Conference Agenda

Session Overview
General track 9: Working with Hydra
Thursday, 29/Jun/2017:
9:00am - 10:30am

Session Chair: Michael Giarlo, Stanford University
Location: Ballroom C
Hilton Brisbane

9:00am - 9:30am

Many Heads, One Service: All about HykuDirect, the Hosted Hydra repository solution

Debra Hanken Kurtz1, Hannah Frost2, Mike Giarlo2

1DuraSpace, United States of America; 2Stanford University Libraries

The Hydra-in-a-Box project has developed a Hydra-based digital repository for cultural heritage content that can be hosted in the cloud. In 2017 we are running a pilot of a hosted repository service at DuraSpace called HykuDirect. In this presentation we will report on the ongoing results of the pilot, including the experiences of a diverse cohort who have migrated content to HykuDirect from other repositories or are starting their first repository. We will outline how we scoped, planned and implemented the service pilot. We will give an overview of the technical infrastructure for the service and details about the business model, including a pricing structure with consortial and other discounts, and outline the registered service provider program that will allow organizations beyond the US to run the same service. Finally we will explain the plans for the HykuDirect service and ongoing repository development going forward. We will demonstrate how this new service offering meets the evolving needs of cultural heritage institutions, making it easier for them to connect with aggregation services like DPLA and SHARE, and to use other features and services that broadly supports scholarship, open science, and scholarly communication.

9:30am - 10:00am

Our System Migrated from DSpace to Hydra and all I got was this T-shirt: How the CSU system moved from DSpace Multi-tenancy to Hydra-awesomeness

Carmen Mitchell1, Aaron Collier2

1California State University San Marcos, United States of America; 2California State University

The California State University system is the largest four-year public university system in the United States. Getting all 23 campuses to work together on a collaborative project and come to consensus isn’t always a simple process. One thing that all the CSU Libraries agree on is that they have outgrown their multitenancy instance of DSpace, and need a repository with more flexibility and customization. We also needed to improve communication, sharing of documentation, and shared workflows. From the initial survey of requirements through the first campus migration, this presentation explains how the CSU ScholarWorks Steering Committee planned out and managed the transition, what we consider to be our successes, and where we would have done things differently.

10:00am - 10:30am

Hyku: A Repository for All Seasons

Hannah Frost, Mike Giarlo, Mark A. Matienzo

Stanford University Libraries, United States of America

Hyku is a next-generation open source repository solution developed by Stanford University, DuraSpace and the Digital Public Library of America through their partnership in the Hydra-in-a-Box project. After an extensive design process, the partners codified a set of functional and technical requirements, prioritized the work and organized community-based teams in a series of sprints to develop the system, leading up to Hyku’s first release in early 2017. Hyku meets a main goal of the Hydra-in-a-Box project: to provide a repository solution that is easier to use, deploy, and maintain than many existing repository solutions. It builds on widely-adopted Hydra code, adding a range of new features that benefit users by enabling support for the deposit, discovery and use of diverse content types in cultural heritage collections. Furthermore this software can be run in a cloud-based, multi-tenant architecture, so that hosted services can proliferate for the growing repository market. Hyku and the other Hydra-in-a-Box project outcomes allow a significantly greater number of cultural heritage organizations to sustain scalable repositories and provides an easier path to having content aggregated by the Digital Public Library of America and connecting with other networked services in the research and cultural heritage communities.