Known Samvera contractors


This wiki page has the beginnings of a directory. If you know of a contractor / firm (or are one yourself!) who doesn’t mind being listed, please list them here. Or if you think they might be OK but would prefer someone from Steering follow up, please email and we will inquire on behalf of the community. 

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Contractor (with contact details)InstitutionWork done and any other notes

Data Curation Experts

Minneapolis-based; contact Mark Bussey:

March-December 2011 - design and implementation of Hydra@Hull (using Hydra 3 at the time), coupled with training of local staff for ongoing maintenance and development, which enabled subsequent move to Hydra 6 and other developments -

Summer 2014 - design and implementation of Blacklight index for combination of three archives catalogues at Hull History Centre -

2017-present - Hosting an ETD deposit and approval system based on Hyrax.

2018 - Offering Tenejo as a fixed-cost hosted Samvera Repository solution. -

Cottage Labs

UK based; contact Anusha Ranganathan ( or Richard Jones (

See also:

University of Hull


Stanford University

University of Oxford

Summer 2016 - Implementation of an automated workflow to package and deposit research data from cloud-hosted storage (Box) through Archivematica and into Hydra@Hull.

March 2017 - June 2019 - Providing an instance of Hydra, with GeoBlacklight and IIIF support to the University of Jisc Research Data Management Framework. Over the course of the contract we will be carrying out various enhancements to the platform, with a view to feeding back general changes to the community.

Oct 2015 - Mar 2016 - Development of  a prototype discovery index for medieval manuscripts that combines traditional descriptive catalog records with user-enhanced information in the form of transcriptions and annotations.The discovery index is a web application that utilizes a customized Blacklight front-end coupled with a SOLR index.

Sep 2015 - Sep 2016 - Design and development of a simple demonstration workflow between a data repository and a data paper publisher, enabling researchers to easily publish datasets as peer reviewed data articles. The implementation takes the form of a API definition along with a reference implementation, in the form of a bridging application allowing researcher to submit references to their datasets from the institution / subject data repositories, create a data paper in accordance to the chosen publisher / journal requirements with the help of the application and once complete, submit the paper to the chosen journal. The application is based on Sufia 6

SoftServ by

Based in San Diego, CA


Software Services by was founded as Notch8 by Rob Kaufman in 2007. Since then, we have grown to a team of sixteen developers and have worked on projects around the globe. Founded and based in San Diego, California, we have supported virtual employees for several years, with the entire company going full-time remote in 2020. Our team currently includes full-time staff based in three time zones and two countries (United States and Canada).

SoftServ works predominantly in Ruby on Rails and Javascript frameworks and React Native mobile applications, but we have expertise in several other languages. Since 2016, we have been active with digital library solutions, primarily through our involvement with the Samvera Community. We are Samvera Partners and both in and out of the Samvera framework, we have contributed to more than 25 projects in the digital repository space.  A list of our Samvera and BlackLight project partners includes PALNI/PALCI Hyku for Consortia, British Library, Atla Digital Library, Yale University, UCLA, Georgetown University, National Library of Ireland, University of Louisville, US Dept. of Transportation, Harvard University,Trinity College Dublin, Rutgers University, University of Tennessee Knoxville, and the Adventist Digital Library.

We offer a Hyku repository service at

CoSector, University of London

Based in the UK.


King's Fund

University of Hull

Warburg Institute

The Research Technologies Team have been hosting and developing OS repositories and associated services since 2007. Working with the EU, Jisc, University College London, The Linnean Society and many more along the way. In recent years we have added Samvera to our expertise stack.
Samvera projects include working with the University of Hull, in partnership with Cottage Labs, to deliver a digital archive for the Hull City of Culture, using Hyrax and Archivematica, and integrating with Blacklight and CALM.
In June 2018 we launched the King's Fund Digital Archive. A hosted Hyku repository showcasing digitised archive material The content of this repository was migrated from an existing EPrints instance. The implementation of this repository also included enhancing the Hyku Universal view integration.
Since October 2018 we have been working with the Warburg Institute to set up a Hyrax based offprints repository. 

We are available to provide repository hosting as well as bespoke development of repository features and stand-alone solutions. We can also provide repository-related consultancy, including organisational workflow analysis, needs assessment, upgrade assistance and troubleshooting.

Ubiquity Press

Based in the UK and US.

Contact: Brian Hole

Ubiquity provides development services relating to the Hyku platform and more broadly in regard to scholarly publishing and communications. Recent work has been to bring Hyku to an MVP level and launch the UK Shared Research Repository with the British Library and five other UK institutions, to achieve feature parity with the bepress Digital Commons platform and migrate and launch Pacific University's Common Knowledge repository, and to add a wide range of new features under the Advancing Hyku project. 

We provide expertise in the following areas:

  • Ruby, python and PHP
  • DevOps, highly scalable cloud infrastructure
  • Integration with scholarly publishing and open science infrastructure

Organizations Offering Hosting Services

OrganizationHosted Product(s)
Data Curation Experts (DCE)

Tenejo - Tenejo provides a fully-featured, flexible repository solution to showcase your digital content. You get the benefits of a Samvera-based solution including robust collection building, IIIF integration, workflow management, and many other features. Outsourcing your Samvera hosting eliminates your upgrade, staffing, hardware, bandwidth, backup, and security worries.

Hosting for Custom Applications - DCE provides full service hosting for custom developed Samvera applications.

CoSector, University of London

Hyku - Hyku is an out of the box Hyrax-based repository with support for multi-tenancy created from the 'Hydra-in-a-Box' project. We offer hosting of single- and multi-tenant Hyku instances.

HyraxLeaf - we also offer hosting of bespoke, tailored repositories based on our HyraxLeaf instance, including flexible content models and all of the other features of Hyrax such as flexible workflows, IIIF support and more.

SoftServ by

In 2019, SoftServ launched a hosted version of Hyku called HykuUP. Check out for pricing and to sign up for the beta version today.

DevOps and Maintenance support:  SoftServ provides up time monitoring, error tracking, security monitoring and patching of applications.  We can also offer additional help in setting up your deployments and scripts.  These services are available on SoftServ managed servers, or for projects hosted on external servers.  

Hosting:  In addition to support and our hosted repository service, SoftServ also offers hosting for individual web applications both inside and outside the Samvera space.

Ubiquity Press

Ubiquity repositories (based on Hyku) are cloud hosted and open source, with no lock-in. Suitable for both large and small institutions, they provide high-quality hosting of publications, special collections, theses, Open Educational Resources and research data all in one place. The repositories are designed to be reputation-enhancing with attention to design, metrics and researcher engagement.

The platform is particularly well suited to multi-tenant solutions (for example see the UK Shared Research Repository) and as an open alternative to Bepress (for example see Pacific University's Common Knowledge repository, which is a successful migration). The platform also benefits from ongoing development of new features in the Advancing Hyku project.

Ubiquity repositories are also fully integrated with our open access publishing platform, providing journal, book, OER and research data publishing.

Ubiquity offers full support for migration, manages all cloud hosting, provides robust SLAs, as well as complete training and support. We also provide a dedicated account manager to assist with the ongoing development of your repository to ensure you get the most out of it.