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Boston College

Project

Boston College

Duration

March 2014 to Present

Objective

To migrate data from their existing DigiTool repository into Islandora to empower staff to further populate, curate and maintain the repository.

Strategy

Boston College started with our “Jumpstart” installation bundle which enabled the team at Boston College University Libraries to test the software, define how to modify the theme, receive training and clarify the customizations that would bring their repository to life. Next, the college undertook a detailed assessment project to outline the approach for migrating data from their DigiTool repository, map existing handles and create new ones, as well as modify the Islandora Video Solution Pack for streaming video.

Result

Boston College launched their new Islandora institutional repository, eScholarship@BC, in February 2015 to showcase and preserve Boston College's scholarly output in digital form and to make it freely accessible globally.

Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

Project
Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York

Duration
January 2013 to Present

Objective
Move to an open source repository platform by migrating assets from CONTENTdm to Islandora, create an attractive and intuitive user portal, and optimize site performance for high traffic load.

Strategy
METRO staff worked closely with us to unify the metadata profile across collections, map to MODS and create XML forms to accommodate migrated content. After populating the repository, the team turned its focus to exposing content through an attractive, easy to use portal.

We created a Collection Search tool to help users discover content from METRO’s 23 collections. We also created a beautiful custom theme based on Drupal Zen, incorporating Galleria for a large visual slideshow element on the front page. While preparing to launch the site, METRO took advantage of the easy to configure Solr search and OAI-PMH settings to expose and leverage the repository’s granular MODS metadata for discovery both on the repository site and through aggregators like DPLA.

The team also made performance a priority ensuring the repository could handle hundreds of concurrent users. Our DevOps team undertook benchmark testing, blocked obscure web crawlers, implemented our new Islandora Varnish module to manage caching, and updated the hosted server environment and storage type. The outcome was an almost 400% improvement in performance for its launch on May 7, 2015. Click here to read the launch announcement.

Result
The Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York (DCMNY) repository will provide online access to digital collections of libraries, archives, museums and historical societies located in and around New York City. It will serve as a hosting service for members of the Metropolitan New York Library Council to make their content available online, as well as an on-ramp to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

 

Barnard College
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Project
Installation and theme for Barnard College

Duration
March 2014 to October 2014

Objective
Installation of Islandora digital repository framework as well as developing a beautiful front page and banners for the institute’s new online repository.

Background/Strategy
Barnard College wanted to better understand the Islandora installation process through documentation and knowledge transfer. Just months after the installation, the team had ingested digital assets and needed to prepare to launch the site. Creating an attractive front page for the website was a priority.

Result
discoverygarden provided detailed knowledge transfer sessions during the installation process as well as granular installation documentation afterward. The communication helped Barnard College adhere to an internal IT infrastructure policy requiring detailed systems information for all projects.

The installation allowed the digital archivist and developer at Barnard College the ability to begin populating the repository. Using custom scripts developed by Barnard’s developer and metadata forms created by the digital archivist (using the Islandora form builder), they batch ingested approximately 3000 newspaper issues and ~100 yearbooks and individually ingested ~400 photograph items over a period of six months and configured the site, moving them closer toward the repository launch.

While planning the launch, the Barnard College team began dreaming up their ideal repository front page. Through wireframing and discussions with discoverygarden, the vision became a reality. We prioritized tasks and set out to create a striking theme with a beautiful and functional front page that highlights discovery tools and its newspaper, yearbook and photograph assets.

https://digitalcollections.barnard.edu/

 

University of South Carolina Video Archive

Project
Video Archive for University of South Carolina

Duration
October 2012 to July 2013

Objective
Design and implement an OAIS compliant, digital repository for very high definition digital surrogates of rare archival film elements and provide free online public access to lower resolution copies of archival film and video.

Background/Strategy
In 1980, the University of South Carolina received over 2,000 hours of unique film material from the Fox Movietone News Library, some of it dating back to 1919. The university began encoding this video into digital format starting in 1997 and designed a tiered storage and online access environment in 2006 but was not able to fund the realization of this environment. Fast forward to 2011, some funding was received internally to begin planning a pilot repository project which included purchasing hardware, identifying open source software and identifying a development partner. They selected Islandora as the framework upon which to build this archival video collection and discoverygarden inc to provide development and consulting services.  

Result
discoverygarden reviewed the requirements and current framework within USC, provided a development environment to in the form of a virtual machine running the latest version of Islandora, developed a content and object model architecture, implemented a faceted search utilizing SOLR, developed a Drupal theme for the site, developed a management interface for adding and maintaining content, and assisted in manipulating existing metadata to fit the latest pbCore standard.  The resulting repository uses Islandora core - but none of the solution packs. There are 3 video formats in this installation to help manage large video files. They are Preservation Masters, Mezzanine files and Access Variants. The Islandora installation interacts with a USC filesystem to manage the large amount of data. A subsequent phase of work included adding auto extraction of metadata from the preservation master files.  USC  has since added another 4,000 hours of unique material from a number of sources and was able to create individual collections within the extensible Islandora framework.

Fundación Juan March

Project
Fundación Juan March Digital Collections

Duration
September 2011 to Present

Objective
Implement a new Islandora Digital Library system to serve a rich and unique set of collections

Strategy
FJM was interested in working with a knowledgeable Islandora partner to help implement a bilingual (English and Spanish) system with 4 core collections, while at the same time building internal staff expertise. FJM used discoverygarden’s services for a variety of services including consultation, design for the initial installation, customized development and migration of metadata from complex internal Microsoft SQL Server databases, merging this with recently digitized content.

Result
FJM launched with four collections, starting with Clamor (http://digital.march.es/clamor/) in November 2011 and continuing with Antonia Mercé (http://digital.march.es/merce/), Joaquín Turina (http://digital.march.es/turina/) and an Institutional Repository, CEACS. Subsequent to this excellent partnership the FJM team has developed some new collections that build on this work and implements their own innovations within the framework, including Catalogos (http://www.march.es/arte/catalogos/?l=2), which provides access to over 180 exhibition catalogues. Since its inception the FJM repository has reached 1 million files stored and preserved, as well as over 11 million RDF relations between objects. The repository keeps incorporating new interactive and user friendly features such as data visualizations (maps, timelines), multi-device support with progressive loading document viewers and responsive web design and recommendation systems.  

The FJM project is an excellent demonstration of how organizations can work with discoverygarden to meet tight timelines, building on sustainable and effective partnerships and internal expertise.

University of Western Sydney

Project
University of Western Sydney Institutional Repository

Duration
September 2013 to Present

Objective
Implement a new Islandora institutional repository to facilitate access and discovery of UWS research. 

Strategy
UWS needed a strategic partner to help plan and execute metadata mapping and migration to help standardize their data for maximum discoverability and re-use. We began reviewing the university's business requirements in 2013, made recommendations, and mapped out an approach. 

Result
We provided a variety of services that resulted in UWS launching Research Direct (http://researchdirect.uws.edu.au/) in August 2014. It is an institutional repository that makes UWS research searchable and accessible to the global research community. The open access compliant records can be harvested by major search engines such as Google Scholar, increasing the visibility of research outputs. Access to the full text of the publication or output will be made available where possible.