New MVP Website: We have officially migrated to the new website (http://mvp.berkeley.edu), currently hosted at wordpress.com. The launch of a new website will be part of a larger communications strategy we hope to roll out with your input over the next weeks.
IT Bank Funding Status: On March 5, we submitted a proposal for continued funding for the Media Vault Program from the Campus Technology Council. Thank you, all, for your input and letters of support.On March 23, David Greenbaum, Patrick McGrath, and Michael Ashley provided a status update to the Campus Technology Council.
HART Forum: We will be presenting MVP and hosting an information table at the Humanities Arts and Research Technologies (HART) Spring Forum, which will take place from 9AM to 1PM on April 24 in 110 South Hall. We hope to engage new arts and humanities scholars in exploring how they could benefit from the Media Vault Program.
Gen1 Platform & Service Development: The MV Team has made considerable progress towards stabilizing the “first generation” Media Vault platform, developing new scripts for file transmission (checksum, automated content migration), implementing Development/QA servers for testing, performing backup and recovery tests, and formalizing intake procedures, ongoing operations and service descriptions for MV-DAM, MV-Archive, MV-Publish and MV-Consult (to be published shortly on the Media Vault Website). We expect that our work stabilizing the platform and clarifying service offerings will improve the quality of service for current and future partners. We look forward to feedback from current partners.
Library Collaboration: We are actively exploring how to integrate the Media Vault digital asset management platform with the Library Systems GenDB repository and the CDL Digital Preservation Repository. This is a critical project for the Media Vault Program, as it opens new pathways for a comprehensive digital asset management workflow, from ingest to access and preservation, across key campus and system partners. We are using a test collection (a subset of the Digital Nineveh Archives) to explore opportunities and challenges around such integration. We will engage MVP partners and Steering Group in identifying issues to explore, analyzing outcomes, and proposing next steps. We expect to complete this project by early summer 2009.
We are in the process of identifying advisors for the Media Vault Program. We would like to assemble an advisory board representing diverse perspectives on digital scholarship and conservation. Please let us know if you can recommend someone whose expertise would benefit the Media Vault Program.
Requirements for Gen2 Platform and Services
Over the next few months, we will undergo a lithe but formal planning process in preparation for the next phase of platform and service development. This process will include interviewing key stakeholders, describing existing and planned campus services, and surveying the evolving landscape (literature review, competition analysis), and, finally, developing technical requirements and a roadmap for service and platform development. We welcome suggestions on how to structure this process. We will schedule a workshop for MV partners to review process and preliminary data later this summer.