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.

Discount Structure

At DCE, we are committed to the open source principles of transparency and sharing.  We’ve made a few changes to this year’s rate sheet which we hope embody these ideas.

  1. Any project we work on that is willing to license deliverables under an appropriate open source license will be eligible for our Open Source rates, which reflect an average 20% discount over our base work-for-hire rates. This reflects the reality that it’s actually more expensive for us not to share our work. Managing the overhead of tracking licensing on individual projects ends up costing us time and money that we would rather not have to charge for.
  2. Clients who choose to work with us on a strict Time-&-Materials basis will be eligible for a 10% discount. Committing to fixed cost projects involves a significant amount of risk and uncertainty for us, especially in light of the flexible and evolving requirements that govern most projects. We appreciate clients who actively engage in managing deliverables with us under a time-and-materials agreement. This is our way of recognizing their willingness to share the risks involved in producing high quality software.
  3. We are a small company and cash-flow is a concern for us. Waiting for payments to come through Accounts Payable departments sometimes gives us grey hairs. Clients who pre-pay (on smaller projects) or agree to net-5 terms (on larger projects) will be eligible for a 5% Early Payment Discount.

For Open Source work, this means that our base rates remain unchanged again this year. In addition, we’re hopeful that a broader number of partners will be able to benefit from our simplified discount structure.

Download the full PDF: DCE Rate Sheet 2014 – Q1