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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.

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.

Introducing Arca - Discover BC’s Digital Treasures

The team at discoverygarden is pleased to announce the launch of ‘Arca’; the outcome of a successful collaboration with the British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN).  Arca, which is latin for ‘treasure chest’, was built using Islandora’s open source digital repository framework to provide in-depth access to a variety of British Columbia’s post-secondary institutions digital assets and research outputs.

BC ELN contracted discoverygarden to support requirements gathering and implementation of Islandora as well to managing it’s Canadian-based cloud hosting.  This shared platform will allow all involved post-secondary institutions open access repositories for any digital assets they wish to make available to the wider community and will showcase British Columbia as a hub for knowledge creation across Canada and around the world.

We are excited to continue working with BC ELN in support of the Arca project.

For more information on Arca, feel free to explore the repository site:

Washington Research Library Consortium

WRLC Consortial Repository

July 2014 - present

Migrate DSpace content to Islandora multi-site repository and develop shared tools to meet the needs of all consortial members, and develop separate themes to distinguish the look and feel of the five member sites.

The project championed enhancements to Islandora including:

  • individual datastream embargoes

  • navigational breadcrumbs

  • display of usage stats on object pages

  • searching and sorting within individual collections

In addition to these functional enhancements, WRLC staff have been working on a number of fronts to add necessary services to the Islandora environment. They include:

  • Replacement of the DSpace handle server to allow existing handles from the Research Commons to continue to function

  • Implementation of the OAI-PMH functionality, allowing metadata from Islandora to be harvested by external discovery platforms (such as Summon) and providing additional access points to Islandora content

  • Authentication via EZproxy was another important service established in May. This was done with the assistance of Mark Jordan, Head of Library Systems at Simon Fraser University's W.A.C. Bennett Library. Being part of the Islandora community has its advantages!

Lossless importation of data, functional enhancement, five coordinated but distinguishable sites.


Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)

Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York

January 2013 to Present

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.

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.

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).