What is Islandora CLAW?

Have you heard talk in the Islandora community lately about Islandora CLAW? Been wondering what that is?

As many of you are aware, the Islandora Community has been working on a new version that will be compatible with Fedora 4. We use an approximation of Drupal versioning for our own versions, so we fell into referring to that project as Islandora 7.x-2.x, with the current Fedora 3 compatible stack as Islandora 7.x-1.x. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

After any number of discussions, and several public presentations, about Islandora 7.x-2.x and its development, the project team proposed that maybe we could give it a working name that would be easier to reference, and more distinct from the Fedora 3 compatible stack, so we could stop rattling off numbers. The proposal went to the Islandora Roadmap Committee a few weeks ago, tied to a proposal to move 7.x-2.x development out of Islandora-Labs and into its own GitHub organization. A few names were bounced around, but in the end, we settled on a self-referential backronym: CLAW Linked Asset WebFramework, or just plain CLAW. And because a good number of us watched Inspector Gadget growing up, out lobster mascot got some extra gear.

And there you have it. Islandora CLAW is Islandora 7.x-2.x, just easier to say, and with an adorable mascot.