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The Avalon Media System: A Next-Generation Solution for Media Management and Access


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Presented by Jon Dunn and Mark Notess at an Indiana University Digital Library Brown Bag talk in Bloomington, IN, on March 27, 2013. A recording of the talk is available at:

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The Avalon Media System: A Next-Generation Solution for Media Management and Access

  1. 1. The  Avalon  Media  System   A  Next-­‐Genera8on  Solu8on  for  Media   Management  and  Access     Jon  Dunn   Mark  Notess     IU  Digital  Library  Brown  Bag  Series   27  March  2013  
  2. 2. About  Us  •  Jon  Dunn   –  Interim  Assistant  Dean  for  Library  Technologies,   Indiana  University  Bloomington  Libraries   –  Project  Director,  Avalon  •  Mark  Notess   –  Head,  Teaching  &  Learning  Systems  Development   IU  Bloomington  Library  Technologies   –  Co-­‐Product  Owner,  Avalon  
  3. 3. Agenda  •  Project  background  and  overview  •  Project  progress  •  Demo  •  Release  1  pilots  at  IU  •  Plans  beyond  Release  1  •  Ques8ons  and  discussion  
  4. 4. Project  Objec8ves  Goal:  Create  an  open  source  system  to  enable  libraries  and  archives  to  provide  online  access  to  video  and  audio  collec8ons  •  Digital  audio/video  management  and  delivery  system,   focused  on  needs  of  libraries  and  archives  •  Follow  an  agile,  open  source  development  model  •  Leverage  exis8ng  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  Na8onal  Leadership  Grant  from  the  Ins8tute  of   Museum  and  Library  Services  •  Original  name:  Varia*ons  on  Video  •  Planning  grant:     –  August  2010  –  July  2011  •  Implementa8on  grant:     –  September  2011  –  October  2014  •  Partnership  between  libraries  at  Indiana  University  and   Northwestern  University  
  6. 6. Mo8vators  •  Demand  from  Varia8ons  implementers  and  other   ins8tu8ons  •  Increased  video  digi8za8on  and  crea8on  at  IU  •  IU  Media  Preserva8on  Ini8a8ve  •  IU  IT  strategic  plan:  Empowering  People  •  No  exis8ng  system  serves  needs  of  libraries  •  History  of  involvement  in  open  and  community   source  so]ware  •  Desire  to  create  a  sustainable  founda8on  for   Varia8ons  development  and  maintenance  
  7. 7. Development  Team  Indiana  University   Northwestern  University  •  Jon  Dunn,  project  director   •  Stu  Baker,  project  director  •  Chris  Colvard,  lead  developer   •  Steve  DiDomenico,  scrum  master  •  Phuong  Dinh,  developer   •  Stefan  Elnabli,  metadata/preserva8on   specialist  •  Julie  Hardesty,  metadata  analyst   •  Adam  Halle^,  developer  •  Brianna  Marshall,  project  assistant   •  Michael  Klein,  lead  developer  •  Mark  Notess,  product  owner/manager   •  Karen  Miller,  metadata  analyst  •  Nathan  Rogers,  developer   •  Julie  Rudder,  product  owner   •  Claire  Stewart,  product  owner/director   •  Andrea  Zielke,  project  assistant  
  8. 8. Project  Partners  and  Collaborators  
  9. 9. What  needs  are  we  trying  to  serve?  •  Libraries  and  archives  (and  museums?)  •  Wide  variety  of  audio/video  collec8ons,  uses,  and   access  needs   –  Licensed  educa8onal  video  collec8ons   –  Video/audio  e-­‐reserves   –  Archival  collec8ons   –  Open  access  collec8ons  •  Research  and  teaching  &  learning  use  •  Long-­‐term  management  and  access  •  Tie-­‐in  with  preserva8on  
  10. 10. Exis8ng  Solu8ons  Insufficient  •  Ins8tu8onal  and  digital  library  repositories   –  DSpace,  Fedora,  Digital  Commons,  ContentDM  •  Web  video  services   –  YouTube,  Vimeo  •  Classroom  lecture  capture   –  Echo360,  Mediasite,  Opencast  Ma^erhorn  •  Online  video  environments   –  Kaltura,  Brightcove  •  Streaming  servers   –  Flash  Media  Server,  Real  Helix,  Wowza,  Red5  •  Digital  asset  management  systems   –  OpenText,  NetXposure  
  11. 11. Release  1  (“any  day  now!”)  •  The  audio  and  video  player  work  in  the  main  browsers  –   Chrome,  Firefox,  Explorer,  and  Safari  –  and  on  mobile   devices  (iOS  and  Android).  •  Integra8on  with  a  variety  of  authen8ca8on  systems  are   supported,  along  with  management  of  group-­‐based   authoriza8on.  •  Content  can  be  added  using  manual  upload  and  descrip8on,   or  using  the  batch  import  facility  (dropbox  +  spreadsheet).  •  For  fast  and  easy  discovery,  faceted  search  is  based  on  the   Blacklight  discovery  tool  using  MODS  metadata.  •  Ingest,  management,  and  search  func8onality  are  built  using   Hydra,  an  open  source  repository  framework  including   Fedora,  Solr  and  Blacklight  •  Media  player  and  processing  based  on  Opencast   Ma^erhorn,  another  open  source  technology  
  12. 12. Demo  
  13. 13. Avalon  Architecture  Integra*ons   Users   Avalon  Media  System   ILS   Hydrant  Rails  App   Desktop,   LMS,   Media  Player   Mobile   websites   Omni-­‐ (Ma^erhorn  Engage)   Search   Auth   Browse   All  Users   Authen8c-­‐ Hydra   Ruby-­‐   View   a8on   Head   horn   Can-­‐ Black-­‐   Authoriz-­‐ Browser,   Can   light   a8on   Drop  box   Ingest   Archival   Describe   Collec8on   Storage   Fedora   Solr   Ma^erhorn   Media  Server   Manage   Managers  n  Avalon  code  –  consists  of  Hydrant  Rails  App  and  the  Rubyhorn   gem.  Other  pieces  are  leveraged.    
  14. 14. R1  Pilots  at  IU  (tenta8ve)  •  IJCCR:  IURTC  project  at  this  point  •  John  Dempsey  films  –  Film  Archive  •  Course  reserves  –  French  films  –  Media  and   Reserve  Services  •  IU-­‐produced  content  –  JSoM  opera   produc8ons  –  Cook  Music  Library  •  Others  under  development  
  15. 15. Beyond  R1  (Par8al  List,  Unpriori8zed)  •  Authoriza8on  improvements  &  integra8ons  •  Structural  metadata  for  naviga8on  •  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  op8miza8on  for  mobile  •  Focused  accessibility  work  •  Improvements  based  on  pilots,  user  feedback,  usability  tes8ng    Releases  every  three  months      
  16. 16. Par8cipa8on  •  Try  out  R1  (any  day  now!):      h^p://­‐out-­‐avalon  •  Download  R1:      h^p://    •  Read  our  blog:      h^p://      
  17. 17. Ques8ons?  
  18. 18. Learn  More  About  Avalon  •  Website:  h^p://  •  Listserv:  E-­‐mail  avalon-­‐l-­‐  to  subscribe  •  Social  media:        @avalonmediasys        Or  contact:    Jon  Dunn:    Mark  Notess: