Samvera Implementations: In-development

A list of known Samvera "in development" applications and features that have been added to them (newer entries added at the top)

Institution name


contact email

Product/Service Name Brief Description
(what is it used for and by whom?)
Main Features
(any customized features or additions to base gems)
Samvera solutions/gems (Please list the gem names like Hyku, Hyrax, Avalon, Sufia, older gems) Storage Layer (Please list the storage like Fedora 3.2, Fedora 4.3 etc)

University of Virginia
Ellen Ramsey

Ubiquity Press
Brian Hole

British Library
Torsten Reimer & Rachael Kotarski

Project: Advancing HykuA collaborative project to support the growth of open access through institutional repositories, by introducing significant structural improvements and new features to the Samvera Community's Hyku platform. The project partners are University of Virginia Library, Ubiquity Press and the British Library, with funding from Arcadia, a charitable fund of philanthropists Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.

Automatic population of repository contents

Enhanced metrics to indicate usage of contents

Connect and sync with author identification and profile services

In-browser display, visualization and annotation

Pathways to long-term preservation services



Digital Collections site - running in beta

Right now, the new site contains 25 collections, including news photographs from the 20th century and Armenian manuscripts from as early as the 15th century.We are using Samvera products (Hyrax, Blacklight) and a IIIF Cantaloupe server developed as service.

The Private Academy Network of Indiana (PALNI) and The Pennsylvania Academic
Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI)
Hyku for ConsortiaA collaborative effort between the Private Academy Network of Indiana (PALNI) and the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI), the multi-tenancy of Hyku will make the platform available to member institutions and their users.

Multi-tenancy via Hyku

Enhanced theming customization


Oxford University

ORA4 (Oxford Research Archive v.4)Preservation system based on Oxford Common Filesystem Layout (OCFL) and SWORD2
  • Symplectic Elements integration with Hyrax via SWORD2
  • Import/Export via SWORD2 (though this may not be optimal for a mass export/import)
  • Embellished Hyrax form system involving 23 types of object (e.g. journal articles, thesis, etc.) and around 220 fields
  • A "review process" system involving:
    • team member management
    • depositor login management
    • deposited-object management (i.e. metadata changes, referrals, embargo, publication, etc.)
  • A series of Solr-query based reports required for REF
  • A Blacklight-Project public front-end
  • A bespoke ORA Fedora 3 -> Fedora 4 migration process
  • Message queue based transfer of metadata and binaries between separate deposit and review servers



Lafayette College, Easton PA

Lafayette Digital Repository (LDR)

Institutional repository and digital collections
  • Work types: Publication, Image/ScannedResource (forthcoming)
  • Batch ingest (Rake tasks at the moment)
  • Dashboard additions: fixity report, okcomputer status, role management
  • PDF.js viewer for documents
  • Featured collections
Hyrax 2.5.0 (attempting to stay in sync until launch)Fedora 4.7.3
McGill UniversityeScholarshipInstitutional repository for theses, dissertations, as well as other scholarly works authored by McGill faculty and students
  • Multiple Work types with various admin sets.
  • Batch uploading.
  • Custom workflows for mediated deposits.
  • Hyrax 2.3.3
  • Blacklight 6.18
  • Fedora - 7.4
  • Solr – 7
PostgreSQL 9.2.24
University of UtahLibrary Media StreamingThe library streaming site is used by students, staff, faculty, and the general public to stream media assets.
AvalonFedora 4.7.5

WGBH/American Archive of Public Broadcasting


AVALON 7  (for internal WGBH collection)

A central metadata and digital collections management system, for use by over 120 contributors to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting to submit, manage, update, and export data about their inventories and digitized content.

Work Types modeling the PBCore metadata schema's hierarchy.

Batch ingest - create multiple parent and child works from a zipped folder of PBCore xml or a CSV file.

Hyrax - 2.4.x (trying to stay up to date)


Fedora 7.4.3
Georgia State University Library


We are building a custom Digital Collections Asset Management System based heavily on the Hyrax engine.

Work types: Artifact, Manuscript, Map, Moving Image, Oral History, Photo, Publication, Sound Recording

Bulk Upload (Create multiple works from a CSV)

OHMS XML uploading (Creates oral history or moving image work from an XML created in OHMS)

OHMS viewer

Youtube viewer for Moving Images

Controlled Vocabulary Management

Controlled Vocabulary Conformity checking

Blacklight range limit gem integration

Leaflet JS map viewer

Hyrax 3.0.0.pre.beta1



Fedora 4.7.4 (backed by PSQL)

University of Michigan and Indiana University

Nabeela Jaffer (

James Halliday


source code on github

Research Data Repository
HyraxFedora 4.7.4

University of Michigan

Nabeela Jaffer (

Deep BlueInstitutional and Data Repository on Hyrax. Migrating IR from DSpace
HyraxFedora 4.7.4

University of Oregon

Franny Gaede


and Oregon State University

Margaret Mellinger 


Oregon Digital 2

Source code:

Digital collections repository

Migrating from current Oregon Digital (Hydra 6) using gem

Linked data support, controlled vocabulary support, oEmbed, collection type option to allow configurable facets per collection (order, include yes/no)

Hyrax 2.5Fedora 4.7.5 but strongly considering Valkyrie/Postgres

Warburg Institute, University of London

(hosted by CoSector, University of London)

Warburg Library CommonsOffprints Repository.Work types: Journal Article, Conference Item, Published Work (via dog_biscuits)Hyrax 2.4.xFedora 4.7.4
University of Hull (with CoSector and Cottage Labs)

Hull City of Culture

(hull_culture gem, run against base app)

Digital Asset Management for dissemination copies of AIPs deposited into Archivematica.

Work types: Digital Archival Object, Package (via dog_biscuits)

Additional indexing drawn from Archivematica METS to display info about the DIP, AIP and SIP.

Hyrax 2.4.x



Fedora 4.7.5
Duke University


A digital repository where researchers, museum curators, and the general public can find, download, and upload 3D media representing physical objects, most commonly biological specimens

Universal viewer for 3D volumetric data

Submitting multiple related works at one time

8 work types modeling 3D image acquisition with events and entities using PREMIS/PROV community standards

Search and import of metadata from external community object repositories such as iDigBio or Europeana

Hyrax 2.4.xFedora 4.7.4
Penn StateETDflow Provides student and administrator workflows around approval and publication of electronic theses and dissertations.
Video preservation system

Mediated-deposit, institutional repository for faculty publications

National Library of Ireland
Digitization workflow

California Digital LibraryDASH

Durham University (UK)

Ohio State

University of Maryland, College Park

Maynooth University (Republic of Ireland)

Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas - El Colegio de México
Institutional repository & Digital Collections

UNC, Chapel Hill

California State University

Rutgers University

Oregon Health and Sciences University

Saint Peter's University

Temple University


UC Berkeley

George Washington University

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Dartmouth College

Arizona State University

Galter Health Sciences Library

Cleveland Museum of Art

Linn-Benton Community College