Adventist Digital Library

Project: Adventist Digital Library (ADL)

Duration: June 2015 to Present

Objective: Creating a public digital library to preserve and expose collections of materials including books, periodicals, photographs and audio media from the early 19th century to the present.

Strategy: discoverygarden and Adventist Digital Library staff worked closely to refine requirements related to infrastructure and deployment, metadata management, discovery, and building an attractive theme. The process paved the way for installation, customization, training and eventually support and maintenance services. The collaboration provided a swift start to the project and the skills and confidence for Adventist Digital Library staff to be able to ingest content on their own.

Result: The Adventist Digital Library project provided access to two million digital objects by it’s BETA launch in February 2016; eight months after starting the project. The repository now hosts collections from multiple institutions affiliated with the Adventist Church. The project continues to grow as a large backlog of digitized content is described and ingested into the repository. To explore the repository and its materials, visit the website:

Islandora and Fedora Events in NYC, Nov 28-30

discoverygarden and DuraSpace are pleased to announce three digital repository-related events in New York City on November 28, 29, and 30. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet people interested in digital repositories, participate in hands-on learning, ask questions, and access helpful resources. We hope to see you there!

  1. discoverygarden and DuraSpace co-host an Islandora/Fedora social on the evening of November 29 at 6:30 pm. Join us at Bernheim and Schwartz Restaurant & Beer Hall.

The event will feature a selection of appetizers, libations, and an opportunity to meet people involved in the Islandora and Fedora communities.

Bernheim and Schwartz Restaurant & Beer Hall

2911 Broadway New York, NY 10037.

RSVP with Erin Tripp  or David Wilcox

  1. discoverygarden hosts an event on November 30 at the New York Academy of Medicine called “Hello Islandora: Building a Digital Repository”. Half and full day registration available.

Morning Session: This panel discussion will explore multiple uses and implementations of Islandora, an open source digital repository framework.  Panelists will describe their projects, how Islandora was utilized and their overall experience. Speakers include Ben Rosner of Barnard College, Anne Karle-Zenith & Chris Stanton of the Metropolitan New York Library Council, Henry Raine of the New-York Historical Society, and Robin Naughton of The New York Academy of Medicine.

Afternoon Session: This Islandora demonstration will provide users with an overview of how to ingest content, configure the discovery layer and restrict access to content. If participants wish, they can follow along for a hands-on experience using an installation via local virtual machines or an online sandbox.


The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029


  1. Fedora Camp in New York City, hosted by Columbia University Libraries will take place November 28-30, 2016. For those who have limited time available, or if you are interested in a specific aspect of the 3-day curriculum, you may be interested in taking advantage of  Fedora Camp NYC one, two and three day rates.

Day one: A broad overview of Fedora 4, including a feature review, information on Hydra and Islandora, and the rationale for why to choose Fedora as a repository platform. Managers and potential adopters are encouraged to attend this day of the camp.

Day two:  An in-depth explanation of core and external services coupled with hands-on exercises.

Day three: Parallel tracks to accommodate attendees with different interests. Track A focuses on DevOps and performance/scale, while track B focuses on data modelling and migration. The camp will finish with a discussion on future directions for the project.

REGISTER HERE by November 3 to receive a Fedora Camp NYC t-shirt! Cancellations must be made by October 28, 2016 to receive a refund (minus a $35 administrative fee). Cancellations after this date will not be eligible to receive a refund. Contact David Wilcox <> with questions.

About discoverygarden

discoverygarden is a digital repository and asset management firm located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. It has assisted in the installation and development of more than a hundred digital repositories and asset management systems for organizations in the Academic, Museum, Enterprise and Government sectors.


About DuraSpace

DuraSpace (, an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data. We collaborate with academic, scientific, cultural, and technology communities by supporting projects (DSpace, Fedora, VIVO) and creating services (DuraCloud, DSpaceDirect, ArchivesDirect) to help ensure that current and future generations have access to our collective digital heritage. Our values are expressed in our organizational byline, "Committed to our digital future."


Islandora Webinar: Showcasing the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

They say there is nothing better than baseball in October. The team at discoverygarden agrees.  That is why we are pleased to present our next Islandora webinar which will showcase the recent Islandora launch at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (NBHFM).

In the Summer of 2015, discoverygarden was contacted by the NBHFM as they embarked on a mission to conserve, curate and catalog their unparalleled and growing set of historic collections. The objective was to expand their audience and enhance brand recognition by participating more fully within the digital realm.

In September 2016, the NBHFM launched their first online collection entitled ‘PASTIME’ which provides a window into the illustrious career of the Great Bambino, Babe Ruth.

discoverygarden Solutions Architect Stephen Perkins will give a high level presentation about the NBHFM project, and will showcase various custom features that have been implemented.

We hope that you can join us on Tuesday, October 25 at 12pm EDT for another exciting webinar brought to you by discoverygarden.

Warmest Regards,

~ the discoverygarden team


Adam Smith
Business Development Associate

discoverygarden Inc.

Topic:  Islandora Webinar: Showcasing the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Date:   Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time:  12:00 pm EDT

To register for this webinar click the link below, and send us an email. The host will follow up by sending an invitation to the session, including instructions for joining the meeting.


California Historical Society

Project: California Historical Society (CHS)
Duration:September 2015 to Present
Objective:Implement a pilot repository project with the goal of implementing a robust, long-term digital preservation strategy that would:

  • Move data off of legacy systems & storage and into the cloud to lessen IT burden,

  • Collocate all digital assets in one system while avoiding vendor and/ or data lock-in,

  • Provide solutions for preservation and access requirements,

  • Make content more discoverable through harvest to DPLA and other aggregators, and

  • Have a predictable costing model for long-term sustainability.

