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Sprint 65 – January 9, 2015

We had another four-week sprint due to the holiday season. In this sprint we squashed a few last minute bugs and we spent some time upgrading our demo server and our local systems to the latest release 3.2, which was announced during the last sprint. We also started work on new and exciting features for our next release including importing bibliographic information from an external system. 

 

Though we did not record this past demo, you can see the stories we completed below: 

  • VOV-3169 – I want to upgrade to 3.2
  • VOV-3262 – I want to see 3.2 on pawpaw
  • VOV-3266 – [IU] I want to make sure IU's Avalon branding looks good on 3.2
  • VOV-3269 – [IU] I want the IJCCR server updated to 3.2
  • VOV-1639 – When adding one item, I want to pull in bibliographic info for the new item from our OPAC

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Avalon 3.2 Now Available

We are delighted to announce Avalon Media System 3.2, completed and released on December 19, 2014. As part of a series of minor 3.0 releases, Avalon 3.2 provides support for important content management efficiencies and other improvements.

 

Release 3.2 adds the following capabilities:

  • New metadata fields, including Bibliographic ID, Language, Physical Description, Related Item, and Terms of Use
  • Bulk item management actions, including publish, un-publish, change collection, delete, and assign access
  • Avalon dropbox subdirectories are accessible to collection managers using the web interface
  • Upgrade to Hydra 7
  • Numerous interface improvements and bug fixes

For more details on each of these new features, visit the What’s New in Avalon 3.2 wiki page

 

We welcome you to try out Avalon 3.2 on our public test server (https://pawpaw.dlib.indiana.edu/) before installation. Installation options include virtual machine image, manual installation, and source code installation. More information on all available options is found the Download page.

 

Please share your feedback on Release 3.2 in the comments or on the Avalon discussion list, avalon-discuss-l@list.indiana.edu. Join the discussion list via our Connect page.

 

Sprint 64 – December 12, 2014

This was a four-week sprint due to the Thanksgiving holidays. In addition to fixing many bugs in preparation for the 3.2 release, we also added support for bulk change of access control settings. Beyond those activities, the majority of the work went into troubleshooting the 3.2 upgrade process.

 

The 3.2 release is imminently expected toward the beginning of our next sprint, which will also be four weeks in length. Look for a 3.2 announcement shortly!

 

Learn the details of each story and view our Sprint Demo recording below:

 

Sprint 64 - December 12, 2014 Demo Recording

  • VOV-2759 – I want to see and connect to basic info about the item I'm viewing 
  • VOV-2763 – I want to bulk change access control settings 
  • VOV-3123 – I want to know what bugs are out there so I can prioritize which need fixing 
  • VOV-3169 – I want to upgrade to 3.2 
  • VOV-3170 – I want to know how to use the new 3.2 functionality 

 

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Sprint 63 – November 14, 2014

During this sprint we added additional fields to our resource description form based on feedback from our users and we hope they are useful to you as well. These fields include:

  • Language
  • Original Physical Description
  • Related Item
  • Terms of Use

 

We also began working on two new features - importing multiple pre-transcoded derivatives and importing metadata from an ILS.  Though we got a good start on that work, we decided to refocus our efforts toward getting release 3.2 out the door. So you can look for those two features in next the next release, 3.2.1. 

 

We worked on quite a few bugs which were mostly related to indexing and sorting on certain fields. Next sprint we will focus on testing and fixing bugs in anticipation for our upcoming release.

 

For this sprint demo, the we experienced recording issues, so we aren't posting a video. However, if you'd like to see any of the functionality, please contact us. Learn the details of each story below:

 
  • VOV-3005 – I want to build a process for migrating my content to different bitrates
  • VOV-2949 – I want to ingest pre-transcoded derivatives with multiple quality levels via batch
  • VOV-2759 – I want to see and connect to basic info about the item I'm viewing
  • VOV-3130 – I want to know how to map MARC fields to the current (as of VOV-2759) Avalon fields
  • VOV-3155 – I want scripts for manual testing of bulk change operations new in 3.2

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Evaluation evolution

Tricia Patterson, the National Digital Stewardship Resident at MIT Libraries is helping evaluate Avalon for MIT's Lewis Music Library. Learn about the team's process and the requirements they have established for media management systems.

