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University of Missouri - Kansas City

Project: University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC)

Duration: January 2014 - Present

Objective: Move to an open source digital repository framework, implemented across three campuses. 

Strategy: In January 2014, the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) received access to an Islandora repository, installed by discoverygarden. It was part of a shared service project spanning three campuses of the University of Missouri. To kick-off the project, UMKC decided to focus on  theming and metadata display. discoverygarden was a strategic partner in the process, offering design and Drupal development skills to improve the overall look of the site and discoverability of content.  

Result: discoverygarden designed, built and implemented a custom theme for the repository that focuses on discovery. It included Solr views that leveraged the granular metadata profile used by UMKC. The project also resulted in improvements to the Solr Metadata Display Module, that have since been contributed back to the Islandora Community. The module allows a repository administrator to customize the record display per content model.

Since then, UMKC staff have migrated almost 10,000 objects from their most used collections - focused primarily on Kansas City history, politics and jazz.  

UMKC Special Digital Collections, officially launched on January 19, 2016.

Tulane University Digital Library

Project: Tulane University Digital Library

Duration: February 2015 to Present

Objective: Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University wanted to move to an open source repository platform. The process included installing Islandora, undertaking an assessment of data stored in CONTENTdm, migrating data and creating an attractive and intuitive theme focused on discovery.

Strategy: Utilizing discoverygarden service bundles (Jumpstart Bundle, Assessment and Professional Services) for all tasks needed to launch the repository within a 7 month period.

Implementation: Tulane University started with a Jumpstart Bundle that included an Islandora installation, training, support services, and access to our Knowledge Base documentation. The next step involved assessing forty-one (41) collections for migration, including the scripting process to move the data and transform it to MODS and DC. The final step was to undertake the migration and to build a theme that facilitates discovery.


Result:
The Tulane University Digital Library houses holdings that support the teaching, research and public service goals of the University. It provides online communities of scholars, students and the public access to the rare and unique collections in areas such as Latin American studies, jazz, New Orleans and Louisiana history and architecture, as well as the electronic theses and dissertations and the Tulane University Archives.

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.

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.

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.