From Joe Velaidum, Vice-President, DiscoveryGarden Inc.
Charlottetown, PE DiscoveryGarden Inc., has won the Innovation and Technology Association of Prince Edward Island’s (ITAP) “Exceptional New Product or Service” award, honouring “achievement in research and development, innovation, and successful market penetration with an IT related product or service,” according to ITAP.
“This award is a testament to the great team we’ve been able to assemble, and to the rapid demand, from all over the world, that we’re now able to meet. We’re honoured to be presented this award”, says Joe Velaidum, Vice-President of DiscoveryGarden and a professor at UPEI. Clients include the Smithsonian, Oak Ridge National Laboratories (a NASA funded lab), and the City of Hope Cancer Centre, among many others.
DiscoveryGarden Inc., located in Charlottetown PEI, provides services for “Islandora” software: a revolutionary open-source data management program developed at the University of Prince Edward Island by Mark Leggott, the University Librarian, and the President and CEO of the company. By connecting two best-practices open-source software programs, Drupal and Fedora, Islandora brings accessibility and stewardship together in an innovative new software stack. DiscoveryGarden maximizes the potential for using the Islandora framework to create custom digital asset management solutions for a variety of organizations. Open-source software is inherently cost-effective because it is free, and customizable because it is open. The DiscoveryGarden software and service advantage allows easy access to store, transform, secure, and distribute any type or size of data, anywhere, anyplace, anytime.
Starting with three original members, since opening its doors in the fall of 2010, the company has grown by 300% to meet the current demand for its services.