This is the eighth in a series of monthly updates on the Fedora Migration Paths and Tools project – please see last month’s post for a summary of the work completed up to that point. This project has been generously funded by the IMLS.
The University of Virginia has completed their data migration and successfully indexed the content into a new Fedora 6.0 instance deployed in AWS using the fcrepo-aws-deployer tool. They have also tested the fcrepo-migration-validator tool and provided some initial feedback to the team for improvements. Some work remains to update front-end indexes for the content in Fedora 6.0, and the team will also investigate some performance issues that were encountered while migrating and indexing content in the Amazon AWS environment in order to document any relevant recommendations for institutions wishing to migrate to a similar environment.
Based on this work, we will be offering an initial online workshop on Migrating from Fedora 3.x to Fedora 6.0. This workshop is free to attend with limited capacity so please register in advance. This is a technical workshop pitched at an intermediate level. Prior experience with Fedora is preferred, and participants should be comfortable using a Command Line Interface and Docker. The workshop will take place on June 22 at 11am ET.
The Whitman College team has been busy iterating on test migrations of representative collections into a staging server using the islandora_workbench tool. The team has been making updates to the migration tool, site configuration, and documentation along the way to better support future migrations. In particular, the work the team has done to iterate on the spreadsheets until they were properly configured for ingest will be very useful to other institutions interested in following a similar path. Once the testing and validation of functional requirements is complete we will begin the full migration into the production site.
We are nearing the end of the pilot phase of the grant, after which we will finalize a draft of the migration toolkit and share it with the community for feedback. While this toolkit will be openly available for anyone who would like to review it, we are particularly interested in working with institutions with existing Fedora 3.x repositories that would like to test the tools and documentation and provide feedback to help us improve the resources. If you would like to be more closely involved in this effort please contact David Wilcox <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information.