Hydra Connect #2 presentations and posters

Poster images from the “show and tell” session, and slide packs from many presentations given at Hydra Connect #2 last week can be found linked from the Hydra wiki.  The wiki front page also has a nice group photo – the full size version, should you want it, is linked from the conference program at the time it was taken – 12:30 on Wednesday.

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Hydra Connect #2 – reports

170 or so people are gathered together in Cleveland, Ohio, for Hydra Connect #2 – the second annual Hydra get-together. If you weren’t able to come (and even if you were) you’ll find increasing numbers of presentations and meeting notes hanging off the program page at https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Hydra+Connect+2+Program


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Hydra Connect #2 is a sell-out!

We’re more than pleased to tell you that Hydra’s second Connect meeting, to be held in Cleveland 30 September – 3rd October, is a sell-out!  Not only have we sold all the tickets, we have a waiting list of people hoping we might manage to find a little more space.  We’re looking forward to seeing 160 faces, friends old and new, at Case Western Reserve University in three weeks.

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Sufia 4.0.0 released

From Adam Wead:

It gives me great pleasure to formally announce the release of the Hydra gem Sufa, version 4.0.  This release marks the culmination of 5 months’ work of collaborative development with the members of Penn State’s Services and Solutions team and Digital Curation Experts (DCE).

This new version includes a complete redesign of Sufia’s user interface, based on user feedback and design studies conducted with the staff and faculty at Penn State University.  Sufia’s features now include:

  • Multiple file, or folder, upload
  • Flexible user- and group-based access controls
  • Transcoding of audio and video files
  • Generation and validation of identifiers
  • Fixity checking
  • Version control
  • Characterization of uploaded files
  • Forms for batch editing metadata
  • Faceted search and browse
  • Social media interaction
  • User profiles
  • User dashboard for file management
  • Highlighted files on profile
  • Sharing w/ groups and users
  • User notifications
  • Activity streams
  • Background jobs
  • Single-use links
  • Google Analytics for usage statistics
  • Integration w/ cloud storage providers
  • Google Scholar-specific metadata embedding
  • Schema.org microdata, Open Graph meta tags, and Twitter cards for rich snippets
  • User-managed collections for grouping files
  • Full-text indexing & searching
  • Responsive, fluid, Bootstrap 3-based UI
  • Dynamically configurable featured works and researchers on homepage

Thanks to all involved 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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Hydra Connect #2 draft program now available – time is running out to book!

We are pleased to announce the draft program for Hydra Connect #2.  The meeting is being held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, from Tuesday 30th September to Friday 3rd October, 2014.  The timetable is available from the Connect #2 information page on the Hydra wiki – https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/hydra/Hydra+Connect+2+-+Fall+2014 – where you can also find further details about the conference and about booking procedures.

Hydra Connect #2 is the major Hydra gathering planned for 2014/15. If you’re a Hydra Partner and can attend only one meeting in the 2014/2015 academic year, this should be it.  Adopters of Hydra, or those considering its adoption, who are not Partners are equally welcome to attend and, as you will see from the program, a significant number of the meeting sessions Tuesday to Thursday have been specifically tailored to their needs.

If you intend coming to this Hydra Connect meeting it is becoming urgent that you book soon!  Over half the tickets for the event have already been sold and the preferential hotel rate that we have negotiated ends on Thursday August 28th.

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Reminder: Expressions of Interest to Host OR2016 are Due by Aug. 24

Just a reminder (echoing an e-mail sent to email lists by the Open Repositories Steering Committee) that Expressions of Interest in hosting OR2016 are due by August 24th.  The EoI is a very straightforward email – full details at https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/or11/Call+for+Expressions+of+Interest+in+hosting+OR+2016

OR2014, held in Helsinki just a few weeks ago, was hugely successful and attracted nearly 500 delegates from all over the world.  Hosting OR is a good way of getting your institution noticed!!!  OR2015 will be in Indianapolis 8-11 June jointly organised by Indiana University,  the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Virginia Tech.

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Hydra gem 7.1.0 released

We are pleased to announce the release of version 7.1.0 of the Hydra gem.

This release adds embargo and lease support via hydra-head, updates Blacklight to 5.5.x, and removes the dependency on mediashelf-loggable. The new gem set that Hydra 7.1 references is:

  • hydra-head v7.2.0
  • active-fedora v7.1.0
  • blacklight v5.5.1
  • rubydora v1.8.0
  • om v3.1.0
  • solrizer v3.3.0
  • jettywrapper v1.8.2

Thanks to all involved 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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Case Western Reserve University becomes Hydra’s 25th Partner!

We are delighted to announce that Case Western Reserve University has become the Hydra Project’s 25th formal Partner. The University, based in Cleveland, Ohio, has been a Fedora user since 2006 and is now adopting Hydra “for the redevelopment of [its] platform to accommodate a modern landscape of scholarship”. Arnold Hirshon, CWRU’s Associate Provost and University Librarian, writes “We look forward to continuing to demonstrate our commitment to the goals of the Hydra Project as a Partner, and look forward to working alongside and learning from existing and new Partners going forward.” We warmly welcome them to their bigger role in the Hydra Community.

Hydra’s Partners formally commit to a shared responsibility to promote the well-being and development of the Hydra Project. In addition to its 25 Partners Hydra has a considerable further number of adopters and, on the basis of conversations at the recent Open Repositories Conference in Helsinki, we believe that many more institutions are about to adopt it or are seriously considering using Hydra as part of their digital library provision.

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IMPORTANT change of Hydra email address

As of Sunday 13th July 2014 we shall be changing the name of the hydra-users mailing list to hydra-community@googlegroups.com.  The old hydra-users email address will cease to work. This change needs no action on your part unless you have an inbox rule looking for (say) “[hydra-users]” which will need changing to the new name.  User accounts and permissions will automatically carry forward to the renamed list. That said, you may wish to add the new hydra-community address to your contacts and/or safe senders lists.

This change is part of a strategy to allow new adopters of Hydra more involvement in the community.  Whilst the hydra-tech list does a good job of keeping developers in touch, the “managers” at adopting institutions which are not Hydra Partners are not so well served.  Once the open (as in “anyone may request to join”) hydra-community list is turned on we shall be encouraging non-technical discussions onto it in preference to the hydra-partners list.  The closed (Partner institutions only) hydra-partners list will be kept for such things as messages around security issues (prior to wider release) and for any Partner issues requiring a vote.

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Hydra Connect #2 announced – booking open

** Ahead of vacation time, please take note…**

We are delighted to announce that booking has opened for the second Hydra Connect meeting which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio this fall.  It will take place at Case Western Reserve University from Tuesday 30th September – Friday 3rd October 2014.  The booking site can be found at http://connect-cleveland2014.eventbrite.com

For folks who haven’t attended a Hydra meeting before, this is our annual opportunity to connect with other Hydra users, find out what Hydra is all about, and get involved; for established Hydranauts it is an opportunity to share experience with friends old and new, and to see what is going on across the Hydrasphere.  There will be plenty for new and prospective adopters of Hydra as well as for established users.

For full details, a preliminary schedule of events, and details for lodging options, please see the Hydra Connect event page on the Hydra wiki. Participants are resposible for their own travel and lodging arrangements. We have arranged a special event rate at the Courtyard Marriot adjacent to the university campus – see full detials on the event page.

As a Hydra Partner or user, if you can only make it to one Hydra meeting a this academic year, this is the one to attend!

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