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Discoverygarden Webinar: ‘UMKC Digital Special Collections’

In our second webinar of 2016, discoverygarden is pleased to present an interactive discussion with Sandy Rodriguez from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) on the recent launch of the Islandora Repository, UMKC Digital Special Collections.  

In January 2014, the University of Missouri made the decision to move to an open source repository platform by installing Islandora and making it available to three campuses.  Since then, staff have migrated almost 10,000 objects from their most used collections - focused primarily on Kansas City history, politics and jazz.  With the help of discoverygarden, UMKC designed and built a theme for the repository that is focused on discovery.  

In the webinar, Sandy will discuss an overview of the project, why UMKC chose Islandora and how they overcame challenges during the project.  In addition, Sandy will discuss plans going forward for scaling and sustaining the repository.  

We look forward to this informative discussion and we hope to see you there!

Best Regards,

~ the discoverygarden team

You’re invited to attend our webinar: ‘UMKC Digital Special Collections’ on Wednesday February 17 at 12PM EST

For more information, please contact:
Adam Smith
Sales and Marketing Associate



Opportunities in the Migration Process

Charlottetown, PE — Migrating data to the Islandora repository framework presents an opportunity to get to know users better. Solution Architect Mitch MacKenzie, advised focusing on the human element of the process during discoverygarden’s first webinar of 2016.

“I sincerely believe that migrations are a time of great opportunity and they are very manageable”, said Mitch, “the skills needed by a developer to do a migration usually fall into the basic categories of data manipulation, data transformation, basic data structures.  The challenges come on the human side.”

So how can one better understand the human side of repositories? Here are a few questions to ask:

  • Why are we considering a migration?
  • Who are our stakeholders and how will they measure success?
  • What do our users want and need?

Informational interviews with stakeholders are a great method for gathering answers. Afterward, distill the themes discussed in the interviews into users stories, such as:



As a ________, I would like ________, so that _________.


User stories are a helpful for shaping scope, functional requirements, and priorities of any type of project.

Mitch also recommended a detailed review of data during the webinar. A data review will determine how it can be manipulated or transformed to meet the functional requirements as well as identify inconsistencies.  

It’s never been a better time to migrate to Islandora.  The maturation of the software and community is evidenced by frequent code contributions, lively online discussions, and the overall increase in organizations wanting to use the software.

Thank you to everyone who attended the webinar. If you missed it, a recording is available by visiting this link:  

Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about the migration process, or any other Islandora services.  

Best Regards,

Adam Smith
Sales & Marketing Associate
discoverygarden inc

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