Islandora and Migration - Tuesday, August 4

Moderators: Melissa Anez, Mirko Hanke, Danny Lamb, Rosie Le Faive, Jeff Rubin


(Eastern Time)

Session Title



8:30 - 8:40

Welcome and Overview

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

Speaker: Melissa Anez



8:40 - 9:00

Case Study on Archives Central

Outline of Islandora 8 as used for including metadata mapping to Records in Contexts ontology. Will also describe migration from Kete via SQL and CSV.





Speaker: Jonathan Hunt (Catalyst)




9:00 - 9:20

Drupal Migrate Internals, adapting Migrate for non-MODS metadata

A look at how the Drupal Migrate system works, from experience acquired migrating research datasets from Drupal 7 into a Research Data Management platform in Islandora 8.


Main topics will be:

  • Creating a migration YML that reads from non-MODS XML.
  • Migrate’s internal data structures and processing explained.
  • When and how to create your own plugins.



Speaker: Alexander O'Neill (UPEI)

9:20 - 9:40

Moving into Islandora 8 from Islandora 7

We'd like to talk about our experience migrating data from I7 to I8.

Speakers: Jordan Dukart and Adam Vessey (discoverygarden, Inc.)

9:40 - 10:00

Fedora Migration Paths and Tools: Grant Project Summary

The DuraSpace Community Supported Programs division at LYRASIS will undertake an 18-month project to develop, pilot, and document tools and paths to migrate from Fedora 3.x to Fedora 6.x (and beyond). The project is the result of a year-long planning effort funded by IMLS National Leadership Grant LG-72-18-0204-18, which investigated barriers to migrations and upgrades at institutions running older versions of Fedora.


Through two in-depth pilots, LYRASIS and the Fedora community will produce tools, documentation, paths, case studies, and best practices to support and improve the migration process for Fedora 3 repositories. This presentation will provide an overview of the project plan and discuss related work that is already happening to support the migration effort.

Speaker: David WIlcox (LYRASIS)

10:00 - 10:30

Full Break

10:30 - 11:00


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.

11:00 - 11:20

Islandora Migration Tools

A quick look at the current tools available for migrating content into Islandora 8, including the Islandora 7 -> 8 migration path.

Speaker: Danny Lamb

11:20 - 11:40

CONTENTdm to Islandora 8; Remediation & Migration



The University Libraries at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas have been digitizing collections and providing access in CONTENTdm for nearly 2 decades. The recent adoption of Islandora 8 and "moving house" provided an opportunity to re-envision discoverability and an opportunity to remediate metadata created using varied practices over the years and making it linked-data ready before loading it into the new system.



In this presentation, a Special Collections Metadata Librarian and an Applications Developer will discuss their workflow design, strategies for remediating metadata, low barrier linked data enhancements that add value to existing records, and finally migrating content into Islandora 8.

 Speakers: Darnelle Melvin and Seth Shaw (UNLV)

11:40 - 12:00

Full Break

12:00 - 12:30

Break-out Discussions

Attendees divide into break out rooms to discuss the question:  What do you need to consider before migrating? What goes on your “Migration Checklist?”


12:30 - 1:00

Report back

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

Moderator: Melissa Anez