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This is the July 2020 edition of the Fedora Newsletter. This newsletter summarizes the most significant activities within the Fedora community over the last month.

News

Call for Proposals: Online Fedora Users Group Meeting

The first Online Fedora Users Group Meeting will take place in August over several days. This meeting is free and open to anyone who would like to attend; it will provide an opportunity for members of the Fedora community to connect, share information, and provide updates on local projects and initiatives. This meeting will be based around American time zones, but anyone is welcome to attend. We are also planning a future meeting that will be based around European timezones.

If you would like to present at the Online Fedora Users Group, please complete the online form. Submissions are due by Friday, July 17.

Online Fedora Workshop Recording and Survey

We recently held an online, introductory Fedora workshop, and the slides and recording are now available.

If you’d like to follow along with the hands-on exercises you’ll need a local Fedora installation (we used version 5.1.0 for the workshop). If you don’t already have a local instance you can try the new Docker build. Please follow the directions in the readme after installing Docker, and let us know if anything is unclear. The 5.x-maintenance branch will build Fedora 5.1.0, while the main branch can be used to get the latest 6.0 development snapshot.

This workshop was our first attempt to bring some of our training materials online, and we’d like to continue building out these resources for the community. Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief survey and let us know which training topics are of most interest to you.

Fedora Sprints

The last Fedora code sprint took place July 6-10. The goals included:

  1. Add additional fields to simple search
  2. Refine how resources are persisted
  3. Finalize Web Access Controls
  4. Tie up loose ends

We are still wrapping up a few tickets from the sprint, after which we will provide more information on the outcomes.

Through December of 2020 we will be holding one-week-long Fedora 6 mini-sprints during the first week of each month.

This will allow for consistent progress towards the Fedora 6 release, as well as a clear schedule for you to plan towards. If you miss one month, you can join the next!

The next sprint will take place August 3-7. Please add your name to any of the upcoming sprint dates on the wiki.

Activities in Related Communities

Islandora

Samvera

Oxford Common File Layout

The latest OCFL community meeting took place on July 8. Notes and audio from the call are available online. The meeting focused on community updates from Indiana University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Maryland, Fedora, and Samvera, the release of OCFL 1.0, composition of the editorial team, and Interest in defining community policies for merging community extensions. The next community call will take place on August 12.

Conferences and events

In an attempt to simplify the task of keeping up with Fedora-related meetings and events, a Fedora calendar is available to the community as HTML  and iCal .

If you have not already joined the fedora-project Slack workspace please start by visiting the self-registration form. Come join the conversation!

Islandora Online

Islandora Online will take place throughout July and August. It is a series four online events, around five hours each (including breaks), focused on a specific topic of interest to the Islandora community. Each event contains a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and small group discussions, with optional social events during breaks. Please register in advance to attend.

Online Fedora Users Group Meeting

The first Online Fedora Users Group Meeting will take place in August over several days. This meeting is free and open to anyone who would like to attend; it will provide an opportunity for members of the Fedora community to connect, share information, and provide updates on local projects and initiatives. If you would like to present at the Online Fedora Users Group, please complete this form.

Membership

Fedora is funded entirely through the contributions of members that allocate their annual funding to Fedora. This funding supports full-time staff to work on Fedora and provide technical leadership, direct strategic planning, organize community outreach, and coordinate timely software releases. Membership also provides opportunities to participate in project governance and influence the direction of the software. If your institution is not yet a member in support of Fedora, please join us today!

Register Your Repository

Is your repository listed in the registry? Help us maintain reliable information on the community of Fedora users around the world by registering your repository today. You can also request an update to an existing entry by selecting your entry and filling out the online form. 

Get Involved

Fedora is designed, built, used, and supported by the community. An easy and important way that you can contribute to the effort is by helping resolve outstanding bugs. If you have an interest in gaining a better understanding of the Fedora code base, or a specific interest in any of these bugs, please add a comment to a ticket and we can work together to move your interest forward.

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