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Variations on Video: Building the Next Generation Library Media Management System
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Indiana University, in partnership with Northwestern University, has been awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the creation of a freely available open source software system to enable academic

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Image AddedImage AddedAvalon Media System is an open source software system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video. The freely available system enables libraries and archives to easily curate, distribute and provide online access to their

video and audio collections. This grant will run from October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2014

collections for purposes of teaching, learning and research. The Avalon Community is made up of over a dozen educational, media and open-technology institutions and is part of the broader Samvera Community. The project is led by Indiana University Libraries, with past support from Northwestern University Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Learn About the Avalon Project


Avalon 7.3 is now available! Learn what's new and try it out!

The best place to start learning is the Avalon Media System project website.

Older documents and project background


To join one of the project mailing lists or to connect with the project in other ways

Project background documents are linked below.

For more information, please contact the Project DirectorsDirector:

To join the project listserv, contact Jon Dunn.


Older documents, to be organized

Technical Documentation

For partners and others wanting to try out the system or install it.

For developers

Other tools and places

  • Track development progress across two-week "sprints" via Jira issues
  • Review list of open issues


Old documents, to be organized

For collection managers

Development Partners/Funders

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