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XML Prague Program Committee Includes Zepheira Partner

Zepheira partner Uche Ogbuji is serving on the 2011 XML Prague Program Committee.  In keeping with Zepheira’s commitment to collaborate broadly to advance the state of the art in advanced Web applications, it is supporting this established conference of the state of the art in XML processing.  Mr. Ogbuji offers his experience with XML and other formats processed in pipelines of broadly-sourced data.  The theme of XML Prague this year is “Web and XML,” covering topics such as:

  • XML as new lingua franca for the Web. Why did it never happen?
  • HTML 5 and XHTML: breaking-up, coexistence or convergence?
  • JSON and XML love-in: how to enable Web Apps and Web Widgets?
  • XML Databases role in Web architecture.
  • XML and the emerging Semantic Web.
  • XML-based formats for electronic books.
  • …and more.

The conference will take place March 26th & 27th, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Zepheira begins new phase of work with Library of Congress on Project Recollection

The mission of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) is to develop a national strategy to collect, preserve and make available significant digital content, especially information that is created in digital form only, for current and future generations. In 2008, the NDIIPP partners shared content through a simple web page. In order to explore more useful tools and processes for sharing diverse content across partners’ collections, the Library began the Project Recollection Pilot in 2009 with Zepheira to develop a proof of concept that can be used to collect and explore information about digital collections.

Since 2009, the Recollection platform has grown beyond its pilot phase and has begun to provide the tools and environment that will enable NDIIPP Partners to showcase their collections and data from a central point. In 2011, Zepheira and the Library of Congress will continue to partner on a new phase of the project which will bring increased functionality, a strong community focus, and expansion of the tool to a wider audience.

An example of an embedded Recollection data view can be seen on the Library’s Digital Preservation site. To learn more about the project, visit Recollection (Update: now known as Viewshare) or see the recently published W3C Linked Library Data Use Case.

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Library of Congress to support MIT, Zepheira work on Exhibit 3.0

On behalf of the original Simile team, Zepheira is pleased to announce the launch of a new “Exhibit 3.0” project which will build on the success of the current Exhibit tool but redesign it to be far more scalable, flexible and modular. The Exhibit 3.0 home page provides the following overview of the project:

“Exhibit 3.0 is designed to be a publishing framework for large scale data-rich interactive Web pages, building on the success of the original Exhibit work. This project is a partnership among MIT Libraries, MIT CSAIL and Zepheira, all with personnel including SIMILE project alumnus, with generous support from the Library of Congress.”

A subset of the key requirements for this project include:

  • Provide a server-side option for publishing large collections (up to 1 million triples and 20,000 facet values)
  • Include a simple way to move from small collections stored in the browser to larger collections stored on the server
  • Make it easier to add new views, widgets and facets to the UI
  • Support links to particular Exhibit states

Read the official press release (PDF) or check out the new Exhibit 3.0 home page for more information about this work and how to get involved.

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MacArthur Foundation funds ‘Reference Extract’ Project

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $350,000 to fund researchers and developers from OCLC, the information schools of Syracuse University and the University of Washington and Zepheira LLC to continue work creating a more credible Web search experience based on the unique expertise, services and input from librarians worldwide.

The goal of the Reference Extract project is to make it easy to find credible information in the digital age. Researchers and developers are expected to have initial practical analysis and models of this “credibility engine” to share with the community in early 2011.

To learn more about the Reference Extract project, please visit the press release announcement.

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MIT Libraries and Zepheira to present Exhibit 3.0 at CNI

MacKenzie Smith, Associate Director for Technology of MIT Libraries and Eric Miller, President of Zepheira will be providing a CNI Coalition of Networked Information briefing on Exhibit 3.0. Exhibit 3.0 is a new project funded by the Library of Congress is a collaboration among MIT Libraries, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and Zepheira to redevelop the popular Exhibit tool from the MIT Simile Project. Exhibit 3.0 will fix many shortcomings of Exhibit, making it far more scalable, modular, and feature rich than the original tool, and the work is being done as broadly inclusive open source software development. This briefing session will briefly demonstrate the current tool, discuss the new architecture and features, and get input from the audience on how to build interest and involvement from the community in this work.

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Library of Congress features Recollection view for exploring NDIIPP partner collection

The Library of Congress Digital Preservation initiative has released a new faceted interface to explore over 1400 digital collections preserved by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) partners across the globe. This interface was created using the Recollection platform (Update: now Viewshare), a Library of Congress sponsored, open source platform developed by Zepheira for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) from heterogeneous data sources that allow scholars, librarians and curators to explore digital collections in novel and intuitive ways. Recollection empowers end users the ability to embed your visualizations and interfaces anywhere, providing patrons novel and intuitive ways to explore content.

For more information about Recollection, visit the NDIIPP partner page, the
about Recollection cpage, read the W3C paper or simply view several screencasts showing Recollection in action.

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Akara.info site launched for the Akara OSS project

Zepheira has created a main website for Akara in order to help users discover and learn about this open source project.

Akara is an open-source (Apache License, Version 2.0) Web framework specialized for RESTful data services, especially involving XML and other semi-structured formats. You express data models and create transforms based on these data models, plugging required inputs and outputs (XML, JSON, CSV, Atom, etc.) together into pipelines which implement the desired services. You then make these services available on the Web using simple wrappers. The wrappers are based on REST concepts and among other things make it easy to discover and reuse the services, and to connect them to local and remote systems using Web triggers (AKA Web hooks). Akara simplifies extract-transform-load (ETL), data-driven integration of systems, and makes it easy to wrap Web sites and services, turning tag soup and painful APIs into clean, RESTful end-points

The version of Akara code available in tandem with this new website include enhancements produced in association with the Library of Congress Recollection project (Update: now Viewshare), particularly code quality, performance tweaks and deployment support.  Akara provides the data pipelining for loading data into Recollection and processing for data augmentation.

Akara source code is available from a public repository in Zepheira’s section of the github ‘social coding’ space.

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A New Look

Today, we’re happy to show off a whole new look for zepheira.com with a redesign we’ve been putting together for a few weeks. If you’re reading through our news feed, please take a moment to stop by and check out our changes. Let us know what you think!

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Zepheira to speak at “Leadership Through Collaboration” workshop at Smithsonian

OCLC Research and the RLG Partnership planning committee have sponsored a two-day event Yours, Mine, Ours: Leadership Through Collaboration focused on strategies for effective collaboration. This event will be at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C, on September 20-21, 2010. Eric Miller from Zepheira will be speaking on the power of global collaborations providing a critical take on the creation and maintenance of standards. The focus of this talk with be the sphere of common values collaboration including standards and policies for copyright and data aggregation, the commons and open data movements, and the practical application of these values in accelerating a web of Linked Data.

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Recollection Workshop held at Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation Partners Meeting

On 20 July, 2010, in Arlington, VA, The Library of Congress held a Recollection workshop at the Digital Preservation Partners Meeting.  The well-attended workshop featured an introduction to the digital preservation and access platform and a session where attendees could build Web applications with their own data within thirty minutes and could then showcase these to other workshop participants.  Zepheira was in attendance as the developer of the Recollection platform and supporter of NDIIPP.

The mission of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) is to develop a national strategy to collect, preserve and make available significant digital content, especially information that is created in digital form only, for current and future generations. In 2008, the NDIIPP partners shared content through a simple web page. In order to explore more useful tools and processes for sharing diverse content across partners’ collections, the Library began the Project Recollection Pilot in 2009 with Zepheira to develop a proof of concept that can be used to collect and explore information about digital collections.

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