OR2014 Update: Erin McKiernan to be Keynote Speaker

Erin McKiernan to be Keynote Speaker, Conference Program Available, REGISTER NOW!

Helsinki, FI The 9th International Conference on Open Repositories (#OR2014) to be held June 9-13, 2014 is fast-approaching. Exciting program details have been announced by conference organizers.


We are delighted to announce that the opening keynote this year will be Dr. Erin McKiernan.

Erin McKiernan is a Researcher in Medical Sciences at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. Her research involves the integration of experimental and computational approaches to solve diverse problems in epidemiology, physiology, and neuroscience. She is an advocate for open access, open data, and open source. She received her Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences in 2010 from the University of Arizona.

She has written about open access for international media outlets such as The Conversation, and blogs about her experiences with open science at http://emckiernan.wordpress.com. You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/emckiernan13.


A complete overview of OR2014 including times and locations for workshops, main conference presentations, panels, developer challenge, 24/7s and minute madness poster session is available online: https://www.conftool.com/or2014/sessions.php. Click on any day or session to see all scheduled talks. From the session view you can see related abstracts.


Please register for OR2014 as soon as possible using this online form; the early bird rate ends on May 4.

All reservations should be made on the same registration form, including the social program and all the items that are included in the registration fee.

If you have any questions concerning the registration form or procedure, please contact TAVI Congress Bureau by e-mail at or-2014[AT]tavicon.fi or by telephone: +358 3 233 0430, Ms Auri Ollanketo (Project Manager).


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Zotero to link to Hydra

A project has recently been announced which is a partnership between George Mason University (Zotero) and Penn State University, with the goal of further customizing Zotero and creating a linkage between Zotero and Hydra-based repositories.  It will add functionality to the Zotero client software to allow users to assert authorship over their own scholarship and to indicate whether they hold the copyright to such materials. It will also develop a pluggable backend for Zotero that will allow any repository to draw such content from the Zotero ecosystem. The first implementation will involve linking Penn State’s institutional repository, ScholarSphere, a Fedora repository built on a Hydra-based platform.  The results of this collaboration will provide open-source code for others in the Hydra community and an open API for adopters of other repository software (e.g., DSpace, Islandora, EPrints) to link institutional and subject repositories to Zotero.

The full announcement can be found here.

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Active-Fedora 7.0.0 and Hydra-Head 7.0.0 released

We are pleased to announce major releases for the Active-Fedora and Hydra-Head gems bringing them both to version 7.0.0

The major changes in this release include a refactoring of the associations API and complete rewrite of the RDF components. Additionally this release requires Blacklight 5.3+ which brings with it a dependency on Bootstrap 3. Further, some new deprecations appear which help you get your application ready for the future versions of active-fedora.

Thanks very much to all the contributors especially Tom Johnson and Trey Terrell for their hard work.

The current versions of all Hydra gems can be accessed through https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Gems+and+documentation

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Save the dates for Hydra Connect #2 in the Fall

Following on from the very successful event in San Diego earlier this year, we are delighted to announce that the second Hydra Connect meeting will take place from Tuesday 30 September to Friday 3 October, 2014.  This is in line with the requests from many attendees at Connect #1 that these meetings should be held in the Fall.

The meeting will take place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  As before, the Tuesday will be a day of workshops whilst the main meeting from Wednesday to Friday will be a mixture of plenary and breakout sessions.

We anticipate sending out further details (including booking procedures for the conference itself and for hotels) in mid/late June.  In the meantime, save the dates in your diary!  There are preliminary details on the Hydra wiki at: Hydra Connect 2 – Fall 2014 and we shall keep that page updated as the event gets closer.

As we’ve said before:  “as a Hydra Partner or user, if you can only make it to one Hydra meeting in an academic year, this is the one to attend!”

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Spring 2014 Hydra Camp – Minneapolis, MN – May 6-9

DCE is pleased to announce their next Hydra Camp, to be held in Minneapolis from May 6-9, 2014.  They’re really excited to be hosting the event at Open Book, home of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.  Since they’re hosting at home, the whole DCE team will be joining in.  They’re also looking forward to showing off a few of their favorite spots after class!

Register: http://hydracamp-msp2014.eventbrite.com/

Lodging: Aloft Minneapolis - $109/night, rates good through April 5th, so book early!

Hydra Camp overview: http://curationexperts.com/about/hydra-camp/

Feel free to e-mail Mark Bussey at DCE if you have any questions that aren’t answered by the registration or overview links.  If you’re interested in attending Hydra Camp, but can’t make the May class, they’ll also be holding a second Hydra Camp in Fall of this year somewhere in the Boston or New York vicinity – details will be announced in June.

Remember that DCE are also leading Hydra Camp in Dublin from April 8-11 if that fits your travel profile better.

