Outline timetable

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The timetable below is indicative only and shows how the first versions of Hydra, intended for use by the partners - not for public release - are developing. The public alpha release of Hydrangea, an installable package that bundles the complete Hydra stack together, is intended for demonstration at the OR10 conference in July 2010.


June: OR11 in Austin, Texas (green star)

March: (Tentative) LibDevConX 2 at Stanford (question)

January: (Tentative) Hydrangea Release Candidate (question)



  • Extensive effort to finalise and stabilise detail of Hydra/ngea modelling (in all senses: content types, cModels, Ruby models)
  • Hydra camp and Hydra meeting at Stanford following DLF conference (tick)
  • Hydra/ngea presentation at DLF in Palo Alto (tick)

October: Hydra camp held in Minneapolis by MediaShelf and Stanford (tick)

August: Hydra meeting at Stanford (tick)

July: OR10 conference in Madrid, Spain (tick)

  • Alpha release and demonstration of Hydrangea (Actually, August (wink) )

March 23-25: LibDevConX meeting at Stanford. (tick) First community meeting around Hydra; demonstrations of work so far; start of possible community contributions.

January: work starts to implement AuthN and AuthZ (tick)



  • Proof-of-concept demonstration site available for search and discovery interface (tick) This is Hull's take on what Hydra might look like for its institutional users; the eventual interface provided 'out-of-the-box' will be configurable in a fairly straightforward fashion.
  • ETD production system goes live at Stanford (tick)
  • Work on SALT (Self-archiving legacy toolkit) Hydra head starts at Stanford (tick)
  • Revised thinking on content models published (tick)
  • FESL released to partners; preliminary testing with Islandora team at UPEI (tick)


  • 18-21 May: OR09 conference: presentations about Hydra; meeting with FESL developers to specify Hydra's needs (tick)
  • public launch of this wiki space including first ideas about content modelling (tick)
  • Blacklight available for testing with Hydra objects in partners (tick)


  • A 'pre-alpha' demonstrator is up and running (tick) which shows proof-of-concept for the proposed Hydra technology stack.


  • Specification of core Hydra client (tick)
  • Set of design mock-up pages complete (tick)



September: Formation of Hydra group. (smile)