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Outgrowing our Shell: Islandora 8

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The name "Islandora CLAW" was always intended as a working name, to give us a quick (and fun) way to refer to the project as a distinct entity from Islandora 7.x. As we approach a first full release of the newest version of Islandora, we're ready to move beyond the nicknames of development and embrace Islandora "CLAW" as a full version of Islandora. In keeping with our Drupal-driven numbering structure from previous versions, the first release of the project-formerly-known-as-CLAW will be Islandora 8. 

In a departure from previous versions, this naming convention will not carry into the actual version numbering. Islandora 8's Committers have committed to semantic versioning, which means that the software will come out as Islandora 8, v. 1.0.0, not Islandora 8.x-1.0.

If you would like to be a part of the process that completes this first release of islandora 8, we're looking for volunteers for a documentation sprint in march. Please sign up!
 

Migrating from Islandora 7.x to Islandora CLAW

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Are you looking ahead to a migration from Islandora 7 to Islandora 8 (CLAW)? The tools to get you there are further along than you might think. In a new video, Islandora's Technical Lead, Danny Lamb, walks through a migration using the migrate_7x_claw module.

Some useful links to learn more or try the tools out for yourself:

Release the Kraken!

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For years it has stirred in the depths of Github, just under the surface in the vast ocean of digital repositories. It has been growing, patiently collecting feature after feature. Now, as we speak, contributions flow from its powerful team of committers. Feeding it. Strengthening it. Integrating with ever more software, nothing is safe from its might. And now, the time of its release is nigh!


"Dracula vs. the giant squid" by massdistraction is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It's been a long time in the making. From humble beginnings back with Drupal 7 and Fedora 4, its development been a true community effort that has spanned major version changes in both underlying technologies. Now with Drupal 8 and Fedora 5, we're ready to shed the code name of CLAW and officially become Islandora 8. And we need your help to do it.

Releasing Islandora has always had three components to it:

  • Auditing
  • Documentation
  • Testing
And we need volunteers for all three. We'll be doing things a bit differently this time around, though. This release will be run as two consecutive sprints: one for auditing/documentation and another for testing.

As with most projects under heavy development, our feature set has outgrown our documentation. And if we want it to be testable, we need to have up to date and accurate documentation to give our end users. We've compiled a list of what we feel is required for documentation for a 1.0 release, and we're asking everybody out there to give this document a review. Feel free to comment, leave suggestions, or ask questions if you feel there's anything that we've missed.

The auditing/documentation sprint will be held for two weeks, from March 4th to the 15th, and we'll try to knock out everything on our wish list. If you or your organization are interested in helping us show the world all the things they can do with the new Islandora, please add your names to the sprint signup sheet. All you need to know is how to write in markdown and a Github account, so even if you don't have any experience with Islandora 8, it's a great chance to get some experience with the software and provide us with your thoughts and feedback while documenting. In fact, the more fresh eyes we can get on it, the better. Also, the committers are encouraged to join in and make themselves available to answer questions, lend a hand, and merge those documentation PRs.

After we're done, the committers will be given time to address any issues found that are deemed critical. And if all is well, we'll freeze the code, make our release branches, and slice a release candidate for our testing sprint, which will be held on April 8th to 19th. During this time, we'll try our best to do our worst to the software. We'll be entering garbage data, throwing funny characters into text fields, uploading horrendous tiffs, and much, much more. There will be more details to follow after our documentation/auditing sprint.

It's an exciting time for Islandora, and we hope that you'll take part in it. This is the culmination of several years of community effort, and we'd like to thank everyone that's had a role in the process. Every commit, code review, and bit of testing adds up to a world class repository software that can meet the needs of small and large institutions alike. It really proves how strong and sustainable the Islandora community is. It's been a long and exciting ride, and we sincerely hope you'll join us for the home stretch!

New Islandora CLAW Committers: Rosie Le Faive and Mark Jordan

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In recognition of their many contributions to the community and to the development of Islandora CLAW, the Islandora CLAW committers have asked Rosie Le Faive (UPEI) and Mark Jordan (SFU) to become a committers and we are pleased to announce that they have accepted!

Rosie has brought her dedication to user experience and documentation from the 7.x stack to Islandora CLAW, providing guidance on how to improve the front end and working as the convenor of the UI Interest Group (currently on hiatus) to develop a welcoming first experience for the Islandora CLAW sandbox environment. As co-convenor of the Metadata Interest Group, Rosie has also been integral to the process of plotting out our MODS to RDF mapping so that users of Islandora 7.x can make the move to Islandora CLAW with their MODS in tow.

Mark has joined the Islandora CLAW party more recently, but hit the ground running, developing tools such as RipRap, a fixity-auditing microservice that acts as a successor to Islandora Checksum Checker. Mark's focus on preservation tools fills an important gap in the CLAW ecosystem.

Both Rosie and Mark are also Committers on Islandora 7.x, and now join the short list of dual Committers.

Further details of the rights and responsibilities of being a Islandora committer can be found here:

https://github.com/Islandora/islandora/wiki/Islandora-Committers

Open for Revew - Technical Roadmap

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At our last Annual General Meeting, a list of strategic goals were approved by our membership. In order to fulfill:

Create a roadmap for the future of the Islandora platform, including tools and strategies for migration

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG for short) has been working on a prioritized list of upcoming features and improvements for Islandora CLAW to help guide its development. We're aiming to release Islandora CLAW (and drop the CLAW codename) after 7.x-1.12 is released. Once that happens, this roadmap will be used to set sprint goals and other development priorities. We're opening up the roadmap to review by the entire community, and are asking for your feedback. You can leave comments either in this google doc or in the individual Github issues. We've also ranked these issues using a Github project.

Priority was agreed upon following the general rule of providing "must-have" features before migration. In other words, features which, if missing, would prevent someone from adopting the software should receive higher priority. Documentation and examples involving migrations ranked first, with multi-site support following up second. Also on the list are features built around the Fedora API specification, UI/UX improvements, new derivatives, and a lot more.

If there's anything you think is missing that's high priority, feel free to leave a suggestion in the google doc, or create an issue on Github and give it the Roadmap label. This is your chance to help shape the development of the project, so if you really need something before migrating in, this is a good opportunity to have your voice heard. After this review, the finalized list of features will be presented to the Board of Directors for approval. Once approved, the roadmap will be prominently displayed on our web site to help give people a sense of the direction of the software.

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