With thanks to Mark Leggott for reporting these updates.
Charlottetown, PEI, Canada With the aim of providing Islandora/Fedora migration tools for a wide range of repository systems Islandora is set to begin testing a new ContentDM migration tool with simple image and PDF collections. At this week's Sixth International Conference on Open Repositories (OR11) UPEI University Librarian and Discovery Garden CEO Mark Leggott will show a video of the module in action. The ContentDM module is available for testers now, and will be available for the larger community later this summer.
Discovery Garden and the Islandora team continue to develop new functionality for Islandora, an open source framework that uniquely combines the Drupal and Fedora open software applications to create a robust digital asset management system. New features include a FGDC metadata editor; enhanced content modeler and form builder; flexible OAI Drupal module; handle server integration; collection/object manager GUI; a Digital Humanities Solution Pack; an updated Solr module; a new Institutional Repository Solution Pack, including support for ETDs, CitationStyles and more.
Jonathan Green from DGI is the Q2 Release Manager for Islandora. The focus of that release will be the Drupal 7 module. The E-pistemetec project in Italy announced the Beta versions of 2 new Islandora modules: "islandora_sync" creates synced nodes for each Fedora object in Drupal (https://github.com/CYBERSAR/islandora_sync); "islandora_mag" provides support for the MAG metadata standard (https://github.com/CYBERSAR/islandora_mag). Atos Origin also helped with some of the initial code for the Fedora API Drupal module. Contributions from external collaborators is on the rise as new partners and clients come on board.
The UCLA Library, City of Hope, Broughton Archipelago Sea-lice Monitoring Program, Ontario College Library System, Fundacion Juan March (Spain) are new Discovery Garden clients and Islandora users. This mix includes traditional digital library collections as well as complex science data collections.
An early version of The Islandora Guide will be available at OR11 combining Islandora documentation with basic documentation for the various applications in the full Islandora stack. The books will be printed on an Espresso POD machine to provide ongoing up-to-date documentation for this rapidly evolving project.