Jon W. Dunn
Interim Assistant Dean for Library Technologies
Indiana University Bloomington
Head, Digital Collections and Scholarly Communication Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has funded a three-year project from 2011-2014, led by the libraries at Indiana University Bloomington and Northwestern University in collaboration with ten other institutional partners, to develop an open source system that will enable libraries and archives to easily curate, distribute, and provide online access to their audio and video collections. This project, known as the Avalon Media System, follows from extensive prior investigation into the needs of academic libraries for ingest, management, and access to digital audio and video collections to support teaching, learning, and research. Version 1.0 of Avalon will be released in Spring 2013. This presentation will include discussion of: 1) motivations for the development of Avalon; 2) current and planned system functionality; 3) collaboration with other open source software communities (including the Hydra Project and Opencast Matterhorn); 4) issues of community building for ongoing sustainability; and 5) how Avalon fits into the larger landscape of media content management in higher education. Time for general discussion of issues related to media content management and open source software sustainability will follow.