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University of Hull's Hydra Goes Live

From Richard Green, Consultant to Library & Learning Innovation, University of Hull, managing the Hydrangea in Hull and Hydra (Hull) Projects

Hull, UK The Hydra in Hull team is pleased to announce:

This institutional repository head replaces Hull's previous repository UI based on Muradora.  About 97% of content is transferred from Fedora 2.4 to Hydra-compliant Fedora 3.4.2 and what remains are just some edge cases that should get dealt with next week.  The launch was timed to coincide with the beginning of the semester.

The splash pages are not as customised as the team had hoped they would be at this stage – a lot of content still uses our ‘generic’ splash – but at least things are discoverable and accessible.  There is quite a list of ‘cosmetic’ display bugs still to be addressed.  If you look, you should see about a third of the content through the public URL.  (On campus Hydra will be accessed via the University portal which does an invisible login; this offers more content to students and even more to staff.)  Behind the scenes there is still a lot of work to do polishing the create and edit side of things.

Our indexing process gives us full-text for pdfs.  Underneath the lid structural (management) sets are there and working, as are display sets (which show up under ‘collections’).  Actually, clicking on a display set gives the wrong return (you should get the splash page for the collection, you currently get the members) but that’s hopefully on next week’s fix list.

About Hydra

Hydra is a large, multi-institutional collaboration focused on developing a technical framework of components that lets institutions deploy robust and durable digital repositories (the body) supporting multiple “heads”: highly feature-rich digital asset management applications and tailored workflows. More information is available at the Hydra Project web site: