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Founded in 2006 at the University of Prince Edward Island, Islandora has transformed from a small project incubated in a University library, to a vibrant and global community facilitated by a non-profit that exists through symbiosis with the community it serves. This presentation will provide a general overview of that journey and the current status of the Islandora project and community.
Now in its fourth year of operation, the Islandora Foundation has hired a second employee to act as Technical Lead. This addition to our staff has prompted a great deal of progress for the next major version of Islandora. By the time of OR2017, we will be able to demonstrate an initial release of Islandora CLAW, combining Drupal 8 with Fedora 4
4:00pm - 4:30pm
Islandora CLAW: What’s Under the Shell
Nick Ruest1, Melissa Anez2, Danny Lamb3
1York University, Canada; 2Islandora Foundation; 3Islandora Foundation
Islandora CLAW is the project name for development of Islandora to work with Fedora 4 and Drupal 8, formerly known as Islandora 7.x-2.x. The existing version of Islandora, 7.x-1.x works as a bridge between Drupal 7.x and Fedora 3. Islandora CLAW does more than simply replace that base layer with Fedora 4. It is a total re-architecting of the interaction between the various pieces.
This new structure has several advantages:
Parcelling out the various services and dependencies allows for more horizontal scalability;
Changing the relationship between Drupal and Fedora allows for a more flexible approach to front-end management (i.e, it need not be Drupal) while also taking much greater advantage of features available from Drupal (i.e, Fedora objects are treated more like nodes, for the purposes of using Drupal contrib modules. Many Islandora 7.x-1.x modules are redundant in Islandora CLAW because they reproduce existing Drupal contrib modules that can be used out of the box in Islandora CLAW);
Native RDF functionality in both Drupal and Fedora, allowing an Isla;dora CLAW installation to be both on the web, and of the web;
4:30pm - 5:00pm
Ingestion Workflow for CUHK Digital Repository on Islandora: Bringing to light the Chinese Rare Books and ETDs metadata in MARC
Louisa LAM, Jeff Liu
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R. (China)
The CUHK Digital Repository building on Islandora houses a multitude of digital collections including Chinese rare books and electronic theses and dissertations, which pose similar challenges in metadata extraction. First, they are catalogued in standard MARC with romanized Chinese characters in tag 245 while the readable Chinese characters are in tag 880. It is necessary to invert tag 880 to replace tag 245 for more friendly display for researchers. Second, many of these titles are multi-volume set that are catalogued in the form of multiple bibliographic records linking to one item record. This many-to-one structure generates complexity in the transformation from MARC to MODS. Third, these two collections have tens of thousands of volumes, using manual process to extract metadata is time-consuming. Yet, the complex nature of these collections makes it impossible to automatic the ingestion process that can handle both the metadata challenges and the image ingestion correctly at the first time. The Library Digital Services Team devised a new workflow that are embedded with newly developed simple tools to semi-automate the transformation of metadata and image ingestion. This presentation covers how the workflow and the tools work to enhance the efficiency of ingestion, and the thought process behind.