New-York Historical Society

Project: New-York Historical Society (N-YHS)
Duration: October 2014 to Present

Objective: Building a repository to manage all digital objects for the entire institution, facilitating search across the library and museum as well as moving to an open source software product and community.

Strategy: discoverygarden and N-YHS worked closely to assess the goals and requirements of the repository. The process provided a roadmap to implementing the repository, including a development approach, training, and cost planning for the project. The project was executed in phases to decrease complexity and show success to stakeholders early and often. For example, the project included a migration, custom development, and theme display phases.

Result: The project resulted in the migration of more than 100,000 digital objects from the library, which removed discovery barriers. Migration of new collections will continue in the future, providing access to significant research collections through a single interface. The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library Digital Collections launched to the public in December 2016. To explore the repository and its materials, visit the website:


Hello Islandora: Building a Digital Repository

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Time: 10 AM – 5 PM
Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

$35 for one session
$60 for both sessions
Advance registration is required. 
Note: A laptop is required for this event. 

Join us for the "Hello Islandora: Building a Digital Repository" event at The New York Academy of Medicine. 

Structured as a two-part event, the morning panel discussion explores the resources leveraged, challenges faced, and impacts of repository projects at Barnard College, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, The New York Academy of Medicine, and the New York Historical Society. 

The afternoon session features a training session catered to participants’ curiosities. Training topics include management of research data, special collections and institutional repositories; batch ingesting; discovery tools; embargoing content; harvesting to DPLA; and more! Training will be led by Erin Tripp of discoverygarden inc., who has managed more than 40 Islandora digital repository projects.  

Space is limited. Register now and join professionals from more than 10 organizations representing research universities, historical societies, geoscience, medicine and more!

We look forward to seeing you there!  

Register Here

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Discoverygarden Webinar: Restricting Repository Content

Repositories regularly manage embargoed content to accommodate access right restrictions and sensitive materials.  Islandora provides an easy to use tool to manage how specific groups of users access content and have restrictions applied on the collection, object and file levels. Learn how to apply and manage this functionality during our next webinar titled, Restricting Repository Content on November 23 at 12 pm EDT .

Islandora leverages the Extensible Access Control Markup Language (XACML) in Fedora Commons for embargoes. It’s a system for using XML conventions to address security and access protocols for the Web and other applications. It’s used in three modules called: 1) Islandora XACML editor, 2) Islandora Scholar Embargo, and 3) Islandora IP embargo.

discoverygarden senior developer, Dan Aitken will lead a session that focuses on restricting repository content using these modules and applying them to Drupal users and roles.

We look forward to having you join us for another informative discoverygarden webinar.

Warmest Regards,
~ the discoverygarden team



Adam Smith
Business Development Associate
discoverygarden Inc.  

Topic:  Islandora Webinar: Restricting Repository Content
Date:   Wednesday, November 23, 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.


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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:

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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."


Discoverygarden 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.


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