We're going to DrupalCon Global!

DrupalCon LogoOn July 14, the Islandora Foundation will be presenting the session "Drupal as a Digital Asset Management System" at DrupalCon Global, and joining the Libraries Summit for a lightning talk and Q&A session. We had been planning to give this same session as a live presentation at DrupalCon Minneapolis in May, so we're thrilled to still have an opportunity to connect with the broader Drupal community, now on an even more global scale.

DrupalCon Global will unite an international community for three days of live events hosted daily July 14 - 16, 2020. If you'd like to join us, and expand your own Drupal network and knowledge base, tickets are $249 USD and include:

  • Full access to all conference events July 14 - 17
  • Live events including interactive sessions, mini summits, and professional development sessions
  • On-demand access to the video library
  • Special attendee-only offers from sponsors

Islandora Online: First event now open for registration!

We are very pleased to announce that the first of our four Islandora Online event has a full schedule and is ready for your registration:


Islandora Online is a series of four online events, each around five hours long (including breaks), focused on a specific topic of interest to the Islandora community. Each event contains a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and small group discussions, with optional social events during breaks. Some sessions will be recorded and you are welcome to determine your own level of participation and join/leave the event as needed.

Registration is free, but we are asking that you consider a small donation if you can. Donations will be used to offset the cost of the platform we're using for the events, with any profit above that going to fund the Islandora Foundation and its mission to steward the Islandora platform and community. The Islandora Foundation does not rely on events for our operational funding, but we operate on very small margins and our usual calendar of face-to-face events provides a small safety net that we'll be doing without for a while. 

No donation? No problem! We made registration free because we want to throw open the doors and welcome as much of our community as possible.


Islandora Online: Topics and Call for Proposals

Thank you very much to everyone who took part in our topics survey for Islandora Online. The topics will be:

Islandora 8 - General information and training

Metadata - Moving it, cleaning it up, and translating it into Islandora 8

Migrations - Moving into Islandora 8 from Islandora 7 and more

Institutional Repositories - Meeting IR needs with Islandora 8


Have something cool to share under these headings? Please send it in to our Call for Proposals: https://forms.gle/h9JjtTRm58mjj5tf7. The CFP will be open until June 10.

Islandora Online will take the form of four online events, around four hours each, focused on a specific topic of interest to the islandora community, Each event will have a mix of presentations, panel discussion, and small group discussion, with some optional “social” components to break up the time. Regular sessions should be roughly 20 minutes (plus time for questions), Panels run for around 40 minutes, and Lightning Talks are five minutes each.

Islandora Online will be held over July 2020.

What's New

Our website has been overhauled in a big way. We have moved to Drupal 8, changed our look, and shifted content around to make it easier to find the Islandora information and resources that you need. Can't find something you expect from the old site? Let us know and we'll get it fixed.


A screenshot of the old islandora.ca


How do you like the new website?

We've made the move to Drupal 8 and taken it as an opportunity for a redesign. We'd like your feedback so we can continue to improve. Please let us know if you had trouble finding anything, or if you have any other comments to share, by taking this brief survey.

Islandora 8 v1.1.0 Now Available!

The Islandora Foundation is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Islandora 8 version 1.1.0!  After the last release, we polled the community for the most wanted features for Islandora 8.  This release adds several of the most requested features and enhancements from the polling results:

  • Paged Content

    • Order sequences of content using a weight field
    • Generate IIIF manifests for presenting paged content
    • View paged content with the Openseadragon viewer
  • Extracted Text

    • Extract text from both TIFFs and PDFs
    • Extracted text can be indexed in Solr
  • FITS Derivatives

    • FITS XML is generated for new file uploads
  • Versioning

    • Drupal revisions create Memento versions in Fedora
  • OAI-PMH Endpoint

    • Configurable using views
  • Better Search / Discovery

    • Default configuration for search indexing
    • Default configuration for faceting


If you would like to try Islandora 8 v1.1.0 for yourself, we have three options for you:

  1. A sandbox of v1.1.0 is available to play with at future.islandora.ca.
  2. A virtualbox VM is available for download here.
  3. You can install a development or production environment using our Ansible playbook, which has a corresponding 1.1.0 release.

If you are already running Islandora 8 v1.0.0, an example script for updating to 1.1.0 can be found here.


