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It has been an eventful summer. DuraSpace welcomed two new staff members from Canada and Italy. We look forward to working with Erin Tripp and Michele Mennielli to engage more effectively with our international adopters and potential partners. We traveled to Brisbane, Wrocław, Boston, New York, and Washington, DC to talk about preserving and making accessible and discoverable our collective cultural heritage and academic record. The DSpace, Fedora, and VIVO projects held user group meetings, workshops, and conferences to learn more about your work and to connect people with each other to fortify an already vibrant community of developers, endusers, and administrators. We are most grateful to our hosts at Georgetown, Texas A&M, and Cornell (from Val: should the Univ of Oxford be added - for hosting the latest Fedora camp/) for their generosity in organizing and providing venues for these events. Your support makes it possible for a greater diversity of institutions and individuals to participate in Open Source Software community activities.


We congratulate the University of Houston Libraries who in August were awarded an IMLS grant to develop migration tooling for ingesting collections to Hyku from CONTENTdm. When they received the news as they were cleaning up after sustaining flood damage from Hurricane Harvey. As I write, our nation braces for the arrival of Irma and we extend our thoughts and support for our colleagues in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. (from Val: should probably freshen this)

On an even more solemn note, we mourn the loss of Heather Heyer and with our colleagues around the world condemn the acts of violence and bigotry by white supremacist and Neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville responsible for her death. We have strengthened our resolve to promote and provide inclusive communities and to advocate for All Things Open. We double down on our commitment to serve libraries, museums, archives, and scholars of every stripe to share freely and without fear the collections, perspectives, and ideas that illustrate the beauty in our differences and unite us in our shared mission to promote civil discourse and academic freedom for all.


Fedora Camp Texas, Austin, TX, Oct 16-18, David Wilcox

North Carolina Library Association Conference, Winston-Salem, NC, Oct 17th-20th, Heather Greer Klein

DLF Forum, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 23-25, Debra Hanken Kurtz, Erin Tripp