Red Island Repository Institute 2011

The Red Island Repository Institute returns!

Cost: $2800.00 (additional non-registrant $1500.00)

This year's Institute will be held between September 17th-23rd. We are planning to have 2 streams this year: Digital Humanities and Science Data. Come and learn about cutting-edge repository technologies with like minded folk on beautiful Prince Edward Island. 

For this year's event, we have exclusively booked Dalvay by the Sea, a resort converted from the Alexander Macdonald mansion (built 1895). We'll be 100m from the ocean, and just 20 minutes from Charlottetown. There are both cottages and rooms available. Registration covers the cost of your room, from Saturday night to the following Friday morning.

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If you have any questions about this year's conference, or would like to reserve your registration please contact You can also reach us at (902) 566-0343.


Instructors: Bradley McLean, Chris Wilper, Steve Bayliss, Mark Leggott, Bess Sadler, Tom Cramer, Matt Zumwalt, Dean Irvine, Mariana Paredes-Olea, Donald Moses, Kirsta Stapelfeldt (and other members of the IslandoraTeam)

Bradley McLean

Experienced technology team builder, leader, architect, and manager with a strong inclination towards multi-vendor and open source solutions. Successful leadership of large scale consumer website development, knowledge indexing and retrieval development, construction of a data center, and ongoing IT services for 75 users. Interested in entrepreneurial opportunities that include a new technology component.

Chris Wilper

Chris is the technical lead for the Fedora repository project and coordinates community participation in the open source development process.

Mark Leggott
I am currently University Librarian at the University of Prince Edward Island, which is Canada's best small university. And it's on an island - how can you beat that? I am also the President and CEO of DiscoveryGarden which is a private company providing a full slate of commercial services for the Islandora/Drupal/Fedora framework and the Founding Director of the Knowledge for All Project, whose goal is to create a public domain database of all scholarly literature.

Bess Sadler

Tom Cramer
Tom Cramer is the Chief Technology Strategist and Associate Director of Digital Library Systems and Services for the Stanford University Libraries. In this role, he oversees the technical development and delivery of the full complement of Stanford’s digital library activities, including the digitization, description, discovery, delivery, preservation and management of digital resources that support teaching, learning and research.

Tom is one of the founders of the Hydra Project and an active contributor to Blacklight, open source projects rooted in higher education that deal with digital asset management and discovery. He currently serves as the director of PASIG, the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest and as a steering group member for Open Repositories.  

Matt Zumwalt

Matt Zumwalt is the Founder and Director of MediaShelf, LLC.MediaShelf operates in the field of Digital Asset Managment, but we go much further than that. Matt is an internationally recognized expert on Fedora, a powerful, open source digital asset management system. He coordinates the "Fedora Create" developer community, and he has given public talks on the system in both the United States and Europe.

Dean Irvine
Dean Irvine is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University. He is the editor of Archive for Our Times: Previously Uncollected and Unpublished Poems of Dorothy Livesay (1998), Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson, 1924-1961 (2003), and The Canadian Modernists Meet (2005). His edition of F.R. Scott'’s complete poems and translations is forthcoming in the Canadian Modern Poets: Texts and Contexts series (Canadian Poetry Press). He is the author of Editing Modernity: Women and Little-Magazine Cultures in Canada (2008), and is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Variant Readings: Editing Canadian Literature. As general editor of the Canadian Literature Collection/Collection de littérature canadienne (University of Ottawa Press), a new series of critical editions with online apparatus, and director of the Editing Modernism in Canada project, he is engaged in a wide range of collaborative editorial projects in print and digital media.

Donald Moses
Donald Moses is the Collections and eResources Librarian at the Robertson Library, University of Prince Edward Island. His work at the library straddles the traditional and the digital and he manages many of the digitization projects at the Library. Much of that digitization work is transformed as it flows into Islandora – a digital asset management system that leverages Fedora Commons and Drupal.  He works with the Islandora team to test and extend the code they are developing to meet an evolving set of needs, including those of Digital Humanists.

