Islandora and Metadata - Tuesday, July 28

Moderators: Melissa Anez, Amy Blau, Mirko Hanke, Mike Kemezis, Danny Lamb,  Rosie Le Faive, Jeff Rubin, Brandon Weigel


(Eastern Time)

Session Title



11:00 - 11:10

Welcome and Overview

Welcome everyone to the event, establish norms and schedule, give broad overview of the topic

Speaker: Melissa Anez



11:10 - 11:50

Panel: Building Metadata Profiles in islandora 8

The panel will share concepts, experiences, and recommendations for how to approach building metadata profiles in Islandora 8.  

Speakers: Rosie Le Faive (UPEI), Darnelle Melvin (UNLV), Kristina Spurgin (LYRASIS)

11:50 - 12:00

Full Break

12:00 - 12:30


Break-out Discussions



Break-out Discussions

Attendees divide into break out rooms to discuss the question:  

Pick a kind of digital object. What fields would you expect to use, and how would those fields work?



12:30 - 1:00


Report back



Report back

Groups return to the main conference, spokesperson gives a 5-minute report on what they discussed.



1:00 - 1:30

Full Break

1:30 - 2:00


Grab coffee/lunch, join themed break-out rooms to hang out if desired.


Breakout 1: Skribbl

Join your fellow attendees for some fun using a browser-based drawing game.

Breakout 2: On-Topic Chat

Informal chat about Islandora 8.

Breakout 3: Off-Topic Chat

Informal chat about whatever.

Breakout 4: Crosswords

Complete an online crossword as a group. The moderator streams the crossword and fills out answers while the group guesses.

2:00 - 2:20

Having a field day with metadata work: a project to streamline and standardize metadata ahead of Islandora 8

In this presentation we discuss a metadata clean-up project at Whitman College ahead of our migration to Islandora 8.


We will focus on four main categories of our metadata work: lessons we learned from our previous migration, the process we are using to clean up both metadata fields and their contents, the policies we are writing for our future use, and RDF mapping.



Speakers: Amy Blau, Dana Bronson, Paige Morfitt (Whitman College)


2:20 - 2:40

Managing Content with Islandora Workbench

Islandora Workbench allows users to create, update, and delete Islandora content from anywhere. This session will demonstrate Workbench's abilities and explore several workflows it enables.


Speaker: Mark Jordan (SFU)

2:40 - 3:00

Introducing Linked Data Lookup Field

 Linked Data Lookup Field provides an autocomplete field widget that pulls suggested matches and URLs from authoritative sources.


This session explains how to create a custom lookup configuration entity, as well as how to create a new plugin to handle unsupported query or result formats. I’ll include a primer on Drupal’s config entity and plugin system, and how to use the Drupal console to create a working example.


Speaker: Alexander O’Neill (UPEI)


3:00 - 3:15

Full Break

3:15 - 4:00

Panel: A Panel on Strengthening Metadata in Islandora

You’re trying to be an ally and to belong to an organization that’s equitable. You’re creating collections about a diverse set of communities and people with marginalized identities. You’ve created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee! And, yet, you’re still getting complaints. LGBT people have pointed out that the person you labeled a lesbian woman was probably a straight trans man, but you can’t find secondary historical resources that support changing the description. Should you do it anyway? Your metadata can be read by users who employ screen readers, but your visually impaired student worker can’t create metadata in your system. What can you do to prevent this? A local Indigenous Nation has notified you that you mislabeled a local landmark, but the authorized vocabulary you use doesn’t allow you to describe it with any other term. What do you do?


This panel will share their stories of being negatively affected by the default position of metadata creation and how a diverse workforce at all levels of an organization reinforces its ability to leverage the strengths of Islandora.


Speakers: Paige Morfitt (Whitman College) Alexander O’Neill (UPEI), Charlie Tillay (Tulane), Jenna Walsh (SFU)


Moderator: Melissa Anez (IF)