Preservation and Archiving Focus of Sun Meeting in Paris

Ithaca, NY, November 30, 2007 - The Sun Microsystems™ Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (Sun PASIG - http://sun-pasig.org/\), a group dedicated to working on the unique problems of storage and data management, workflow, and architecture for very large digital repositories, held its second meeting in Paris for 171 industry, education, government, and library services representatives from Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand on November 14-16, 2007. Sun PASIG plans to host a meeting of leaders concerned with issues of maintaining or restoring access to artifacts, documents and records semi-annually.

Day one was devoted to Sun technology workshops. The opening session reviewed the current state of asset management systems. The focus of presentations was in the commercial realm rather than on academic or library applications. The panel was made up of consultants and software integrators who had worked with Sun. Presentations from two Sun technologists on aspects of preservation and archiving followed. The day ended with a Sun Honeycomb Users' Group meeting. Representatives from eight different institutions that are using the StorageTek™ 5800 system, also known as "Sun Honeycomb," talked about their experiences. Most had recently received system hardware so had only just begun to work with the system; more than half of the presenters were using the Fedora software platform.

During the rest of the meeting presentations and updates were given on the status of Fedora Commons, DSpace and Eprints by a mix of academic and national library project professionals. The majority of projects and initiatives were using Fedora. National libraries were well represented, both on the program and among the participants. The majority of representatives expressed a preference for open-source software, and for the Fedora platform, in particular. A notable exception was the National Library of New Zealand, that is working with Ex Libris to develop a proprietary system. Working groups met to discuss topics that included Use Cases and Business Models, Architecture, Security and others.

Fedora Commons held an after-hours session to discuss ways to work with companies who provide software integration services and software products built around Fedora software. Companies represented included ATOS Origin, CARE Affiliates, FIZ Karlsruhe and VTLS, as well as representatives from Sun Microsystems. Several other interested people from the conference also attended.

Meeting presentations, agenda, and a list of attendees are available here. Questions about Sun PASIG activities may be sent to Art Pasquinelli, Education Market Strategist Sun Global Education and Research at art.pasquinelli@sun.com.

Posted by Carissa Smith 2007-12-05

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