Kirsta Stapelfeldt
Kirsta Stapelfeldt is the Repository Manager at the University of Prince Edward Island and manager of UPEI's Islandora project. Through the Robertson Library's Virtual Research Environment Service (VRE service), librarians and developers at UPEI are supporting over 140 repository projects. UPEI's repositories and research environments are developed using the highly-flexible Islandora open-source software stack. Islandora empowers researchers to collaborate with off-site colleagues, store and manipulate data sets, and publish research findings, and is used to house UPEI's local digitization projects. Islandora and the VRE service were founded by University Librarian Mark Leggott, and have inspired innovation in funding and management, transforming the role of librarians and the library at UPEI. Kirsta is a graduate of Dalhousie's MLIS program, with a background in project management, online information literacy, knowledge translation, communication, and university teaching.


This year RiRi will provide instruction based on 2 core collections as examples: science data (herbarium) and a digital humanities collection (audio and/or manuscripts), with the creation of an Institutional Repository collection as an optional outcome in the hands-on sessions. We will also tie DuraCloud through the full agenda as a core component of the Fedora ecosystem.

  • Saturday Sept 17

    • Half Day (Afternoon), Intros and Fun Time (Lawn Bowling & Beach Strolling)

    • Opening Dinner (Lobster and Other Seaside Goodies) @ 7:30 (Bar opens at 5:30)

  • Sunday Sept 18

    • 8:30 - 9:00    Breakfast & Welcome (Mark)

    • 9:00 - 10:30    DuraSpace/Fedora Project Update (Bradley)

    • 10:30 - 11:00    Break

    • 11:00 - 12:30    Fedora Architecture & Overview (Chris)

    • 12:00 - 1:30    Lunch

    • 1:30 - 2:30    Fedora Application/Solution Bundles Landscape (Mark/Tom/Bradley-Others)

    • 2:30 - 3:00    Break

    • 3:00 - 4:30    Project Examples & Approaches (various)

    • 6:00 - 11:00    Dinner and Musical Entertainment

  • Monday Sept 19

    • 8:30 - 9:00    Breakfast & Welcome (Mark)

    • 9:00 - 10:30    Content Modelling and Disseminators (Chris/Steve)

    • 10:30-11:00     Break

    • 11:00 - 12:30    The Search Layer: GSearch, Mulgara, Solr, Lucene (Bess/Alan)

    • 12:00 - 2:00    Lunch

    • 2:00 - 2:45    Data Intensive eResearch (Mark)

    • 2:45 - 3:30    Digital Humanities Collections (Matt/Dean/Susan)

    • 3:30 - 4:00    Break

    • 4:00 - 5:00    DuraCloud: Integrating Cloud and Repository Services (Chris/Bradley)

    • 6:00              Dinner Starts

    • Evening        Free Time

  • Tuesday Sept 20

    • 8:30 - 12:00      Application Deep Dive #1: Hydra and Islandora (Hydra and Islandora Teams)

    • 12:00        Lunch

    • 1:30 +            Deep Dive Play Time

    • 6:00                 Dinner Starts

  • Wednesday Sept 21

    • 8:30 - 9:00    Breakfast & Welcome (Mark)

    • 9:00 - 9:45    Linked Data, Mulgara, RDF (Chris/Steve)

    • 9:45 - 10:30    Break-Outs

      • DH Breakout: Content Models (Dean/Matt/Donald)

      • SD Breakout: Content Models (Mark/Steve/Chris)

    • 10:30 - 11:00     Break

    • 11:00 - 12:00    

      • DH Breakout #1: Linked Data (Susan/Dean/Donald)

      • SD Breakout #2: Linked Data (Steve/Mark)

    • 12:00 - 1:00       Lunch

    • 1:00 - 2:30    Metadata, Forms and Crosswalks (Donald/Kirsta)

    • 2:30 - 3:00    Break

    • 3:00 - 4:30    Workflows - Data Transformations and Processes (Matt)

    • Evening        Free Time in Charlottetown
              Transportation will be Available to and from Downtown 

  • Thursday Sept 22

    • 8:30 - 9:00    Breakfast & Welcome (Mark)

    • 9:00 - 10:00    DuraCloud Hands On (Bradley/Chris)

    • 10:00 - 10:30    Break

    • 10:30 - 12:00    Trusted Repositories and Security: XACML & FeSL (Steve)

    • 12:00 - 1:00   Lunch

    • 1:00 - 2:30    Lightning Talks (Everyone)

      • List of Talks

    • 2:30 - 3:00    Break

    • 3:00 - 4:00    General Q & A (Everyone)

    • 4:00 - 4:30    Closing Remarks and Discussion (Mark)

    • 6:30 +        Farewell Dinner