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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iCamp PEI T-Shirt Contest Winner

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We are very pleased to announce the winner of our T-Shirt Logo design contest: Mark McFate from Grinnell College. Mark's logo incorporates a tag cloud of Islandora concepts and terms as a background for the project's home: Prince Edward Island.

Islandora Camp Logo

In just under a month, you could be wearing this winning logo on your very own Islandora Camp t-shirt. And, not incidentally, participating in our full-day Admin or Developer workshops. Register now to get in on the action.

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Islandora Store

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Did you know we have a store? It's kind of a new thing, now that we have User Guides to put in it. And someday very soon we will add Islandora apparel, for those who want to wear their digital repository choices on their sleeves.

Proceeds from book and clothing sales support the Islandora Foundation, a newly formed non-profit supporting the future development and promotion of the Islandora software and community.

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DAM vs. CMS

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Many times you see the terms DAMS and CMS used interchangeably, which leads to some confusion about what each one is and how they are used.

CMS, or Content Management Systems, were initially created as a way to make website development processes less repetitive and more flexible. These systems became a way to edit, publish, and modify content in one centralized location with an easy to use interface. Content is sometimes referred to as media, and is a broad term that contains many types of digital files (ex:PDF, image, audio, video etc.). While a CMS can be very different depending on what system it is, its primary function will be to present information on websites.

In contrast, DAMS, or Digital Asset Management Systems, deal primarily with digital assets. What’s the difference between a digital asset and content? A digital asset contains, in its source, the right to use it; it belongs to the organization that is going to be storing it. These assets also come in multiple formats. Digital Asset Management itself can refer to the protocols and tasks around ingest, storage, archiving, and distribution of assets. DAMS are the software and hardware systems that make performing these actions possible.

What’s great about the Islandora platform is that it takes advantage of the benefits of both of these systems. By combining the Drupal CMS with Islandora and Fedora, users are given the benefit of a centralized interface in Drupal and the protocol and workflow functionality of a DAM.

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