Dear Fedora and DSpace communities - 

Below is an announcement about a new, exciting community initiative.

Valorie Hollister
Director of Community Programs
DuraSpace
vhollister@duraspace.org



Introducing the DuraSpace KnowledgeBase

A New Community Home for DSpace and Fedora Learning Resources

Ithaca, NY To support the DSpace and Fedora repository software user communities with access to improved online learning materials, the DuraSpace organization today announces the launch of the KnowledgeBase. This dynamic organizational wiki structure is aimed at creating a comprehensive set of training and educational resources for DSpace and Fedora users. Once it is populated with content, the KnowledgeBase will help new users walk through the steps of how to get a repository up and running as well as various basic administrative tasks. Included in this wiki-based guide will be a variety of delivery tool options including text, images, diagrams, screencasts, presentation slides, webinars and more.

So far efforts on the KnowledgeBase have focused on designing a flexible structure to make it easy for community members to contribute any size or variety of content. In consultation with the community, DuraSpace has built an interactive home for materials, identified potential tools/guidelines for content contributions, drafted a list of topics to be covered, defined community roles as well as created some sample content.

To learn more about the KnowledgeBase, you can visit the main KnowledgeBase page (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/KB/Welcome+to+KnowledgeBase), the DSpace KnowledgeBase page (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/KB/Welcome+to+KnowledgeBase) or Fedora KnowledgeBase page (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/FedoraKB/Fedora+KnowledgeBase). You may also take a look at some sample content: DSpace text-based/image content (https://wiki.duraspace.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=25467341), a DSpace screencast (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSpaceKB/Upgrading+DSpace) and a Fedora screencast (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/FedoraKB/Rebuilding+Indexes). 

The KnowledgeBase’s future usefulness depends on the collaborative efforts of the DSpace and Fedora user communities. The structure has been specifically designed to encourage members of the community to make bite-sized contributions -- text guide for one topic, a short screencast or attaching a link to presentation slides or other useful resources. We hope that you will consider contributing content or becoming a content moderator! If you would like more information on contributing visit How to Contribute (https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/KB/Contribute+to+KnowledgeBase) or if you have feedback or questions about the KnowledgeBase, please contact Valorie Hollister at vhollister@duraspace.org.


About DuraSpace

DuraSpace is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  DuraSpace provides leadership and innovation in the use of open source and cloud-based technologies to serve libraries, universities, and research centers, for managing and preserving digital content.  The organization’s open source technology portfolio includes the DSpace open access repository application and the Fedora open repository platform. DuraSpace is the home of DuraCloud, an emerging cloud-based service that leverages existing cloud infrastructure to ensure durability and enable access to digital content. http://duraspace.org/.