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Dear Avalon community:
 
We are happy to announce that Release 2.0 of the Avalon Media System is now available, thanks to hard work on the part of Avalon team members at Indiana and Northwestern. One major goal of this release is to enable successful pilot implementations at partner institutions.
The release includes the following features:
·         A new hierarchical permissions model (see more at http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/blog-post/understanding-avalon-roles-and-permissions) supports a flexible approach to collections-based content management. Collections can be set up with default access controls.
·         Collections can more easily be shared with defined groups of users.
·         New media player, based on mediaelement.js, is more usable and supports more platforms.
·         An About page shows the system health and supports automated system monitoring.
·         Users can create custom thumbnails for video content by taking a "snapshot" during playback or by specifying a timepoint.
·         Tools are provided for migration of content and user groups from Avalon 1.0 to 2.0.
 
There are several options for exploring release 2.0. You can try it out on our public test server. You can also download and install a preconfigured Avalon virtual machine image, perform a step-by-step installation, or find out how to download our source code from Github. More information on all of these options is available at http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/software
We look forward to feedback on this release via the avalon-discuss-l list. If you haven't already signed up for the Avalon discussion list, you can find out how to do so at http://www.avalonmediasystem.org/connect
 
Regards,
 
Jon Dunn and Stu Baker
Avalon Media System project directors

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