Islandora Online: Three Down, One to Go!

This year marks the first time we have attempted this kind of large, online-only conference event, and so far we have been thrilled by the response from our community. Thank you very much to all of our guests and speakers!

The first three Islandora Online events are complete, with one more, "Islandora as an Institutional Repository," left to go on August 11th. Registration is still open, and completely free, if you would like to sign up and join us:

Wherever possible, we have linked to the slides from earlier events in their respective schedules, and we are adding recordings to our YouTube channel as we get them processed:

 

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Tell us what you want for Islandora 8 v1.2.0!

After releasing Islandora 8 1.0.0, we at the Islandora Foundation surveyed the community for what features folks wanted next.  We were pleasantly surprised to see a total of 76 responses, which is a large chunk of the 300+ Islandora instances that we know of.  In fact, it was a new record for one of our community surveys.  Because of such an amazing response, the community came together and delivered on several features from the survey, including 5 out of the top 10 most requested!  Now that those features have been released as version 1.1.0, we're back again to ask what you need from Islandora.

The format this time is similar, except we've added one more possible response per feature.  We're asking you to tell us one of four responses for each feature.

  1. My organization needs this feature to consider/continue using Islandora 8
  2. This feature is nice to have, but is not neccessary for my organization's current needs
  3. My organization do not care about this feature at all
  4. It's not exactly clear what this feature is

We've tried to group related features and describe them with as little tech speak as possible. And for each section of the survey, there's also a text area for you to suggest any other features we may have neglected. The poll will close on Friday, August 14th.  Once we've tallied the results, we'll publish an anonymized version of them here for the sake of transparency.   

The community's input is extremely important to us, so please take the time to fill it out if you can.  The responses to this survey will set development priorities for community sprints and build out our road map for the future.  If you are a user of Islandora 8, this is a chance to make your voice heard.  If you are evaluating Islandora 8, this is a chance to let us know what you would need before migrating. Please share this survey with your colleagues!  The more responses we get, the more accurate view we'll get of everyone's common needs.

You can fill out the survey here.  And thanks as always for being involved with our awesome community.  I know I say this every time, but we literally could not do this without you. 
 

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
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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:

https://islandora.ca/events/islandora-online-2020

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


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