We have been noticing a lot of conversations in the Islandora community lately around common needs, wants, and issues facing institutions and how Islandora can be altered to provide solutions. Topics such as preservation, linked data, and research data, to name just a few. In the interest of promoting collaboration and resource sharing on these important topics, we are very happy to announce a set of guidelines for forming official Islandora Interest Groups, with the support and promotion of the Islandora Foundation. The full details are on our Establishing Islandora Interest Groups page, but in brief the concept is:
Islandora Interest Groups are those Islandora Community Members that come together around a particular topic relevant to the Islandora ecosystem. The purpose of the interest group is to provide a forum for information exchange, mentorship and development within a limited area of interest and to report findings, submit code, documentation, recommendations as appropriate to the Islandora Roadmap Committee on matters of wider interest relating to the area of expertise. Normally the interest group will be composed of a convener to manage the ‘business’ of the group and members of the community.
The formation of the first group has been launched by UPEI's Donald Moses and anyone interested is invited to participate and comment on the group proposal. Established Interest Groups will be listed on the Islandora Foundation's Board and Interest Groups page and anyone in the Islandora community is welcome to come forward with a proposal for a new group.