Posts tagged Migration
Discoverygarden Webinar: The ContentDM Migration Module

Discoverygarden is committed to developing new modules and tools that are designed to add benefit to the Islandora software.  This month we are pleased to announce the availability of the Islandora ContentDM Migration module.  

Coupled with our guidance and expertise, this module empowers Islandora adopters moving from ContentDM to use a standardized process by giving them tools to:

  • Export collections from ContentDM.

  • Map the ContentDM XML to MODS.

  • Map in alternate versions of digital assets for ingest if desired.

  • Address data interventions in the MODS prior to ingest into Islandora.

  • Ingest into Islandora.

Join us on Wednesday, February 28 at 12 pm EST as our Senior Solutions Architect, Stephen Perkins,  discusses this exciting new module.

All the best,

~ the discoverygarden team


Adam Smith

Business Development Manager

discoverygarden Inc.

Topic:  Discoverygarden Webinar: The ContentDM Migration Module

Date:   Wednesday February 28, 2018
Time:  12:00 pm EST

To register for this webinar click the link below, and send us an email. The host will follow up by sending an invitation to the session, including instructions for joining the meeting.


Discoverygarden Webinar: The Migration Process

Here at discoverygarden, we have successfully migrated data from dozens of different sources to the Islandora open source digital repository platform. Whether your data is sitting on your hard drive, inside a database or in another repository system, chances are we have a migration process already mapped out and ready to go.  To date, discoverygarden has migrated content from local file systems, bespoke repositories, Fedora Commons, VTLS, Dspace, ContentDM, DLXS and Digitool.

The first stage of the migration process is to complete a detailed review of the data.  This allows our software engineers to identify data structure, mapping preferences and pinpoint potential risks. The development stage involves writing a custom script to move, map and model the data based on information gathered in stage one. The migration stage is iterative, run multiple times on a local development environment to assess success and speed before a final migration is undertaken on a staging or production environment. 

January's webinar will feature a presentation by discoverygarden Project Manager Mitch MacKenzie, who will lead an informative discussion on the assessment and migration process. He'll provide a behind the scene look at how it can be adapted to fit any organization.  Mitch has been with discoverygarden for four years and has extensive experience developing Islandora code, assessing data and writing migration processes. He will be available for questions following his presentation. 

Warmest Regards
~ the discoverygarden team

You're invited to attend our webinar: 'Migrating: The Process' on Wednesday January 20, 2016 at 12pm EST

For more information, please contact: 

Adam Smith
Sales & Marketing Associate 

Topic:  Migrating: The Process
Date:   Wednesday January 20, 2016
Time:  12:00 pm, EST


To register for this webinar click the link below, and send us an email to register. The host will follow up by sending a JoinMe invitation to the session, including instructions for joining the meeting.


Boston College


Boston College


March 2014 to Present


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


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.


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)

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).