Fresh off the heels of our survey for what features to implement next, we're following through on the number one requested feature: paged content. For those who aren't familiar with the terminology, paged content is how we describe books/newspapers/journals/etc... where each page has been scanned individually as a high resolution image. In order to state that we fully support paged content, there's a handful of things Islandora 8 needs to be capable of doing:
- Order pages trhough the UI
- Render pages in a compatible viewer (IABV or Openseadragon)
- Extract text from scanned pages so they are discoverable
A couple of organizations (UT Austin, UNLV) have already made some progress on these fronts, but in order to take that work over the finish line, we need your help! We're holding a two week sprint from September 3rd - 13th to put our heads together and get this done. So if you or your organization have an interest in using paged content in Islandora (that's at least 66 of you from the survey results!), then please put your name down on our sign up sheet. You don't neccessarily have to be a programmer to pitch in, either. There's plenty of configuration/documentation/testing that you can contribute. And if you haven't done so already, please fill out a contributor license agreement when signing up.