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Opencast 12.0

Hi everyone,
it is my pleasure to announce that Opencast 12.0 has been released:

The documentation for this release can be found at:

Please make sure to read and follow the upgrade guide carefully when upgrading from an older major version to Opencast 12.

RPM and Debian packages as well as Docker images will be available soon. Watch for announcements on the users list.

To all committers and involved contributors, thank you for all your work. This could not have happened without you, and I am glad we were able to work together and get this release out.

Best Regards

Release Managers Opencast 12.0
Lars Kiesow
Felix Pahlow

Opencast 11.7

Hi everyone,
it is my pleasure to announce that Opencast 11.7 has been released

https://github.com/opencast/opencast/releases

This version come with various bug fixes and improvements, some of them are,

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the issue that users can pass URLs from other tenants to the ingest service, which will check only against the other organization but not against the one currently active. This allows users to easily ingest media from other tenants.
  • Fix missing tags when encoding multiple qualities with the encode WOH
  • Fix metadata not being shown in editor.

Enhancements:

  • Now it is possible to edit Metadata within the editor
  • Make creation of default external API group configurable
  • Check if user can be loaded before starting a workflow

The documentation and full changelog for this release can be found at:

https://docs.opencast.org/r/11.x/admin/

RPM and Debian packages as well as Docker images will be available soon. Watch for announcements on the user’s list.

To all committers and involved contributors, thank you for all your work. This could not have happened without you, and we are glad we were able to work together and get this release out.

Max and Jonathan.

Opencast 12 release branch cut

Hi everyone, the Opencast 12 release branch (r/12.x) has been cut. Please check if pull requests point to the correct branch.

For a guide on what you can still add to release branches, please refer to the acceptance criteria for patches in different versions.

Remember the release schedule for this release:

  • Cutting the release branch: May 18, 2022
  • Translation Week: May 23, 2022
  • Public QA phase: May 30, 2022
  • Release date:  June 15, 2022

As always, we hope to have a lot of people testing this version, especially during the public QA phase. Please report any bugs or issues you encounter.
For testing, you may use stable.opencast.org if you do not want to set up a test server yourself. The server is reset on a daily basis and will follow the new release branch with its next rebuild.
Additionally, look out for announcements regarding container and package builds for testing on list if you want to run your own system but do not want to build Opencast from source.

Opencast D/A/CH Meeting 2022

The following article is in German, as it is about the German-speaking community meeting in Osnabrück from July 11th to 13th.

Vom 11. bis 13. Juli findet in Osnabrück das deutschsprachigen Opencast Community Treffen statt. Die Teilnahme an dieser Veranstaltung ist kostenlos. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist leider auf 50 Personen begrenzt.

Im Anschluss an die Opencast D/A/CH wird am selben Ort ein deutschsprachiges BigBlueButton Community Meeting stattfinden. Wir freuen uns über alle Teilnehmenden, die an beiden Veranstaltungen teilnehmen wollen. Wir bieten auch einen Bundle-Tarif für die Registrierung zu beiden Veranstaltungen an: 0,00 €

ORT

Die Konferenz findet im Helikoniensaal des Bohnenkamp-Hauses im Botanischen Garten der Universität Osnabrück statt (in Google Maps anzeigen).

Ansicht aus dem botanischen Garten. (c) Jan Cazek
Bohnenkamp-Haus, Botanischer Garten. (c) Jan Cazek

Wegbeschreibung

Mit dem Bus

Die Haltestelle “Botanischer Garten” ist über die Linien 16 und 17 vom Hauptbahnhof und vom Neumarkt (zentraler Busbahnhof) erreichbar. Der Eingang zum Botanischen Garten ist von der Haltestelle schon sichtbar. Das Bohnenkamp-Haus mit dem Helikoniensaal ist direkt neben dem gut sichtbaren Tropenhaus.

Mit dem Auto

Ein größerer, kostenloser Parkplatz liegt an der Barbarastr. (bei Google Maps ansehen). Von dort aus kann man dem ausgeschilderten Fußweg zum Botanischen Garten folgen. Das Bohnenkamp-Haus mit dem Helikoniensaal ist direkt neben dem gut sichtbaren Tropenhaus.

Weitere Verkehrsmittel

In Osnabrück sind Leihroller von Tier und Lime verfügbar. Der Botanische Garten ist im Bereich, in dem diese Roller abgestellt werden dürfen.

Programm

Das vorläufige Programm der Veranstaltung finde ihr in der separaten Ankündigung:

Unterkunft

Wir haben kein Hotelkontingente reserviert.

Die meisten Hotels befinden sich nahe der Innenstadt oder des Hauptbahnhofes. Die Tagung selber findet im Botanischen Garten statt, der aber über den öffentlichen Nahverkehr gut erreichbar ist vom Hauptbahnhof und Innenstadt. Die Hotels sind grob nach dem zu erwartenden Preisniveau sortiert.

Save the Date: Meeting of the German-speaking Opencast community

We are happy to announce that this year’s meeting of the German-speaking Opencast community, or Opencast DACH for short, will be happening as an in-person event. The meeting will happen on July 11-13, 2022 and will be hosted by Osnabrück University and ELAN e.V. in Osnabrück, Germany.

The first two days, July 11-12, will be organized as a regular conference, for which we will soon send out a call for participation.

Following the regular conference there will be a hackathon day on July 13 where we will likely cooperate with the German BigBlueButton community, as they are planning a meeting on the two days following our event.

We are really looking forward to seeing lots of you in person again and hope that many of you will attend. Expect more details about the event soon. Stay tuned!

Opencast 11.6

It is my pleasure to announce that Opencast 11.6 has been released:

This new release comes with new fixes and features, the most important are:

BUG FIXES

  • Fixes Vosk module.
  • Stalling boot of services due to workflows definitions failed to load.
  • userdirectory-brightspace module works again with the latest version of Brightspace API.

NEW FEATURES, UPDATES

  • Update editor studio to their latest release.
  • The Google Speech Transcription Service now offers options to enable punctuations for transcription and to choose the transcription model to use.
  • Paella is updated to version 6.5.6, bringing back the fixes that were lost due to the rollback to 6.4.4 from the previous version.
  • Added configuration option to control if events without series are added to an auto generated CA series during ingest.

To look in more detail, the changes we invite you to look the changelog.

RPM and Debian packages as well as Docker images will be available soon. Watch for announcements on the users list.

To all committers and involved contributors, thank you for all your work. This could not have happened without you, and we are glad we were able to work together and get this release out.

Opencast 11 Release Managers

Jonathan and Max