 


 

Originally posted on SIPs, DIPs, & bytes: NDSR Boston's Digital Preservation Test Kitchen:

 

As I referenced in my post about World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, MIT’s Lewis Music Library is really looking forward to not only preserving the audio content that we are digitizing, but also finally expanding access to it and awareness of it. For this, we need to identify a suitable access platform – no small feat, I have discovered! Large feat, in fact. Size 11s, at least. Since hearing about the myriad of considerations that inform a software evaluation during one of my MSLIS courses, I’ve actually been harboring a desire to be a part of one – and I haven’t been disappointed! So I thought I would share some of our evaluation process so far.

 

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Recent Developments at the University of Virginia

We are pleased to share some news coming from the University of Virginia (UVA). UVA is currently developing several new features for Avalon as part of their plan to implement the software at their institution. The new functionality will be shared with the entire Avalon community since UVA’s contributions will be integrated into the Avalon core code.

 

UVA developers and the Avalon team members are currently working together to determine goals and coordinate their efforts. Mike Durbin, Senior Software & Systems Engineer at the University of Virginia Libraries, recently visited Indiana University to join forces with the Avalon developers. The productive week at IU was also a welcome opportunity to catch up with his former IU Libraries Technologies co-workers.

 

Brian (IU), Chris (IU), and Mike (UVA) discussing Avalon at Indiana University

 

I asked Mike to share some details about UVA's plans for the Avalon Media System.

 

What types of collections does Avalon help provide access to at UVA? What types of collections will be made available in the future? 

 

Currently Avalon provides access to several collections falling into three broad categories.  One consists of licensed streaming content which is accessible both to UVA and a Virginia consortium of libraries, VIVA.  Another category is local digitized rare and unique materials from our Special Collections library.  And finally, locally produced content such as concert recordings and lecture series are made available to the widest audience allowed by the materials rights encumbrance.  Besides expanding the use of content in these categories, we are considering adding electronic reserves material to support classroom instruction in the future.

 

How did the relationship between the University of Virginia and the Avalon team begin? What will their collaboration look like?

 

Initially conversations between UVA and the Avalon team about Avalon began on the Avalon IRC channel (#projectvov).  As it became clear that we at UVA would have the time and the need to make modifications to the Avalon codebase, it seemed best to coordinate any efforts with the project team.  In-person conversations and the focus of taking time to work exclusively on this effort made changes and the planning of future work easier.

 

What are some of the new features that the UVA team will share?

 

We have improved support for iPhones for the default streaming server. We did this by implementing a fix to the generation routines for IOS-specific streaming assets for users of Red5.  While it is not definite that other institutions use the open source Red5 streaming server in their implementations, these changes ensure broader compatibility.

We also developed a working example that allows users from multiple institutions to sign in to Avalon using their familiar institutional single-sign-on page.  To do this, we generalized our Omniauth-Shibboleth Ruby gem that allows easy integration of Shibboleth authentication with Avalon.  This allows us to add permissions to resources based on a user’s affiliation (the institution from which they authenticate) to support our current use-case of providing access just to "Virtual Library of Virginia" (VIVA) member institutions.   This will also allow us to grant access on a per-item basis to scholars at any of nearly 400 institutions that make up the InCommon federation.  That work is available for reuse at: https://github.com/uvalib/omniauth-shibboleth.

 

 

Soon after visiting Indiana University, Mike presented “The Avalon Media System at the University of Virginia” as part of the “Avalon Media System: Implementation and Community” session at the 2014 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum on October 28, 2014. Check out the slides from his presentation below:

 

 

Sprint 62 – October 31, 2014

At the very beginning of the sprint, IU's general Avalon instance successfully moved to production. We have started enhancing the metadata by providing a repeatable field to hold other system identifiers such as bib numbers, and we provided a way to facet and display using creation date (if available) not just publication date. We fixed a problem with ID specification for LTI access. We designed how bulk access control editing will work, and we reviewed the Hydra Works proposal. We participated in the Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum, having discussions with many institutions about Avalon.

