Digital Asset Management for Museums with Hydra-in-a-Box

David Wilcox, DuraSpace, Canada, Stefano Cossu, The Art Institute of Chicago, USA

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and DuraSpace have partnered to extend the existing Hydra project codebase and its vibrant and growing community to build, bundle, and promote a feature-rich, robust, flexible digital repository – called Hydra-in-a-Box – that is easy to install, configure, and maintain. Hydra-in-a-Box is an open source, next generation repository solution built on modern standards and supported by major cultural heritage institutions, such as libraries and archives. Museums large and small can also take advantage of this shared and sustainable repository solution, especially as they address increasing demands – both internal and external – for networked resources and shared services.

Hydra-in-a-Box is powered by Fedora, a flexible, extensible repository platform for managing, preserving, and providing access to digital content. Fedora is used in a variety of institutions and organizations, including museums like the Art Institute of Chicago. Fedora 4, the latest version, introduces native linked data capabilities and a modular architecture based on well-documented APIs and ease of integration with existing applications. Fedora is the storage and preservation layer of Hydra-in-a-Box, and provides opportunities for interoperability with other systems and services.

This workshop will provide an introduction to and overview of Hydra-in-a-Box, with a focus on the features most relevant to museums. Using an online sandbox site, participants will have an opportunity to explore a fully-functional digital asset management platform using sample museum assets and metadata. Following step-by-step instructions, participants will learn how to create and manage content in accordance with linked data best practices. Attendees will also learn how to configure and customize a Hydra-in-a-Box site for search, discovery, and visual appeal.

Similar workshops have been delivered at a variety of events over the past several years. What follows is a small sample of these workshops:

Introduction to Fedora 4
Open Repositories, Dublin, IE
13 June 2016
Attendees: 35

Fedora Camp
Caltech, Pasadena, CA
11-13 April 2016
Attendees: 40

Fedora 4 Workshop
DLF Forum, Vancouver, BC
27 October 2015
Attendees: 35