DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. For more information, visit the DPLA website.
After nearly 22 months of design and development, the Hydra-in-a-Box project partners -- the Digital Public LIbrary of America, DuraSpace, and Stanford University -- have made demonstrable progress to extend the Hydra project codebase and to develop next-generation repository and metadata aggregation solutions, incorporating the capabilities and affordances to support networked resources and services in a shared, sustainable, nationwide network.
This presentation offers the DPLA community an update on all aspects of the project. We will show: how the input (through user interviews conducted with DPLA community members and others) was incorporated into the process of designing the repository and aggregator products; how the larger repository community has helped to shape and develop the repository software; a demonstration of the repository application called Hyku, including the ease of deploying it to the cloud; a roadmap for application development in the final year of the IMLS-funded effort; and the plans for offering a Hydra-in-a-Box hosted service called HykuDirect. Hyku and the other Hydra-in-a-Box project outcomes allow a greater number of cultural heritage organizations to sustain scalable repositories and provides an easier path to having content aggregated by the Digital Public Library of America and connecting with other networked services.