With Hydra partners all over the world, how does the Hydra community keep in touch?  There are a number of ways we do this.

On a day-to-day basis people make use of Hydra’s several mailing lists and the developers, in particular, use an IRC channel.  The lists and the IRC details are given on our the “Get in touch!” page.

The lists and the IRC channel are quite heavily used and people intent on joining the Hydra community should certainly take a look at them.

Hydra has a presence on LinkedIn and a Twitter presence @HydraSphere

There are several face to face meetings each year:

    • Hydra Connect is the annual get-together for Hydra’s community worldwide.  Whilst the first Connect meeting was held in January, it is planned that all future Connects should take place in the Fall.
    • Partner meetings: The increasing, worldwide, distribution of Hydra Partners makes the original pattern of several face-to-face meetings each year untenable.  The community is now developing a pattern of regional meetings and other events to supplement the one annual get-together, Hydra Connect.
    • Hydra Camp: a week of intensive training aimed at developers. Initially the event was hosted annually by MediaShelf but these events are now occurring several times each year, generally run by Hydra Partner Data Curation Experts. Hydra Camps can be an institution-based open event or training for a specific institution only.  Organisers of open events charge attendance fees to cover the costs of the tutors etc.
    • There are other events at which there is usually a healthy Hydra presence.  The annual Open Repositories conference (which generally flips between North America and Europe) to name but one.

There are regular group calls using Skype or similar technologies:

    • weekly technical calls
    • monthly partner calls
    • monthly Steering Group calls

Hydra has a web presence in several places:

    • This website
    • A wiki which holds more detailed information about Hydra:  its community, its meetings and events, and its technologies
    • For developers, a GitHub site from which most Hydra code can be acquired, a JIRA site for issue tracking and a continuous integration server.  Links to these are at the right of the screen.