NE Regional Group (North East and/or New England)

NE Regional Group Meeting: May 22 2017

Calling all Northeast Hydranauts! Come join your colleagues from Amherst, Boston Public Library, Brown, DPLA, Northeastern, WGBH, Yale, and other institutions as we gather for a one-day meeting to discuss all things Hydra. #HydraNE2017

Location & Logistics

Snell Library, Northeastern University 

Map and Directions


Agenda (roughly sketched)

8:30 - 9:00     Registration and Coffee

9:00 - 9:10     Welcome and Day Setting

9:10 - 10:00    Update from the DPLA

10:00 - 10:30  Charon Project (Northeastern)

10:30 - 10:45  Break

10:45 - 12:00  Institutional Updates

12:00 - 1:00    Lunch (Update from Hydra Steering)

1:00 - 2:15      Breakouts I

2:15 - 2:30      Break

2:30 - 3:45      Breakouts II

3:45 - 4:00      Wrap Up


Please contact Patrick Yott ( with any questions.



Possible Break-Out Sessions

Proposed topics/sessionsDescription
General repository conceptseg. fixity checks, virus checks, ... Concepts that apply across repositories, not just repositories built on hydra ruby gems.
Project UpdatesState of Keepy McDataface nation; projects underway and their progress; future and potential future directions.

dev ops


User experience in the breakout sessions

Metadata Management, PCDM, Fedora 4 migration

Developing with Hydra for non-CC use cases, performance and scalability

Repositories as preservation and access systems.

Hyrax, Avalon, spotlight, other curation gems , project management for hydra projects,

Hydra for repository managers, Hydra-in-a-Box/Hyku/Hyrax

Fedora 4

Integration with Fedora 4 for existing projects; getting Hydra up and running with Fedora 4; etc.

SpotlightDiscussion of Spotlight features; how to integrate Spotlight into an existing Hydra project, etc.
Content modelingLooking at the emerging Portland Common Data Model; content modeling for complex objects; content modeling in Fedora 4; modeling in RDF; other strategies for modeling
Code release workflowsHow do we manage the application life cycle? How to manage new releases of your own codebase?
UX discussionOpen discussion of various UX topics with regard to Hydra and Blacklight
APIsOpening up data within your repository to the outside world; integration of Hydra-managed content with Wordpres, Drupal, ??
Preservation & auditingWhat tools are available for preservation and auditing? What are institutions doing along these lines currently?
Hydra for managersDiscussion of issues related to managing software development projects with Hydra
Institution updatesEach institution will give an informal 5-10 "lightning talk"-style presentation where they provide updates on current projects, discuss recent milestones, give a demo of functionality (existing or in-development), etc.