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Islandora is an open-source software framework designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage, and discover digital assets using a best-practices framework.  Islandora was originally developed by the University of Prince Edward Island's Robertson Library, but is now implemented and contributed to by an ever-growing international community.

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Digital Humanities Summer Institute

6 years 3 weeks

On Thursday, June 6th, Islandora developer Alan Stanley is helping to present a course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute held from June 6-10 at the University of Victoria in BC.

Digital Editions

This course is designed for individuals and groups who are interested in creating scholarly digital editions. Topics covered will include an overview of planning and project management, workflow and labour issues, and tools available for edition production. We will be working with the Modernist Commons (, a collaborative digital editing environment and repository designed by the Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) project in collaboration with Islandora and its software-services company DiscoveryGarden. We will work on both text- and image-based editions, following a modularized edition-production workflow--from ingesting images, processing texts with optical-character-recognition software, uploading born-digital content, performing markup on transcriptions and images, collating variant texts, and displaying text and apparatus in different viewers. By the end of the course, participants will have worked through the practical implementation of a modular, small-scale edition prototype. Basic knowledge of TEI and some familiarity with RDF (specifically the standards of the Open Annotation Collaboration) is strongly recommended but not required. The seminar is open to everyone, although it is specifically tailored to participants of the EMiC project. Participants need not be modernists or Canadianists to take advantage of using open-source software and learning best practices for scholarly editing in digital media.

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Slides from 'Islandora Overview' - an May 2013 Mark Leggott Presentation for PASIG

6 years 1 month

Slides from Mark Leggott's May 2013 presentation at PASIG are available online: see the slides!

In nutshell, this presentation is:

An overview of the Islandora project and open source framework, including sample productions sites. Islandora is a digital asset management system that can accommodate any type of data, and is designed for digital library collections, research data, enterprise document management, and more.

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What are Derivatives? Why do I care?

6 years 1 month

Me? I like the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative's definition for derivatives:

Often called service, access, delivery, viewing, or output files, derivative files are by their nature secondary items, generally not considered to be permanent parts of an archival collection. To produce derivative files, organizations use the archival master file or the production master file as a data source and produce one or more derivatives, each optimized for a particular use. Typical uses (each of which may require a different optimization) include the provision of end-user access; high quality reproduction; or the creation of textual representations via OCR or voice recognition. In many cases, the derivatives intended to serve end-user access employ lossy compression, e.g., JPEG-formatted images, MP3-formatted sound recordings, or RealMedia-formatted video streams. The formats selected for derivative files may become obsolete in a relatively short time.

Or, to be a little shorter and less precise, derivatives are copies of files in different formats that serve both archival and display purposes. In Islandora they are usually created when the asset is ingested into the repository, but they serve several purposes. Derivitives are a pretty standard approach when creating archival packages of content, and disseminating them to the public (for example, derivatives are usually a part of AIP, SIP, and DIP packages).*

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