Aggregated Historical Notes 2012

June 29, 2012

Architecture Meetings Held with Duraspace: The UVa technical team met with personnel from DuraSpace on June 19 & 20 to formulate the technical framework for Phase I of APTrust. See Phase 1 Slides (pdf file below) for technical assumptions, diagrams, and outcomes.

July 16, 2012

The first survey of APTrust partner institutions, APTrust-Partner-Survey1 (linked below), gathers information on anticipated use of APTrust services, type and amount of content to be submitted, and partner priorities for future development. Technical and content leads at each institution are asked to fill out the survey and return it by August 1, 2012.

August 8, 2012

Survey Results Arriving: Six institutions have provided information about their preservation needs, the content they may submit to APTrust, and their priorities for APTrust preservation repository services. As soon as we’ve heard from everyone, I’ll post a summary of responses.

September 21, 2012

Developer Meeting Set for September: Developers for the Phase I implementation will meet at U.Va. September 24 and 25. The group will review ingest workflow test scenario results, document detailed architectural workflow, identify administrative interface requirements, and update the milestones and timelines developed in June.

September 28, 2012

New Senior Engineer Hired: Scott Turnbull will join the APTrust development team as Lead Senior Engineer.  Currently Manager of Software Engineering for the General Library at Emory University, Scott will bring his expertise in collaborative and organizational communication, linked data discovery systems, and preservation systems to the APTrust effort. Scott will begin his new role at UVa on November 26, 2012.

October 12, 2012

Phase I Architecture Progress: Developers from UVa and DuraSpace met in Charlottesville on September 24th and 25th to confer on Phase I progress. The basic environment of DuraCloud storage and a Fedora repository are in place in the cloud. Fedora content from UVa and UNC were successfully ingested using CloudSync. Highlights of planned modifications to Phase I architecture include:\r\n\r\n

  • Divided storage for each institution into a staging area for raw ingested content and a place for processed content.
  • An ingest processing service to convert the ingested content into processed content ready for the aggregate repository.
  • Alterations to CloudSync to “chunk” very large files into smaller units for transport.
October 12, 2012

Advisory Group Meeting Review: The APTrust Advisory Group met on Tuesday, October 9 in Washington D.C. at ARL headquarters. The group was updated on technical progress, business developments, and outreach efforts.  The Advisory Group discussed Phase I progress, getting started on developments for Phase II work (repository services), upcoming visits to partner institutions, and plans for meetings and a program at the ARL Spring 2013 meeting in Chapel Hill. A handout of progress to date was distributed (linked here):

November 27, 2012

November 2012 Technical Update: On November 13th 2012 the APTrust technical team held a Google Hangout to update the community on progress of the administrative interface, updates for handling of large files and ingest into the aggregate repository.

November 29, 2012

APTrust Presentation Set for CNI Fall Meeting: Robin Ruggaber of University of Virginia and Michele Kimpton of Duraspace will be presenting on the Academic Preservation Trust at the 2012 CNI Fall Meeting in Washington D.C. December 10 – 11. Abstract of Presentation: Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) is a consortium of academic institutions committed to the creation and management of academic and research content for multiple institutions. As a member of APTrust, the University of Virginia in partnership with DuraSpace is implementing a cloud based repository service to aggregate curated content from consortium institutions upon which rich access services may be built. The implementation will further provide long term preservation for selected content through the implementation of a repository within the Digital Preservation Network (DPN). The aggregate repository is being implemented to collect many forms of content, offer utility to support administrative and simple access, augment individual institution preservation strategies as well as provide a firm foundation for exploring future access services. The consortium believes they can achieve these goals more fully together than they can alone. Come learn about more about APTrust services, milestones and how to get involved by attending this presentation and panel discussion.

December 14, 2012

CNI Fall Presentation Slides Online: Slides from the APTrust Presentation at the December CNI meeting are available online.  Robin Ruggaber and Andrew Woods presented the audience with an overview of APTrust, its advantage and value as a preservation repository and future vision for aggregate repository services as well as the architecture plan so far. View slides in the following file:

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