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Late last year, a working group of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) released a report with recommendations to adopt "new technologies, standards, and protocols that will help repositories become more integrated into the web environment and enable them to play a larger role in the scholarly communication ecosystem." Islandora's own Institutional Repository Interest Group took up the report
I've taken the liberty of putting CLAW's Drupal modules on drupal.org as sandbox projects. It is my intention to promote these to full projects once CLAW is released so that our modules can be distributed through drupal.org and made available under the 'drupal' namespace on Packagist. We've always been on the sidelines of the Drupal community, and this feels like a step in the right direction. Not only will our modules be available somewhere other than just Github, but Islandora will also get exposure to the wider Dru
The Islandora community wrapped up our first Nova Scotian iCamp last week, having spent three days learning and sharing with this amazing Mount Saint Vincent University view as a backdrop:
We opened bit with an update about the state of Islandora CLAW and all of the features it already has in place as it races towards a first release:
Have you ever been interested in Islandora CLAW, but thought to yourself "How the heck am I going to get my data into this thing?" We at the Islandora Foundation want to provide an answer to that question, but we're gonna need your help to pull it off. We're seeking community contributions as we scope, design, and implement a basic migration from Islandora 7.x to CLAW using Drupal's Migrate ecosystem.
If you're at OR2018 this year (or planning to watch some sessions online when it's over) and you're wondering where to find the Islandora, we have some suggestions. Not all of these sessions are directly about Islandora, but they are from members of the Islandora community and institutions that deploy it, or deal with topics that are near and dear to Islandora's development:
We've had another very successful community sprint, bringing us one step closer to our goals for a community developed installer for Islandora. This sprint's objectives were to finish bringing claw-playbook to feature parity with claw_vagrant, begin work on CENTOS support, and begin breaking apart the code to make multi-server setups possible.
The Islandora CLAW committers have asked Natkeeran Ledchumykanthan to become a committer and we are pleased to announce that he has accepted!
Nat has worked with the project for a while now and has contributed both code and documentation to Islandora CLAW. He’s been very active in our development workflow, reviewing and testing pull requests and filing issues for bugs he encounters.
Thank you Nat for all the time you’ve put into this project. We are all looking forward to working with you as a committer and feel that you are a valuable addition to our team.
After a very successful sprint install sprint, we now have a functional Ansible installer, claw-playbook, which is very close to feature parity with our original vagrant installer, claw_vagrant. In order to take claw-playbook over the finish line and continue its development, the Islandora Foundation is seeking volunteers for stakeholders in a community sprint.