As we approach the end of 2016, let's have a look at some of the tools that the Islandora community has built and shared this year. You can find these and more on the Islandora Awesome list, but in case you missed them when they came out, here are the highlights:
Islandora On The Day - This tool from SFU's Mark Jordan is a utility module that queries Solr for objects whose date fields contain a month and day equal to the current day's. The module displays a gallery of thumbnails at /onthisday for the objects it finds in Solr, with results that look like this:
Islandora URL Redirector - This one from BCELN's Brandon Weigel is a migration module that preserves permalinks the repository the objects migrated from. When an incoming URL matches a defined pattern, the module looks up an object's old "permanent" URL from an identifier field and redirects the viewer to its new home in Islandora. This module can work in multiple ways:
- Install on the new Islandora repository, if you kept the same domain name
- Install on the old repository if it uses a Drupal front end
- Build a new Drupal site using this module, and point your old domain name there
Islandora Twitter Cards - Another offering from Brandon Weigel, this module adds Twitter-recognized meta tags to the HTML headers on Islandora objects based on MODS metadata. These tags enable Twitter to render Twitter Cards when Islandora content is tweeted. It can also handle Facebook meta tags.
Islandora Managed Access - This one comes to us from Florida State University. It was created "to fit a use case where certain Islandora objects should show up in collection browsing and search results, but require a user to register an account in order to view said object so that repository administrators may keep track of who is looking at it (similar in concept to an archival reading room)." They are soliciting use cases to help refine how it works, so if you have feedback, please visit the Islandora listserv and let Bryan Brown know.