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Cornell joins the Hydra Project

We are delighted to announce that Cornell University has become the Hydra Project’s 22nd partner. In their letter of intent, Anne R. Kenney, the University Librarian writes:

“The Cornell University Library has a long history of commitment to collaborative approaches for meeting the needs of research libraries, as well as to openly sharing the results of our work.  We see the Hydra Project and Community as a critical partner in our own strategic goal to standardize and simplify our digital repositories and workflows.  Through our own work on the open source VIVO project and its open community, we are already very familiar with the benefits of working collaboratively to develop software tools in support of research, scholarship and the creative arts. Finally, given that Cornell is the original home of Fedora, a key component of the Hydra Framework, we feel a particular affinity for the Hydra Project, its approaches, and its goals.”

We look forward to a long and productive partnership.  Welcome, Cornell!

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OR2014 Conference Update: Registration Open; New Scholarship Programme

A message from the Open Repositories 2014 Conference organizers

February 21, 2014

Read it online: http://bit.ly/1mwHBZx


Register for Open Repositories 2014
New scholarship programme aims to expand OR participation

Helsinki, FI  We are pleased to announce that registration for Open Repositories 2014 is now open. The five-day conference will be held in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, from June 9 to June 13, 2014. You will find full registration information on the following page: http://or2014.helsinki.fi/?page_id=454.

Open Repositories 2014–registration and fees

The early registration fee, 320 EUR, will be available until May 4. After May 4, the registration fee will be 400 EUR. The conference dinner will be held on Wednesday, June 11, on Valkosaari Island in Helsinki Harbor (more information here) and is priced separately at 60 EUR. There is also a special Friday evening excursion to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress (more information here) available for those delegates who will be staying in Helsinki until Saturday.

The full conference program is expected to be available in late April once the review process is completed. An early draft version of the schedule (subject to change) is available here: https://www.conftool.com/or2014/sessions.php.

The registration process will be handled by TAVI Congress Bureau. If you have questions related to conference registration, you can contact them directly at or-2014[at]tavicon.fi.

Pilot scholarship programme

A highlight of this year’s conference is the availability of delegate scholarships for the first time. The Open Repositories Steering Committee is delighted to announce a pilot Scholarship Programme for OR2014. This programme aims to expand participation by providing registration support for a small number of delegates to this year’s conference. The scholarship programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields.

Please note: the OR2014 scholarship programme provides a full discount for conference registration and the conference dinner. It does not cover other costs including accommodation, travel and subsistence. It is anticipated that the applicant’s home institution will provide financial support to supplement an OR scholarship award.

Only fully-completed applications will be accepted. The deadline for applications is Sunday, March 14, 2014.

You may apply for funding here: http://or2014.helsinki.fi/?page_id=412

For more information or to nominate someone for a scholarship, please contact the Scholarship Committee chair, William J Nixon (william.nixon@glasgow.ac.uk).

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Hydra Europe Symposium (7-8 April) and Hydra Camp Europe (8-11 April)

The Hydra Project is pleased to announce the first Hydra Europe events, taking place this coming April, at Trinity College, Dublin.

Hydra Symposium
A non-technical lunchtime to lunchtime event for collection managers and owners to learn about Hydra and how it can support a wide range of digital content management needs.

Further details – https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Hydra+Europe+2014

Hydra Camp
A technical training event that enables developers to learn about Hydra and how to get up and running with a local solution.

Further details – https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Hydra+Europe+2014

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Hydra-head 6.5.0 released

Version 6.5.0 of the hydra-head gem has been released!  This version upgrades Blacklight to version 4.7 and ActiveFedora to version 6.7.  Among other things, these upgrades provide deprecation warnings for Blacklight 5.0 and ActiveFedora 7.0, which will be required by hydra-head version 7.0.

Changes since hydra-head 6.4.1:

* Blacklight upgraded to version ~> 4.7 and resolved hydra-head 7.0 deprecation warnings
* Removed GenericContent test model
* Added Hydra::AccessControls::Permission#to_hash for better compatibility with hash-based permissions
* Added unit test module for Hydra::AccessControls::Permission
* Hydra::Admin policy updated to use has_attributes instead of deprecated delegate/delegate_to
* Require ActiveFedora ~> 6.7 in hydra-access-controls for #has_attributes

Thanks to David Chandek-Stark for the work.

The current versions of all Hydra gems can be accessed through https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Gems+and+documentation

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Open Repositories Conference Update: Save the Dates for OR2015

Of interest to the Hydra community:

Feb. 12, 2014
Read it online: http://bit.ly/1jwWlp4

Open Repositories Conference Update: Save the Dates for OR2015
A message from the Open Repositories Steering Committee

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Open Repositories Conference (OR2015) will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA at the Hyatt Regency from June 8-11, 2015. The conference is being jointly hosted by Indiana University LibrariesUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library, and Virginia Tech University Libraries.

Look for a preview of what to expect in Indianapolis at OR2014 in Helsinki!

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