August 8, 2014


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  • Karen Cariani (WGBH - Facilitator)
  • Bess Sadler (Stanford - Notetaker)
  • Mark Bussey (DCE)
  • Richard Green (Hull)
  • Kevin (Princeton)
  • Eben English (BPL)
  • Ray Lubinsky (UVA)
  • Robin Rugabber (UVA)
  • Mark Notess (Indiana)
  • Linda Newman (Cincinnati)
  • Rick Johnson  (Notre Dame)
  • Tom Cramer (Stanford)
  • Chris Awre (Hull)

Agenda & Notes

  1. Roll Call
    1. Welcome New Folks  
  2. Call for Agenda Items
  3. Next Call
    1. Date: September 12th  
      1. Facilitator: Linda Newman
      2. Notetaker: Mark Bussey
  4. Architectural oversight of Hydra core
    1. Can we ask Tom to frame what he hopes to achieve with this conversation? There are two different topics here:
      1. How do we structure the oversight? Slightly too informal right now. Let's have a F2F conversation about this at HydraConnect; it's already on the agenda.
      2. What are the connectors? What is the current gemset? What is its direction? We need a medium - large pool of developers who are comfortable with the core gem set and are continuously working on it. 
    2. We need to more effectively communicate what kinds of work are going on, e.g., updates to Hydra stack in order to work with Fedora 4. 
      1. DCE plans to show a working demo of Sufia on Fedora 4 by HydraConnect 
      2. There is a FAQ page on the wiki to address Fedora 4 updates:  Samvera and Fedora 4 - FAQ
      3. There ought to be a report out on this issue at HydraConnect
  5. Standing Community to-do's
    1. Reports back (if any)
    2. Next Partner and dev-centric meetings
      1. Hydra Connect #2, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio: 9/30-10/3/2014 – see Hydra Connect 2 - Fall 2014
        1. FYI:  Ticket price is $55 and booking is now open - details at Hydra Connect 2 - Fall 2014
        2. Discounted hotel rates are available between now and 28 August - details and booking link on the same page
        3. Registration is capped at 150, and we expect it to be booked full. REGISTER EARLY (NOW) (61 currently registered)
        4. If you know of early or potential adopters who could benefit from attending, please pass along word 
        5. Reminder email with link to current draft agenda going out Monday 11 August with a further reminder the following week before the special hotel rates end
        6. Agenda will be sent out Friday 15 August
    3. Training
      1. Hydra Camp fall 2014 (26-29 August, 2014 Princeton)
      2. Two Hydra workshops at DLF in Atlanta October 27 - 29 (Hydra Installfest + Intro to Development in Hydra)
      3. Lots of Hydra presentations at Association of Moving Image Archivists this year 
    4. Projects & Working Groups
      1. Hydramata Updates
        1. Redeveloping the core, plan is to show at HydraConnect
        2. Things are rolling along
      2. Hydra RDF WG updates (if any)
      3. Hydra Archivists WG updates (if any)
      4. Hydra UX update (if any)
      5. Hydra Digital Preservation WG update (if any)
    5. Strategic Plan
      1. We're working on a framework for interest groups / working groups, which would look a lot like what we have now but with more consistency, expectations around report outs, and allocating time for working groups at meetings. We'll discuss this more at HydraConnect.
    6. Status of information gathering on Fedora 3 -> Fedora 4 transitions (Migration messaging)
      1. Everyone should be comfortable giving the message that although there's a lot of discussion about RDF and Fedora 4, that doesn't mean that existing Fedora 3 support is going away. There might be some anxiety that Fedora 3 repositories will hit an end of life soon, and that isn't true. 
  6. Prospective Partner Intel Sharing
    1. Mark visited University of Alberta for a custom Hydra Camp, which morphed into a project planning / kickoff meeting. They are seriously committed to Hydra and have some ambitious plans. They will have folks at HydraConnect. About 12 people dedicated in the meeting + another 8 or so floating in and out. 
    2. Bess is on her way to Chile to speak at Congreso Innovatics and meet with DuocUC
    3. Hydra UK meeting: Hull, York, Lancaster, U Durham, London School of Economics. Another meeting is planned for October.