The Avalon Media System: An Open Source Audio/Video System for Libraries and Archives

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This presentation was given by Stu Baker and Stefan Elnabli at a 2013 Media Preservation meeting hosted by the Media Preservation Initiative in Bloomington, Indiana.

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The Avalon Media System: An Open Source Audio/Video System for Libraries and Archives

  1. 1. The  Avalon  Media  System   An  open  source  audio/video  system  for  libraries   and  archives     Stu  Baker   Stefan  Elnabli     CIC  Indiana  University  Media  PreservaAon  Conference   17  April  2013    
  2. 2. About  Us   •  Stu  Baker   –  Associate  University  Librarian  for  Library   Technologies,  Northwestern  University   –  Co-­‐Project  Director,  Avalon   •  Stefan  Elnabli   –  Moving  Image  and  Sound  PreservaAon  Specialist,   Northwestern  University   –  Audiovisual  Media  and  Metadata  Specialist,  Avalon  
  3. 3. Agenda   •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Project  background  and  overview   MoAvators  and  use  cases   Demo   Release  1  pilots   Plans  beyond  Release  1   IntegraAon  scenarios   Development  process  and  community   QuesAons  and  discussion  
  4. 4. Project  ObjecAves   Goal:  Create  an  open  source  system  to  enable   libraries  and  archives  to  provide  online  access  to   video  and  audio  collecAons   •  Digital  audio/video  management  and  delivery  system,   focused  on  needs  of  libraries  and  archives   •  Follow  an  agile,  open  source  development  model   •  Leverage  exisAng  technologies,  where  feasible   •  Communicate  and  market  the  project  broadly  to  increase   awareness  and  grow  the  community  of  users  and  developers  
  5. 5. Project  Overview   •  Funded  in  part  by  a  NaAonal  Leadership  Grant  from  the  InsAtute  of   Museum  and  Library  Services   •  Original  name:  Varia*ons  on  Video   •  Planning  grant:     –  August  2010  –  July  2011   •  ImplementaAon  grant:     –  September  2011  –  October  2014   •  Partnership  between  libraries  at  Indiana  University  and   Northwestern  University  
  6. 6. Project  Partners  and  Collaborators  
  7. 7. What  needs  are  we  trying  to  serve?   •  Libraries  and  archives  (and  museums?)   •  Wide  variety  of  audio/video  collecAons,  uses,  and   access  needs   –  Licensed  educaAonal  video  collecAons   –  Video/audio  e-­‐reserves   –  Archival  collecAons   –  Open  access  collecAons   •  Research  and  teaching  &  learning  use   •  Long-­‐term  management  and  access   •  Tie-­‐in  with  preservaAon  
  8. 8. MoAvators  
  9. 9. ExisAng  SoluAons  Incomplete  for   Libraries  and  Archives   •  InsAtuAonal  and  digital  library  repositories   –  e.g.  DSpace,  Fedora,  Digital  Commons,  ContentDM   •  Web  video  services   –  e.g.  YouTube,  Vimeo   •  Classroom  lecture  capture   –  e.g.  Echo360,  Mediasite,  Opencast  Maberhorn   •  Online  video  environments   –  e.g.  Kaltura,  Brightcove   •  Streaming  servers   –  e.g.  Flash  Media  Server,  Real  Helix,  Wowza,  Red5   •  Digital  asset  management  systems   –  e.g.  OpenText,  NetXposure,  etc.  
  10. 10. Bridging  library  and  academic  IT   content  management    
  11. 11. Release  1  (“any  day  now!”)   •  Mobile  and  desktop  playback  support   •  AuthenAcaAon  and  group-­‐based   authorizaAon   •  Faceted  search,  using  Blacklight   •  Manual  and  batch  import  
  12. 12. Demo  
  13. 13. R1  Pilots  
  14. 14. Avalon  Architecture   Integra*ons   ILS   LMS,   websites   AuthenAc-­‐ aAon   Authoriz-­‐ aAon   Archival   Storage   Users   Avalon  Media  System   Hydrant  Rails  App   Omni-­‐ Auth   Can-­‐ Can   Fedora   Hydra   Head   Media  Player   (Maberhorn  Engage)   Black-­‐   light   Ruby-­‐   horn   Search   Browse   View   Ingest   Describe   Solr   Maberhorn   Media  Server   Manage   n  Avalon  code  –  consists  of  Hydrant  Rails  App  and  the  Rubyhorn   gem.  Other  pieces  are  leveraged.     Desktop,   Mobile   All  Users   Browser,   Drop  box   CollecAon   Managers  
  15. 15. Beyond  R1  (ParAal  List,  UnprioriAzed)   •  •  •  •  •  •  AuthorizaAon  improvements  &  integraAons   Structural  metadata  for  navigaAon   Technical  metadata   Workflow  &  batch  loading  improvements   Playlists  and  clip  making   Easy  player  embedding  for  other  contexts,  e.g.,  course  management,   websites,  publishing  sites   Transcripts   Publishing  out  to  other  systems   More  opAmizaAon  for  mobile   Focused  accessibility  work   Improvements  based  on  pilots,  user  feedback,  usability  tesAng   •  •  •  •  •    Releases  every  three  months      
  16. 16. Julie Hardesty metadata analyst Phuong Dinh Brianna Marshall developer project assistant Mark Notess Chris Colvard product owner/manager lead developer Jon Dunn Nathan Rogers project director developer Development  Team   Stu Baker Andrea Zielke project director project assistant Steve DiDomenico Claire Stewart scrum master product owner/director Stefan Elnabli Julie Rudder metadata/preservation specialist product owner Adam Hallett Karen Miller developer metadata analyst Michael Klein lead developer
  17. 17. Development  process   •  A  single,  blended  team   •  Scrum   •  F2F  for  scrum  training,   prioriAzaAon   •  Daily  standups,  IRC    
  18. 18. Working  towards  community   •  Lessons  learned  in  development  process   •  Working  with  Hydra  community   •  Working  with  OpenCast  maberhorn    
  19. 19. ParAcipaAon   •  Try  out  R1  (any  day  now!):      hbp://www.avalonmediasystem.org/try-­‐out-­‐avalon   •  Download  R1:      hbp://www.avalonmediasystem.org/download   •  On  GitHub:   hbps://github.com/avalonmediasystem/avalon   •  Read  our  blog:      hbp://www.avalonmediasystem.org/blog        
  20. 20. QuesAons?  
  21. 21. Learn  More  About  Avalon   •  Website:  hbp://avalonmediasystem.org/   •  Listserv:  E-­‐mail  avalon-­‐l-­‐subscribe@indiana.edu  to  subscribe   •  Social  media:        @avalonmediasys        facebook.com/avalonmediasys         Or  contact:    Jon  Dunn:  jwd@iu.edu    Stu  Baker:  stubaker@northwestern.edu    

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