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ICA-AtoM 1.0 beta launch at the ICA Congress

July 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment · ICA-AtoM, Meetings & Presentations, News

I am writing this post on the plane back home to Vancouver right now after a hectic and exciting week at the ICA Congress in Kuala Lumpur where we officially launched the 1.0 beta version of the ICA-AtoM software. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. We had great attendance at our launch presentation, user workshops, adminstrator workshop and steering committee meeting. I was asked to give a briefing on the project last night to the ICA Executive Board and I was interviewed about the project by the ICA Flying Reporters, who did an excellent job covering all the happenings of the ICA Congress. Here is a link to the interview.

We distributed over 1300 copies of the ICA-AtoM beta 1.0 Demo CD. These are customized Ubuntu Linux LiveCDs that are running Apache web server, MySQL database server, Mozilla Firefox and the ICA-AtoM application. The CDs load the Linux operating system and application stack into the memory of any type of computer. This makes it easy to demo our web application on a local machine. This picture shows our Demo CDs bypassing Windows in the computer lab to prepare for the ICA-AtoM user workshop.

We now have over 30 archival institutions worldwide signed up to join the formal round of beta testing which will take place between October 2008 and March 2009. We also have volunteers to translate the application into another five languages. We are in discussion to test deployment with several institutions and it appears likely that we have sponsors for some focused development work on the application core which will help to move it forward from an early beta version to a stable production-ready release.

If you weren’t able to attend the ICA Congress you can download and burn your own copy of the Demo CD or simply try out the online demo version of ICA-AtoM available at http://ica-atom.org/demo/. Of course, if you have your own web server or web hosting account you can download and install your own copy of ICA-AtoM.

Please keep in mind, however, that this is an early 1.0 beta version. It is undergoing active development and testing. We’d love to get your feedback on the user discussion list to report any bugs and to help us improve the software to meet your requirements.

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