Opencast 10

Opencast 10 has been released. The release notes can be found in the administration guide documentation. Important changes in this release are:

  • A new workflow operation handler has been added: conditional-config. This workflow operation handler can used to evaluate a list of conditions and set a workflow configuration variable accordingly.
  • JVM metrics have been added to the metrics endpoint. This way Opencast’s memory and CPU behavior can be monitored more closely using Prometheus.
  • Opencast Studio, Elasticsearch and many libraries across the project have been updated.

2021 Apereo Fellows

The Apereo Foundation announced the Apereo Fellows for 2021. We are happy that one of the chosen Fellows is from the Opencast community.

Maxilmiliano Lira Del Canto has been announced as a Apereo Fellow. Maximiliano is a software developer and consultant who works for the University of Cologne in Germany in the Regionales Rechenzentrum (RRZK). He graduated as a Telematics engineer from Santa Maria Technical University, Valparaíso, Chile. He has been a member of the Opencast community since 2015. In 2018 he began contributing code, documentation, translations, and answers to questions about Opencast. Maximiliano also participated as release manager for the version 7 of Opencast. Some of the key areas that he has contributed to involve the use of GPU processing in media systems and the development of tools for Opencast.

During his time as a Apereo Fellow he will continue helping development within Opencast, as well as helping other adopters and speaking at conferences about his work.

Community contribution by ssystems and their customers

The Opencast board is happy to report German software provider ssystems (https://www.ssystems.de/) has contributed a significant amount of money to the Opencast community. It is part of ssystem’s  policy to obtain a “community contribution” as part of the services they are providing to their customers. The Opencast board honours this support and would like to express its thankfulness to both ssystems and their customers.