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February 2019 - Newsletter



Islandora 7.x-1.12

Releases Managers Bryan Brown and Brandon Weigel launched the latest release of Islandora 7.x right on time on November 30th, 2018, with an epic Dungeons & Dragons themed release announcement.

Islandora 7 and Islandora 8: Support Timelines

As Islandora 8 (known during development as Islandora CLAW) swiftly approaches its first official release, the Islandora Foundation would like to clarify our plans for continued support for active versions of our platform. The following is a summary of the planned timeline for support:
  • Drupal 7 EOL (end of life) - November, 2021
    • Islandora 7.x  
      • One release per year: 2019
      • No new features will be added: November, 2020
      • No new bug fixes will be made: November, 2021
      • No new security fixes will be made: April, 2022
  • Drupal 8 EOL - November, 2021
    • Islandora 8.x EOS: No formal end of support is planned. Islandora 8 will transition into Islandora 9 as a relatively minor upgrade, not a migration.
  • Drupal 9 Release: June, 2020
    • Islandora 9.x Release: August 2020
You can read the full details and our reasons for this timeline here.

Islandoracon Call for Proposals

Doing something great with Islandora that you want to share with the community? Have a recent project that the world just needs to know about? Send us your proposals to present at Islandoracon this year! Sessions should be roughly 30 minutes (with time for questions).

The theme of this year's conference is "Collaborate. CHANGE. Connect." "CHANGE" is capitalized because our community is collectively facing the need to manage major changes in the tools and platforms that make our own Islandora platform work. Connecting and collaborating with others in open source is our best method to manage those changes, not just as hundreds of individual Islandora users, but as a community moving together. 

We are seeking presentations that highlight collaboration and connections within our community, with other open source communities, and with the stakeholders we serve; presentations that deal with managing change, both as a challenge and as an opportunity; and sessions that present new ways to change and innovate with Islandora.

The Call for Proposals for Islandoracon 2019 will close on April 19th, 2019. Speakers will have access to a discounted Speakers Rate for registration. Islandoracon runs from October 7 - 11th, 2019.

Islandora Foundation Mission Statement

Following a mandate from the Islandora Foundation 2018/2019 Strategic Goals, the Board of Directors has drafted a mission statement for the Islandora Foundation. We welcome public comment from the Islandora community and Foundation members for the next month, after which the Board will review comments, adjust the mission statement as necessary, and bring it to the 2019 AGM for approval by all voting members. The proposed mission statement is as follows:

“The Islandora Foundation’s mission is to ensure the long-term sustainability and development of the Islandora community and its supported open source, standards-based digital repository software.”

You can comment on this Google doc.

Islandora 8 (CLAW)


Outgrowing our Shell

A cartoon with the islandora lobster staring at an 8 in the mirrorThe name "Islandora CLAW" was always intended as a working name, to give us a quick (and fun) way to refer to the project as a distinct entity from Islandora 7.x. As we approach a first full release of the newest version of Islandora, we're ready to move beyond the nicknames of development and embrace Islandora "CLAW" as a full version of Islandora. In keeping with our Drupal-driven numbering structure from previous versions, the first release of the project-formerly-known-as-CLAW will be Islandora 8. 

In a departure from previous versions, this naming convention will not carry into the actual version numbering. Islandora 8's Committers have committed to semantic versioning, which means that the software will come out as Islandora 8, v. 1.0.0, not Islandora 8.x-1.0.

First Release: Call for Volunteers

Releasing Islandora has always had three components to it:

  • Auditing
  • Documentation
  • Testing
And we need volunteers for all three. We'll be doing things a bit differently this time around. This release will be run as two consecutive sprints: one for auditing/documentation and another for testing.

As with most projects under heavy development, our feature set has outgrown our documentation. And if we want it to be testable, we need to have up to date and accurate documentation to give our end users. We've compiled a list of what we feel is required. for documentation for a 1.0 release, and we're asking everybody out there to give this document a review. Feel free to comment, leave suggestions, or ask questions if you feel there's anything that we've missed.

