Friday, November 20, 2015

Hydra: Get a head on your repository

Hydra: Get a head on your repository.  Hydra Project website. November 2015.
  • Hydra is a Repository Solution:  Hydra is an open source software repository solution used by institutions worldwide to provide access to their digital content.  Hydra software provides a versatile and feature rich environment for end-users and repository administrators.
  • Hydra is a Community: Hydra is a large, multi-institutional collaboration that gives institutions the ability to combine their repository development efforts into a collective solution beyond the capacity of any individual institution to create, maintain or enhance on its own. The project motto is “if you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together.”
  • Hydra is a Technical Framework: Hydra is an ecosystem of components that lets institutions build and deploy robust and durable digital repositories supporting multiple “heads”, which are fully-featured digital asset management applications and tailored workflows.  Its principal platforms are the Fedora Commons repository software, Solr, Ruby on Rails and Blacklight.  Hydra does not yet support “out-of-the-box” deployments but the Community is working towards such “solution bundles”, particularly “Hydra in a Box” and Avalon.

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