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Islandora Digital Repository Workshop at DLF Forum 2015

Islandora is a digital repository framework that provides out-of-the-box repository solutions (Solution Packs) for a wide range of digital collections and research domains. Islandora combines the Drupal CMS and Fedora Commons repository software, together with additional open source applications (including Solr), to deliver a wide range of functionality. The workshop will give participants a chance to explore how community members are using Islandora, and how to:

  • Change the look and feel of a repository website;
  • Create users, roles and permissions to manage workflow;
  • Ingest and manage digital assets;
  • Harvest assets to aggregators such as DPLA;
  • Restrict access to digital assets; and  
  • Configure the discovery layer and metadata display tools.

Registration for this event is $80 USD and includes refreshments and lunch. 


When: Thursday, October 29, 2015 10am-4pm

Where: Port of Singapore room, 3rd Level, Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, 1133 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3T3


Representing Islandora at DrupalCon 2015

May 11 -12 in Los Angeles, CA

The Islandora Digital Repository Framework continues to grow in both maturity and popularity. Come find out why, and see some of the latest additions from the Islandora Community. 

discoverygarden CEO John Eden and lead Drupal Developer Morgan Dawe will attend DrupalCon 2015 in Los Angeles on May 11-12. They look forward to seeing Islandora community members there.

Highlights of the event include the Higher Ed Summit on Monday May 11 as well as an opportunity to exhibit on Tuesday May 12. DrupalCon frequently features Birds of a Feather discussions on Islandora, Drupal and digital repositories, and many other topics facing repository managers today.

We hope to see you there. 

Warmest regards, 
The discoverygarden team

For more information, please contact:
Erin Tripp
Business Development Manager


We can't wait for Open Repositories 2015!

Islandora began as a small project at the University of Prince Edward Island and has quickly become an internationally respected digital repository platform over the course of a very few years. 
We have held a major presence at The Annual International Conference on Open Repositories (or "O.R." as it is more commonly called) from our very early days.  Over the years, we have moved from being an upstart, to being a startup, to being an established and stable enterprise-ready platform.
We are thrilled this year to see not only how much Islandora is explicitly involved in a number of Open Repositories presentations, but also in all those presentations where we are not actively involved but are an essential part of the presenter’s stack.  The community has embraced Islandora to the extent that we’re seamlessly embedded in the background, allowing users to forget about the technology and focus on their work.
A huge thanks goes out to the Islandora community - The users, developers, early adopters, late adopters, participants in the weekly committers calls, participants in the user groups & IRC channel, and everyone else who has helped make Islandora what it is today.
We look forward to seeing our colleagues at Open Repositories 2015 in Indiana this June.

The 10th International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2015) is taking place June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA at the Hyatt Regency. The conference is being jointly hosted by Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, and Virginia Tech University Libraries. For additional information, please visit

If you would like additional information on Islandora or are attending OR2015 and would like to set up a meeting with us, please send us a note via our Contact page. We look forward to seeing you!

Training Session for Washington Power Users

On a recent trip to Washington DC, discoverygarden's Alan Stanley had the opportunity to meet with members of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) to offer them, and their guests, some specialized training. 
WRLC administrators are all very familiar with the mechanics of digital repository management. This session focused on a review of the backend architecture. The results included knowledge to make better-informed choices when organizing and displaying collections, and an awareness of some the less obvious, but very powerful features of the Islandora ecosystem.
The two-hour session was lively and interactive with many good comments, questions and suggestions.
Special thanks go to our generous host Aaron Krebeck for setting us up, providing the venue, and making us all feel welcome. 

Our next training session will be offered free of charge at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries April 27-28, 2015. We hope to see you there! 
Contact Alan Stanley for details.

Leveraging Drupal for Digital Asset Management - DrupalCon 2014

discoverygarden, the main contributor and service provider for the Islandora Open Source digital asset management framework will be at DrupalCon 2014 in Austin, Texas from June 3-6.  Solution Architect, Mitch MacKenzie, will be there to answer questions and lead discussions on how to use Islandora to address the growing demand to integrate digital asset management (DAM) into Drupal sites.

The Islandora solution is made up of well supported best-of-breed Open Source technologies, including Drupal, Fedora Commons, Apache SOLR, Tesseract OCR and many others. For organizations already familiar with Drupal, Islandora is a natural extension to create digital repositories.                

Mitch will host a drop-in session on Friday June 6 between 1-3 pm at the Radisson Hotel’s Chavez Restaurant Lounge at 111 Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX.  

Mitch says “DrupalCon is becoming more important to the Islandora community. More of our clients are interested in leveraging additional Drupal functionality. We’re receiving requests from Drupal shops looking to integrate Islandora for their clients.”

There was tremendous interest in Islandora at DrupalCon 2013 in Portland, Oregon. Developer Jordan Dukart attended last year and describes the event as a “turning point” for himself as an Islandora developer.

“DrupalCon helped promote a personal paradigm shift to start leveraging components that an average Drupal user expects into the Islandora product” Jordan says. “The upcoming release of Drupal 8 is also helping to promote a cultural change at discoverygarden. Before, development focused on modifications to Fedora Commons as opposed to attempting to leverage solutions that already exist in the Drupal community.”

Jordan says talking with members of the Islandora community and the academic community has prompted discussions about solving ongoing dilemmas when tackling digitization and preservation.

To RSVP for the drop-in session or to set up a private meeting during the week, contact us at As always, lively discussion is a big part of Islandora and Drupal events, and we look forward to seeing you at DrupalCon 2014.