Strategy: The one-year pilot project involved close collaboration with CHS project staff, discoverygarden staff, as well as staff at Truman Technologies and Komodo Cloud (hosting providers). CHS purchased the Islandora Jumpstart Bundle and the Bronze Level support services from discoverygarden. The services allowed the project to meet major milestones, such as:  

  • Migrating one high priority collection into Islandora,

  • Theming the site to match the organizational brand,

  • Configuring on-site and external discovery setting (Islandora Solr and Islandora OAI), and

  • Focusing on training to build confidence among the project team.

Result: The California Historical Society Digital Library Islandora pilot preserves and exposes Anton Wagner’s Los Angeles, 1932-33, a collection of photographs of urban, suburban, rural and waterfront areas of Los Angeles County.  Next steps in the project include assessment of additional functional requirements, custom development, and adding more content. The pilot repository launch is scheduled for September 30, 2016.  


Hello Islandora: Building a Digital Repository

The New York academy of Medicine & DiscoveryGarden present:

Hello Islandora: Building a Digital Repository

General Information

November 30, 2016
Time: 10am – 5pm
Morning Session: 10am – 1pm
Afternoon Session: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Full day: $60 – both sessions
Half day: $35 – either session

Participants: 30 - 40
Equipment required: Laptop

Audience: Information Professionals (libraries, archives, museums, digital humanities, colleges), historians, grey literature, developers

Register Here!


Morning Session: Developing Islandora Digital Collections (Panel)

This panel discussion will explore multiple uses and implementations of Islandora, an open source digital repository framework.  Panelists will describe their digital projects, how Islandora was utilized and their overall experience.

Afternoon Session: Islandora Demonstration (Hands-on)

Islandora is an OAIS adherent and open source digital repository framework. It combines the Drupal CMS and Fedora Commons repository software, together with additional open source applications, the framework delivers a wide range of functionality out of the box.  

This Islandora demonstration will provide users with an overview of how to ingest content, configure the discovery layer and restrict access to content. If participants wish, they can follow along for a hands-on experience using installation via local virtual machines or an online sandbox.


Erin Tripp (moderator) | DiscoveryGarden, Inc.

Erin Tripp is the Business Development Manager at discoverygarden inc. Since 2011, Erin’s been involved in the Islandora project; a community supported framework of open source technologies for digital repositories. In that time, Erin’s been involved in more than 40 different Islandora projects ranging from consulting, custom development, and data migrations. Prior to coming to discoverygarden inc., Erin graduated from the University of King’s College (BJH), worked as a broadcast journalist with CTV Globemedia, and graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Information Management (MLIS) where she won the Outstanding Service Award in 2011.

Ben Rosner | Barnard College

Ben Rosner is the new Instructional Applications Developer at Barnard College. His work intersects with many of Barnard Library’s departments, especially the Archives. Since he began at Barnard in August 2015, Ben has been smitten by Islandora and has written a custom Islandora+Solr module, helped implement new functionality in close collaboration with archivists, and continually works with systems to upgrade and maintain the repository’s server. Ben previously worked at Adelphi University as the Senior Instructional Technologist in their teaching and learning center, and as an adjunct professor in the math and computer sciences departments and educational technology masters program. Ben holds an MA in Psychology from Adelphi.


Anne Karle-Zenith | Metropolitan New York Library Council

Anne Karle-Zenith is Digital Services Manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council. Anne manages METRO’s digitization grant program, digital collection hosting service, and digitization and related services. She also serves as the regional liaison for institutions in New York City and Westchester County contributing to the Digital Public Library of America. Before joining METRO in 2012, Anne worked for six years at the University of Michigan Library, where she managed an IMLS grant-funded project to build a copyright review management system (CRMS) for works in the HathiTrust Digital Library. During her first three years at Michigan, she served as project coordinator for the UM/Google Books partnership to digitize the Library’s collections.


Henry Raine | New-York Historical Society

Henry Raine is the Director of Digital Projects and Library Technical Services at the New-York Historical Society, where he has worked since 1997 managing large-scale cataloging, archival processing, and digitization projects. He recently oversaw the migration of the library’s digital collections to Islandora and the development of the N-YHS Islandora site. Prior to working at the N-YHS, he held positions at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Library of New Zealand, and the Library of Congress. Active in several professional organizations, he was Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2010-2011 and served on the Board of Directors of the Ephemera Society of America from 2010 to 2015. He holds a BA in History from the University of Maryland, an MSLS from the Catholic University of America, and an MA in the History of Design from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum/Parsons School of Design.

Robin Naughton, PhD | The New York Academy of Medicine

Robin Naughton, PhD is Head of Digital for the New York Academy of Medicine Library. She manages the digital program for the library, including digitization efforts and library systems. Since starting in June 2015, she has worked on migrating the Library’s digital collections to Islandora and is in the early phases of development. Prior to joining the Academy, Dr. Naughton was a Digital Consultant in educational technology and has worked with LearningExpress, an EBSCO company, Oxford University Press, English Language Teaching, and Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. She has managed digital library migrations, interactive educational products (web & mobile) created for public and state libraries, the transition of print to eBooks, and eLearning courses. Dr. Naughton is a user-centered researcher focused on developing interactive systems that are useful, easy to use and enjoyable. She holds a PhD in Information Science from Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics.

Additional Event Logistics:

  • Registration will be done via the Academy’s event registration. It will be mainly to cover room cost, which is $2000.

  • Panelists will not need to register, but members of their organizations will.