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October 2018 - Newsletter



Islandoracon 2019

Islandoracon is coming back! The 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. Stayed tuned to this newsletter, @islandora on Twitter, and our listserv for updates about registration, a Call for Proposals, and more.

Islandora 7.x-1.12 Progress

The next release of Islandora 7.x is well underway. Auditors finished their work last week, and a code freeze is scheduled for today, October 19th, after which only bug fixes and documentation updates will be merged into the release branch. 

Islandora CLAW

Technical Roadmap

At our last Annual General Meeting, a list of strategic goals were approved by our membership. In order to fulfill:

Create a roadmap for the future of the Islandora platform, including tools and strategies for migration

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG for short) has been working on a prioritized list of upcoming features and improvements for Islandora CLAW to help guide its development. We're aiming to release Islandora CLAW (and drop the CLAW codename) after 7.x-1.12 is released. Once that happens, this roadmap will be used to set sprint goals and other development priorities. We're opening up the roadmap to review by the entire community, and are asking for your feedback. You can leave comments either in this google doc or in the individual Github issues. We've also ranked these issues using a Github project.

Priority was agreed upon following the general rule of providing "must-have" features before migration. In other words, features which, if missing, would prevent someone from adopting the software should receive higher priority. Documentation and examples involving migrations ranked first, with multi-site support following up second. Also on the list are features built around the Fedora API specification, UI/UX improvements, new derivatives, and a lot more.

If there's anything you think is missing that's high priority, feel free to leave a suggestion in the google doc, or create an issue on Github and give it the Roadmap label. This is your chance to help shape the development of the project, so if you really need something before migrating in, this is a good opportunity to have your voice heard. After this review, the finalized list of features will be presented to the Board of Directors for approval. Once approved, the roadmap will be prominently displayed on our web site to help give people a sense of the direction of the software.

Meetings - Islandora CLAW Calls

Weekly meetings to discuss development and the Islandora CLAW 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



Conference presentation at DLF Forum 2018: Islandora for All: Adding Digital Scholarship Tools and IR Experience with LASIR Phase II

ISLE RC v1.1 expected public release: November 26, 2018

LASIR Phase I expected completion: December 31, 2018

Recent blog posts about ISLE

  1. Barnard College: Digital Repository Update

  2. ISLE: Islandora Installation Simplified – A Learn@DLF Workshop

ISLE Interest Group meetings are bi-weekly and welcome people curious about ISLE, as well as Testers a public forum to discuss ISLE and the release process.
Next ISLE Meeting: See meetings for date @ 3PM EDT via Zoom

LASIR meetings are open to everybody and currently occur within the public IR Interest Group meetings. Schedule is the fourth Thursday of each month at 3PM EST.



iCampCA November 7 - 9 2018

The last Islandora Camp of 2018 will be in sunny San Diego, CA from November 7 to 9, hosted by San Diego State University. Islandora Camp features:

  • Day One: General and introductory sessions about the software and the community that uses and supports it
  • Day Two: Hand-on workshop training with tracks for Developers and front-end Administrative users, featuring both Islandora 7.x and Islandora CLAW
  • Day Three: Sessions on specific sites, tools, and topics of interest to Islandora users

Registration is and single-day registration are open and the full conference schedule is available:

iCampEU June 17 - 19 2019

Islandora Camp is heading to Dübendorf, near Zürich, Switzerland from June 17 - 19, 2019. Hosted by Lib4RI - Library for the Research Institutes within the ETH domain: Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL, and located at Eawag.


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