This software is made possible by volunteer contributions from community members and organizations.  The fact that this many major features have all been developed and contributed on a voluntary basis shows just how talented, amazing, and dedicated our community is!  We truly could not do this without you.  We’d like to thank each and every one of the people who have helped us deliver this software:  


  • Aaron Birkland
  • Alan Stanley
  • Alex Kent
  • Alexander O’Neill
  • Bethany Seeger
  • Caleb Derven
  • Charlie Tillay
  • Daniel Aitken
  • Danny Bernstein
  • David Keiser-Clark
  • Debbie Flitner
  • Don Richards
  • Eli Zoller
  • Gavin Morris
  • Ian Song
  • Janice Banser
  • Jared Whiklo
  • Jeff Rubin
  • Joe Corall
  • Jonathan Hunt
  • Mark Jordan
  • Melissa Anez
  • Mike Bolam
  • Minnie Rangel
  • Nat Kanthan
  • Rosie Le Faive
  • Samantha Miker
  • Seth Shaw
  • Wilhelmina Randtke
  • William Matheson
  • Willow Gillingham
  • Yamil Suarez

The Islandora Foundation joins the Drupal Association

The Islandora Foundation has joined the Drupal Supporting Partner Program. The Drupal association has been fairly candid about the impact that losing Drupalcon and other live events is having on their operating budget (see this announcement), and we want to do our part to help.  

Drupal is the backbone of Islandora, and our community has benefited immeasurably from the work of the larger Drupal community. We would like to encourage our users to consider joining us in supporting the Drupal Association, as individual members. For the rest of this month, your contribution can have extra impact, as individual donations/memberships are being matched 3:1 by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert and his spouse Vanessa Buytaert, and a coalition of Drupal business, through the end of April: https://www.drupal.org/association/drupal-cares-challenge

Drupal Association Badge

A message for our community in light of COVID-19

In light of the unprecedented times that we’re all going through, we wanted to share some information and resources for the Islandora community. The Islandora Foundation itself has always been a virtual office, with both employees working from home and all meetings taking place online, so we’ve been very fortunate in being able to continue with the business of Islandora more or less as we always have. Much of our community, however, has made this transition very recently and very suddenly. 

Isolation keeps us and our communities healthy, but it’s... isolating. We’d like to help our community to feel a little more connected, in whatever small ways we can. We’re leaving space at the start of our community meetings for folks to check in and chat. The door is also open in Islandora Slack, including a #watercooler channel if you just want to share. If you’re working from home and finding gaps in your day from paused projects or other work that can’t be done right now, we’d be happy to help you fill those gaps with open source engagement or learning opportunities:

Islandoracon 2021 - Seeking Expressions of Interest

The Islandora Foundation is seeking Expressions of Interest to host the 2021 Islandora Conference (Islandoracon). 

This will be the fourth iteration of our community’s largest gathering. Previous Islandoracon locations include:


  • 2015: University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE
  • 2017: MacMaster University, Hamilton, ON
  • 2019: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC


Deadline for submissions: July 31, 2020



  • The host must cover the cost of the venue (whether by offering your own space or paying the rent on a venue). All other costs (transportation, catering, supplies, etc) will be covered by the Islandora Foundation. The venue must have:

    • Space for up to 150 attendees total, with room for at least two simultaneous tracks, and additional pre-conference workshop facilities, with appropriate A/V equipment. Laptop-friendly seating a requirement.

    • On-site quiet room or sensory friendly room (a small room away from the bustle of the conference) for attendee use.

    • Provides wireless internet capable of supporting 150+ simultaneous connections, at no extra charge for conference attendees.

    • A location convenient to an airport and hotels (or other accommodations, such as student housing)

    • A local planning committee willing to help with organization

    • A location that is accessible and inclusive. This includes, but isn’t limited to:

      • Available gender neutral or trans-friendly bathrooms.

      • Available accessible and/or family bathrooms. 

      • Catering options that can accommodate different dietary needs.

      • Rooms and entrances that are accessible for those with limited mobility

  • The host is not responsible for developing the Islandoracon program, pre-conference events, sponsorships, or social events.


The EOI must include:


  • The name of the institution(s)

  • Primary contact (with email)

  • Proposed location, with a brief description of amenities, travel, and other considerations that would make it a good location for the conference.

  • A proposed time of year. We do not have a fixed schedule, so if there is a season when your venue is particularly attractive, the conference dates can move accordingly.


The location will be selected by Islandora staff in consultation with the Islandora Coordinating Committee.

The Islandora Foundation is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive space for our entire community. As such, Islandoracon will not be held in a location where local laws may be in conflict with our Code of Conduct.