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  • From: "Dana Martin" <>
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  • Subject: ResearchChannel Call for Partners in Open Source Developme nt of DigitalWellT
  • Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 09:19:16 -0700
  • Organization: the University of Washington

Sept. 20 - ResearchChannel announced today that its digital asset management system, DigitalWellT, will be available as open source in first quarter 2006. Developed over the past six years with the University of Washington, DigitalWellT is a suite of software subsystems that addresses the difficulties of sharing and maintaining a wide range of media assets among disparate departments, both within and between institutions. DigitalWellT underlies KEXP-FM's Webby award-winning website and ResearchChannel's 2,100 program video library, as well as a number of other collections.

DigitalWellT enables and expedites access to high-quality, high-definition video and audio assets using next-generation networks. DigitalWellT streamlines and simplifies the acquisition, aggregation, cataloging, storage, discovery and delivery processes associated with managing large collections of digital assets. DigitalWellT also focuses on seamless interoperation with other digital library systems, thus enhancing and extending access to research collections and making new learning environments possible.

"Open Sourcing the DigitalWellT is an important step that will allow the higher education community to build on an extensive foundation of work contributed by ResearchChannel and the University of Washington in developing tools to better manage digital video and audio content assets, which are becoming ever more pervasive and critical to scholarship, teaching and learning," said Clifford A. Lynch, executive director, Coalition for Networked Information.

ResearchChannel invites partners to participate in this open source project. Interested parties should contact Jim DeRoest, ResearchChannel's director of Streaming Media, at (206) 543-6343 .

For additional information, contact: Sephora DeRoest at 877-616-7265.

About ResearchChannel

ResearchChannel is a nonprofit media and technology organization that connects a global audience with the research and academic institutions whose developments, insights and discoveries affect our lives and futures. ResearchChannel was founded in 1996 by leading research and academic institutions so they could share the work of their researchers with the public while collectively participating in advanced distribution and interactive technology experiments. Programs are shared in their original form, unmediated and without interruption. Today, more than 50 institutions participate as members and affiliates, and that number continues to grow.

Through cable and satellite distribution, ResearchChannel is available to more than 21 million U.S. households. The ResearchChannel website, with users in more than 70 countries worldwide, provides programs on demand and through a live webstream. The online video library houses more than 2,100 full-length programs.

About the Coalition for Networked Information

CNI is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 200 institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI's Members.


  • ResearchChannel Call for Partners in Open Source Developme nt of DigitalWellT, Dana Martin, 09/20/2005

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