SoCal Fedora Camp at Caltech

Thu, 2016-04-28 07:27 -- carol

Austin, TX  The most recent Fedora camp in Pasadena, California was hosted by the Caltech Library at the California Institute of Technology's Keck Institute for Space Studies.

The beautiful Caltech campus was an ideal setting for the 40 camp attendees who enjoyed turn-of-the-last century architecture that reflected the institution’s beginnings as Throop University in 1891. The institution was renamed the California Institute of Technology in 1920. The well-known Caltech Turtle and Frog Ponds were a favorite stop on the way to and from camp sessions.

Camp instructors included Diego Pino, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Stefano Cossu, Art Institute of Chicago, Ben Armintor, Columbia University, David Wilcox, Fedora Product Manager of DuraSpace and Andrew Woods, Fedora Tech Lead of DuraSpace. Participants included developers familiar with both Hydra and Islandora, librarians and administrators who shared an interest in gaining hands-on Fedora experience. The curriculum included an overview and in-depth technical “deep dive” sessions as well as question and answer discussions regarding features, migrations, data modeling, indexing for search and discovery, extending Fedora, and more.

Camp social events included low-key, casual gatherings including a reception at the Bodega Wine Bar and a dinner at “Dog Haus” where board games and discussions helped to promote the informal camp vibe throughout the event.

Fedora Camp NYC in collaboration with host Columbia University Libraries is in the planning stages for late 2016. Organizers are considering offering a half day of dual tracks to allow for teaching hands-on Fedora skills targeting different roles, and providing use case exercises that include real world examples of digital content. More information about Fedora Camp NYC will be available soon.  Please contact David Wilcox if you have questions <dwilcox@duraspace.org>.