 

For this sprint demo, the audio didn't work, so we aren't posting a video of the demo. However, if you'd like to see any of the functionality, please contact us. Learn the details of each story below:

  • VOV-2754 – I want to be able to add classes using friendly ID even if no one has logged in via LTI yet
  • VOV-2946 – I want a place (for both batch and interactive) to put an ID from another system (BIB, OCLC, etc)
  • VOV-3034 – I want to see the creation date
  • VOV-3098 – I want to know if the proposed Hydra Works model might work well for Avalon Story
  • VOV-3104 – I want to know how bulk editing Access Control settings should look and behave

 

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Sprint 61 – October 17, 2014

This sprint was an uncharacteristic 4 weeks in length, due to the presence of much of the team at Hydra Connect 2 during the sprint. The main work completed is the ability for staff to select multiple items and then publish, unpublish or delete them, or to assign them to a different collection. In addition, we decided on and implemented new default transcoding profile for video. We cut the bitrates in half, which should help with performance on slow wireless networks while still preserving good quality for the high quality derivative. Institutions can change these if they want to use lower or higher bitrates. Other sprint work included preparing for IU's move to production, enhancing NU's production system, and finishing the visual cleanup necessitated by the move to Hydra 7.

 

Learn the details of each story and view our Sprint Demo recording below:

 

Sprint 61 - October 17, 2014 Demo Recording

  • VOV-2692 – I want to bulk-publish/unpublish items via the web interface
  • VOV-2762 – I want to bulk delete a number of items from Avalon
  • VOV-2940 – I want to move selected items from one (or many) collection(s) to another
  • VOV-2951 – [IU prod] I want to be confident that I am using a production-quality system
  • VOV-3054 – [NU [prod] I want some UI changes and analytics
  • VOV-3004 – I want to watch Avalon videos on a connection with a less than ideal bandwidth
  • VOV-3058 – I want to finalize UI for Hydra 7 update

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Ho Ho Ho, Merry World Day for Audiovisual Heritage!

Tricia Patterson, the National Digital Stewardship Resident at MIT Libraries wrote a great blog post on the collections in MIT's Lewis Music Library in honor of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. She is helping test MIT's digitization workflow using the Herb Pomeroy collection. She and a team are also "evaluating Avalon Media System as a dissemination platform, so people everywhere can enjoy it once it is digitized."

 

 

Originally posted on SIPs, DIPs, & bytes: NDSR Boston's Digital Preservation Test Kitchen:

 

The 27th of October, while being the very special Fourth Day Before Halloween, was also proclaimed World Day for Audiovisual Heritage by UNESCO as of 2005. This year’s theme for the day is “Archives at Risk: Much More To Do” – something you don’t have to tell us digital stewards twice!

 

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Indiana University Goes Live with the Avalon Media System

The Avalon Media System is now in production at Indiana University. With this achievement, the development team members, based at both Indiana University and Northwestern University, are celebrating the successful implementation of Avalon at both project partner institutions. At Indiana University, Avalon is presented as Media Collections Online, integrating the signature Indiana Univeristy colors and branding bars. Media Collections Online currently offers publicly accessible content from several repositories across campus, including the Indiana University Libraries Moving Image Archive, and the Archive of African American Music & Culture. The production instance also includes video and audio playback improvements. New low, medium, and high quality playback options are available to users based on our testing of bitrates in a variety of bandwidth scenarios. We will be sharing these improvements in our upcoming release, 3.2.

 

Check out Media Collections Online for a peak at the wealth of digital library and archival media resources that Indiana University has to offer. Please also visit Avalon | Kelley School of Business, an Avalon implementation exclusively for the educational media produced by the renowned Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

 

 

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