2014 Year in Review

In this season of thanksgiving and celebration, we’re looking back over 2014. From training to bespoke code to shared Hydra features to laying the groundwork for turn-key Hydra solutions, we spent the year closely involved in moving the Hydra project and the broader digital repositories conversation forward.

Here are some highlights from a very busy year:

Hydra Training and Outreach

  • We hosted 5 Hydra Camps this year including public camps at Yale University, Trinity College Dublin, and in our Minneapolis offices alongside two private camps to help Dartmouth College and the University of Alberta kick off major Hydra initiatives.
  • We spearheaded Dive into Hydra sessions at DLF, Open Repositories 2015, and both HydraConnect events.
  • As part of the HydraDAM project, we developed comprehensive installation instructions which can also be useful for other Sufia and Worthwhile based applications.
  • We led multiple public demos including a live demo of HydraDAM for the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ annual conference.
  • We helped plan and execute both Hydra Connect events this year and are looking forward to Hydra Connect #3 in Fall 2015.
  • Among the many institutions we helped introduce to the Hydra project, four institutions committed to becoming Hydra Partners this year: Tufts University, University of Alberta, Princeton University, and Case Western University.

New Gems & Projects

  • The worthwhile gem – a lightweight IR supporting complex digital objects (the object prototype for Hydra Works)
  • The blacklight_folders gem – a blacklight plugin for grouping and organizing bookmarks in folders
  • Batch ingest for Tufts MIRA admin head –  a building block for a more generalized batch solution in 2015
  • The tufts-image-library – an image head supporting ordered collections and slideshows inspired by Northwestern’s DIL project
  • Digital Case 2.0 – a full-featured IR based on the worthwhile gem
  • Hull History Centre – a blacklight search interface for cross-institutional collections, with EAD import capability

Additional Community Contributions

  • Work on fluctus, the admin interface for APTrust
  • Feature development for the initial release of Spotlight
  • ActiveFedora upgrades to support Fedora 4
  • Sufia upgrades to support Fedora 4
  • Lease & embargo functionality (developed for Digital Case 2.0, incorporated in core hydra codebase)
  • Hydra design and coding contributions at developers’ events in Palo Alto and Portland

Thanks to our clients and colleagues for a great 2014! We look forward to continuing our work and collaborations throughout the coming year.

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