Hydra is a repository solution that is being used by institutions worldwide to provide access to their digital content (see map). Hydra provides a versatile and feature rich environment for end-users and repository administrators alike.
Hydra is a Community
Hydra is a large, multi-institutional collaboration. The project gives like-minded institutions a mechanism to combine their individual repository development efforts into a collective solution with breadth and depth that exceeds the capacity of any individual institution to create, maintain or enhance on its own. The motto of the project partners is “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Hydra is a Technical Framework
Hydra is an ecosystem of components that lets institutions build and deploy robust and durable digital repositories (the body) supporting multiple “heads”: fully-featured digital asset management applications and tailored workflows. Its principal platforms are the Fedora Commons repository software, Solr, Ruby on Rails and Blacklight. Hydra does not yet support “out-of-the-box” deployments but the Community is working towards such “solution bundles”, particularly “Hydra in a Box” and Avalon.
Hydra is Open Source Software
Hydra software is free and open source, available under an Apache 2 license.