Opportunities in the Migration Process

Charlottetown, PE — Migrating data to the Islandora repository framework presents an opportunity to get to know users better. Solution Architect Mitch MacKenzie, advised focusing on the human element of the process during discoverygarden’s first webinar of 2016.

“I sincerely believe that migrations are a time of great opportunity and they are very manageable”, said Mitch, “the skills needed by a developer to do a migration usually fall into the basic categories of data manipulation, data transformation, basic data structures.  The challenges come on the human side.”

So how can one better understand the human side of repositories? Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Why are we considering a migration?
  • Who are our stakeholders and how will they measure success?
  • What do our users want and need?

Informational interviews with stakeholders are a great method for gathering answers. Afterward, distill the themes discussed in the interviews into users stories, such as:



As a ________, I would like ________, so that _________.


User stories are a helpful for shaping scope, functional requirements, and priorities of any type of project.

Mitch also recommended a detailed review of data during the webinar. A data review will determine how it can be manipulated or transformed to meet the functional requirements as well as identify inconsistencies.  

It’s never been a better time to migrate to Islandora.  The maturation of the software and community is evidenced by frequent code contributions, lively online discussions, and the overall increase in organizations wanting to use the software.

Thank you to everyone who attended the webinar. If you missed it, a recording is available by visiting this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLBTqIjtlu4  

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about the migration process, or any other Islandora services.  

Best Regards,

Adam Smith
Sales & Marketing Associate
discoverygarden inc