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Islandora CLAW Sprint 008 - Complete!

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The Islandora CLAW project saw its eighth all-volunteer sprint come to a close on Friday with eight completed tasks. You can check out the results here.

Big thanks to our sprinters:

  • Nick Ruest (York University)
  • Jared Whiklo (University of Manitoba)
  • Bryan Brown (Florida State University)
  • Melissa Anez (Islandora Foundation)
  • Diego Pino (
  • Ben Rosner (Barnard College)

Sprint MVP this time around is shared between Jared Whiklo for stepping up as sprint leader, and Ed Fugikawa (University of Wyoming) for opening, working on, and completing an issue during the sprint when he wasn't even sprinting.

The next volunteer sprint is coming up July 18 - 29. If you're interesting in participating, the issues up for grabs are listed here (or suggest some new ones!). Non-developers might be particularly interested in documentation tickets 259 and 281, which are a great way to learn more about Islandora CLAW while creating something useful for your fellow Islandorians. Whatever your interests and skills, if you can give us some of your time, we can almost certainly find a good use for it.

Sign up to sprint here

Membership Update - Lobstometre Rising

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The Islandora Lobstometre gets another bump this month, courtesy of new members Agile Humanities, the British Columbia Electronic Library Network, and the Marmot Library Network, bringing our total membership funding to $126,000. If we can reach $160,000, we can hire a Technical Lead. Membership comes with many benefits:

Member - $2,000 / year

Included in Initial Membership:

  • 2 Islandora Community Supporter T-Shirts
  • e-badge for organization website

Included in Annual Renewal:

  • 50% discount for 1 Camp registration per year
  • 25% discount Online Training
  • Link to organization website

Collaborator - $4,000 / year

Included in Initial Membership:

  • 3 Islandora Community Supporter T-Shirts
  • e-badge for organization website

Included in Annual Renewal:

  • 1 free Camp registration per year
  • 50% discount Online Training
  • Appointment of 1 representative to IF Roadmap Committee
  • Links to organization sites/collections

Partner - $10,000 / year

Included in Initial Membership:

  • 10 Islandora Community Supporter T-Shirts
  • e-badge for organization website

Included in Annual Renewal:

  • 2 free Camp registrations per year
  • Free access to Training
  • Appoint 1 to IF Board of Directors
  • Appointment of 1 representative to IF Roadmap Committee
  • Links to organization sites/collections
  • Camp booth

Interested in learning more about membership? Ready to join? Please contact us at

Islandora CLAW is moving to Drupal 8

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The initial phases of Islandora CLAW development worked with Drupal 7 as a front-end, but Islandora CLAW has been architected with a pivot to Drupal 8 in mind from its very inception. Drupal 8 has been officially released and development has begun on Drupal 9. Drupal policy will see Drupal 7 become unsupported when Drupal 9 is released, putting it in the same end-of-life territory as Fedora 3. As of this month, Islandora CLAW development has pivoted fully to Drupal 8, ensuring that when the Islandora Community is ready to make the move, there will be a version of Islandora that functions with the latest and best-supported versions of both our front-end and repository layers by pairing Drupal 8 with Fedora 4. This pivot was approved by the Islandora Roadmap Committee, based on a Drupal 8 Prospectus put forth by the CLAW development team.


New Islandora CLAW Sprint - Sign Up Now!

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Islandora CLAW Community Sprint 08 is coming up at the end of the month, and we want you to join in. New(ish) sprinter Ben Rosner gave us an inside look at what it's like to start working on CLAW as a developer and we have plenty of tasks that an interested newcomer can tackle for Sprint 08. Not a developer? No problem. We've got an extensive documentation ticket to build up written docs from our existing CLAW lessons videos - a great opportunity to learn more while you're creating something that will help other Islandora users.

The sign up sheet is here. We'll have a sprint kick of meeting on June 20 to sort out who is going to do what, and find everyone a job that fits their skills and interests.

Islandora Sessions at OR2016

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The annual Open Repositories conference is kind of a big deal for our community, and we are very pleased with the representation that Islandora will have in Dublin at this year's event, taking place from June 13 - 17. If you're going to be there and want to hear more about Islandora, you should check out the following sessions:

Islandora for Managers (Workshop)

An introductory workshop to provide information about Islandora, and allow users to test drive a full Islandora installation using local virtual machines or the online Islandora sandbox.

Repository Rodeo

Join representatives from the DSpace, Eprints, Fedora, Hydra, Islandora, and Invenio communities as we (briefly) explain what each of our repositories actually does. We'll also talk about our communities, the direction of technical development, strategic priorities and activities, and major trends in the repository space at large.

RDF/LDP Resource/Graph creation and validation using dynamic OWL 2 reasoning in Fedora Commons 4 repositories or “how to kill your in­code data modeling”

This paper introduces practical Ontology reasoning as a fundamental need in curation workflows for LDP/RDF Semantic Web aware repositories and showcases a work­in­progress practical implementation by integrating preservation resources/OWL 2 graph traversal with applied business rules for validation in a distributed ingest and retrieval scenario for Fedora 4, in specific under Islandora­CLAW.

(24x7) FABB Repository. Restoration and enhancement of popular culture objects​

FABB Repository (Fame e ABBondanza – Famine and Feast) is a Repository built with Islandora, Fedora Repository, Solr, Ubuntu, Kvm and Drupal. The project focuses on collecting, organizing and valorizing different objects from Piedmont concerning food and the lack of food, in order to investigate the collective identity of the territory within the frame of Digital Humanities.

Islandora Update: The Conference, the CLAW, and Continuing on...

An overview of recent developments and events in the community of Islandora users and developers. 

State of the CLAW Address

This session will provide an update about what the Islandora CLAW project has achieved, the current state of the software, and the ways in which it is being developed.

From Planning to Publishing: An Open Approach to Data Stewardship

The management of research data has become a priority and challenge for academic institutions. With UPEI Library’s strategic goal of engaging researchers throughout the life cycle, they developed an integrated suite of open source-based services for researchers to help manage their research data throughout the lifecycle including a planning tool; a local dropbox-like service for “working” data; a platform for archiving, publishing, discovery, and citation of research data; and integration with DataCite.

Scaling Islandora

The ingest, access, and storage of high volumes of data can create performance challenges for Islandora. These challenges require hardware and application tuning, integration of new components, and the development new tools to accommodate growing repositories. This presentation will explore customer case studies that demonstrate interim solutions and the extensive, ongoing research and development to find long-term solutions.


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