs part of the ReadMe.  This isn't intended to be a definitive test, just get us to a point where we have an idea of what is involved and give our metadata librarians a sample Fedora 4 repo to poke around in.

 

We thought this might be of interest to other folks who currently have Fedora 3 repos or otherwise have played with F3 to F4 migrations.  

 

Let us know what you think.

Friday Round-Up: March 25, 2016

We find the repository news, you sit back and enjoy...

 

Breaking! Wonderful projects are being put online! Gale Launches a New Digital LGBTQ History Archive,

http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/03/22/gale_s_lgbtq_archive_of_human_sexuality_and_identity_is_a_historical_game.html

 

And the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) posts 65,000 works of art online http://mentalfloss.com/article/77326/museum-modern-art-posts-65000-works-art-online

 

If you’re in need of a TV binge, that has a definite limit, check out DailyMotion’s Archive of Unsold and Unaired TV Pilots

http://www.avclub.com/article/dailymotion-has-vast-archive-unsold-and-unaired-tv-234081

 

If you’re feeling more whimsical as you head into the weekend, try your hand at being Miyazaki - Animation Software for Studio Ghibli is now free! http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/free-studio-ghibli-animation-software

 

Finally, fly on over to this inventive library for birds

http://hyperallergic.com/283180/cage-aux-folios-mark-dion-makes-a-library-for-birds/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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