The auditing/documentation sprint will be held for two weeks, from March 4th to the 15th, and we'll try to knock out everything on our wish list. If you or your organization are interested in helping us show the world all the things they can do with the new Islandora, please add your names to the sprint signup sheet. All you need to know is how to write in markdown and a Github account, so even if you don't have any experience with Islandora 8, it's a great chance to get some experience with the software and provide us with your thoughts and feedback while documenting. In fact, the more fresh eyes we can get on it, the better. Also, the committers are encouraged to join in and make themselves available to answer questions, lend a hand, and merge those documentation PRs.

After we're done, the committers will be given time to address any issues found that are deemed critical. And if all is well, we'll freeze the code, make our release branches, and slice a release candidate for our testing sprint, which will be held on April 8th to 19th. During this time, we'll try our best to do our worst to the software. We'll be entering garbage data, throwing funny characters into text fields, uploading horrendous tiffs, and much, much more. There will be more details to follow after our documentation/auditing sprint.

It's an exciting time for Islandora, and we hope that you'll take part in it. This is the culmination of several years of community effort, and we'd like to thank everyone that's had a role in the process. Every commit, code review, and bit of testing adds up to a world class repository software that can meet the needs of small and large institutions alike. It really proves how strong and sustainable the Islandora community is. It's been a long and exciting ride, and we sincerely hope you'll join us for the home stretch!


Meetings - Islandora 8 Calls

Weekly meetings to discuss development and the Islandora 8 roadmap take place every Wednesday at 1:00 PM Eastern time, and newcomers are very welcome. Please consider joining us to check in and learn more:

Community Projects


Managing the Research Data Lifecycle using Islandora

The University of Prince Edward Island has issued a press release outlining their new,  grant-funded collaboration with Simon Fraser University, and the Islandora Foundation, which will support the development of research data management tools in Islandora 8. 

Islandora for All: ISLE Updates

  • ISLE security update coming within the next 3-4 weeks.
  • New ISLE Maintainers: We are thrilled to welcome Bethany Seeger and Bridget Dahill (both: Amherst College) as ISLE Maintainers, starting March 1. Bethany will architect, implement, and monitor a structure for testing and issuing monthly ISLE security updates, ISLE releases, and zero-day releases.
  • ISLE 2.0: Adding Blazegraph as option to the default Mulgara. Blazegraph enables the ability to store more than a million objects (or 8 million triples)
  • ISLE 2.0: Adding Varnish as an optional built-in caching mechanism to improve user experience
  • LASIR: nearing finalization of specification for self-submit workflows, and beginning work on Matomo for readership reports and data visualization
  • ISLE tentatively looking at initiating LSAP in Q4 of 2019 for handoff to Islandora Foundation (after completion of grant funded Phase II work)

Islandora for All: LASIR Updates

  • Google Scholar and SEO: Completed requirements for Google Scholar and SEO enhancements + documentation; development work to begin end of February
  • Matomo Data Visualization: Continuing to work on specifications for integrating Matomo for stats collection, in-Matomo views of Matomo data, readership reports, and public widget.

Islandora Collaboration Group (ICG)

  • ICG welcomes new members: Whitman College and Franklin and Marshall College
  • ICG has created and approved a Code of Conduct (soon to be published to github), nearing completion of a mission statement, and working on improving governance and specifying additional roles and responsibilities



iCampEU June 17 - 19 2019

iCampEU buttonIslandora Camp is heading to Dübendorf, near Zürich, Switzerland from June 17 - 19, 2019. Camp will be hosted by Lib4RI - Library for the Research Institutes within the ETH domain: Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL, and located at Eawag and will feature content on both islandora 7.x and Islandora CLAW.

Registration is now open.

A Call for Proposals is open until February 15th.

Islandoracon 2019

Islandoracon buttonRegistration is now open! Our Early Bird discount period is long, ending June 1st, 2019.

This third iteration of our conference will be held October 7 - 11th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The main conference will be hosted by Islandora Foundation Partner Simon Fraser University, at their downtown location in Harbour Centre

A Call for Proposals is open until April 19th.


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