The Islandora Foundation joins the Drupal Association

The Islandora Foundation has joined the Drupal Supporting Partner Program. The Drupal association has been fairly candid about the impact that losing Drupalcon and other live events is having on their operating budget (see this announcement), and we want to do our part to help.  

Drupal is the backbone of Islandora, and our community has benefited immeasurably from the work of the larger Drupal community. We would like to encourage our users to consider joining us in supporting the Drupal Association, as individual members. For the rest of this month, your contribution can have extra impact, as individual donations/memberships are being matched 3:1 by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert and his spouse Vanessa Buytaert, and a coalition of Drupal business, through the end of April: https://www.drupal.org/association/drupal-cares-challenge


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A message for our community in light of COVID-19

In light of the unprecedented times that we’re all going through, we wanted to share some information and resources for the Islandora community. The Islandora Foundation itself has always been a virtual office, with both employees working from home and all meetings taking place online, so we’ve been very fortunate in being able to continue with the business of Islandora more or less as we always have. Much of our community, however, has made this transition very recently and very suddenly. 

Isolation keeps us and our communities healthy, but it’s... isolating. We’d like to help our community to feel a little more connected, in whatever small ways we can. We’re leaving space at the start of our community meetings for folks to check in and chat. The door is also open in Islandora Slack, including a #watercooler channel if you just want to share. If you’re working from home and finding gaps in your day from paused projects or other work that can’t be done right now, we’d be happy to help you fill those gaps with open source engagement or learning opportunities:

Islandoracon 2021 - Seeking Expressions of Interest

The Islandora Foundation is seeking Expressions of Interest to host the 2021 Islandora Conference (Islandoracon). 

This will be the fourth iteration of our community’s largest gathering. Previous Islandoracon locations include:

 

  • 2015: University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE
  • 2017: MacMaster University, Hamilton, ON
  • 2019: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC

 

Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2020

 

Requirements:

  • The host must cover the cost of the venue (whether by offering your own space or paying the rent on a venue). All other costs (transportation, catering, supplies, etc) will be covered by the Islandora Foundation. The venue must have:

    • Space for up to 150 attendees total, with room for at least two simultaneous tracks, and additional pre-conference workshop facilities, with appropriate A/V equipment. Laptop-friendly seating a requirement.

    • On-site quiet room or sensory friendly room (a small room away from the bustle of the conference) for attendee use.

    • Provides wireless internet capable of supporting 150+ simultaneous connections, at no extra charge for conference attendees.

    • A location convenient to an airport and hotels (or other accommodations, such as student housing)

    • A local planning committee willing to help with organization

    • A location that is accessible and inclusive. This includes, but isn’t limited to:

      • Available gender neutral or trans-friendly bathrooms.

      • Available accessible and/or family bathrooms. 

      • Catering options that can accommodate different dietary needs.

      • Rooms and entrances that are accessible for those with limited mobility

  • The host is not responsible for developing the Islandoracon program, pre-conference events, sponsorships, or social events.

 

The EOI must include:

 

  • The name of the institution(s)

  • Primary contact (with email)

  • Proposed location, with a brief description of amenities, travel, and other considerations that would make it a good location for the conference.

  • A proposed time of year. We do not have a fixed schedule, so if there is a season when your venue is particularly attractive, the conference dates can move accordingly.

 

The location will be selected by Islandora staff in consultation with the Islandora Coordinating Committee.

The Islandora Foundation is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive space for our entire community. As such, Islandoracon will not be held in a location where local laws may be in conflict with our Code of Conduct.

New Committer: Eli Zoller

The Islandora 8 committers have nominated and approved Eli Zoller to join the crew, and we are pleased to announced that he has accepted!

Eli is a recent newcomer to Islandora, but in his short tenure has managed to provide the upcoming versioning features in Islandora 8 v1.1.0. While working for Arizona State University, he has engaged the project in countless ways. Bug reporting, bug fixing, testing, documentation... you name it. He's even got a PR out there for the Mirador viewer :)

We are very lucky to have him focusing his intellect on Islandora 8, and we are very happy to have him joining the project in this new capacity. Further details of the rights and responsibilities of being a Islandora committer can be found here.

New Islandora 8 Committer: Alan Stanley

The Islandora 8 committers have asked Alan Stanley to join their ranks and we are pleased to announced that he has accepted. 

Alan has a long history with Islandora, as a developer, instructor, mentor, and all-around great member of our community. Alan's recent contributions to Islandora 8 include support for ORCID integration, OCR text extraction, and FITS metadata — and stay tuned for some upcoming improvements to content modeling, courtesy of Alan's work at UPEI.

We are extremely grateful for all of the time and effort that Alan has put into Islandora 8, and we couldn't be more excited to have him on board!

Further details of the rights and responsibilities of being a Islandora committer can be found here: https://github.com/Islandora/islandora/wiki/Islandora-Committers

Islandora Camp is Going Back to PEI

Our second Islandora event for 2020 will take Islandora home to where it was born: The University of Prince Edward Island, in beautiful Charlottetown PE. Come join us to learn all about Islandora, network with your community, and maybe tack on a few days to explore one of Canada's most beautiful destinations.

The camp will run from July 20 - 22, following the usual Islandora Camp format with one day of general sessions, a day of hands-on training workshops with tracks for front-end users and developers, and a day of sessions from the community. We hope to see you there!

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New Member: University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Islandora Foundation could not be more happy to welcome our newest member-supporter: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas. One of the earliest adopters of Islandora 8, and a vital supporter who helped to built the platform they are moving to, UNLV has made a huge impact on the Islandora community since they first engaged in 2018. 

We hope you will attend later this month on January 21 when UNLV joins our webinar series to give you a tour of the amazing things they're doing with Islandora 8. Register now for free.

Islandora 8 1.1.0 is Coming Soon: Testers Needed

We're gearing up for the second release of Islandora 8, which boasts a bevy of new community requested and developed features:

  • Paged Content
    • IIIF Manifests
    • Multi-Page Openseadragon
    • Drag-and-drop re-ordering
  • Full text extraction for Images and PDFs
  • Technical metadata extraction using FITS
  • OAI-PMH endpoint
  • Versioning
    • Drupal revisions generate Fedora versions
  • Better Documentation

That's a lot of community contributions!  And that means we need a lot of testing for all those new features, too.  We'll be freezing the code and holding a two-week testing sprint from January 27th to February 7th to make sure everything is good to go for the next release.  So if you're interested in getting your hands on the latest Islandora 8 and don't mind providing us with valuable feedback, please consider signing up to be a tester.  You can find the sign up sheet here.  Commitment is minimal.  We have a spreadsheet of test cases where you can put your name down for as much or as little as you like.  Just run through the test cases you like and let us know if it worked for you or not.  Plus, there will be plenty of people around on Slack or the mailing list to help out if you get stuck or have any questions.  We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Webinar: Paged and Complex Content in Islandora 8

Islandora 8 was released last June without built-in support for paged content. Our community placed a very high priority on correcting that omission and getting books and newspapers ready for migration from collections in islandora 7. Thanks to an incredibly successful community sprint back in September, paged content is in! You can find it now in the latest code in our GitHub (or the latest build with our ansible playbook), in our documentation, and it will be a big part of our next Islandora 8 release, coming in early 2020. 

Our February webinar will explain and demonstrate into how paged content and complex objects are supported in Islandora 8, including integration with IIIF, easy drag & drop interfaces for page order, and multiple viewer options. We will also review versioning support, which will be coming out in the same release.

Register now to join us. Attendance is free and a recording will be posted to our YouTube channel.