HydraCamp at Yale

Earlier last month, members of Yale Library IT as well as colleagues from around campus and from other institutions attended Hydra Camp at Yale.

The group Data Curation Experts held the week long training in the Bass Library Instruction room L01. The training wrapped up on Friday March 13th with an Advanced Blacklight Workshop.

Some members of Yale Library IT who attended share their reflections below:

  • What Hydra-related projects are you currently working on?

Eric James
I’m working on Findit, Kissinger, and the future Sufia/Spotlight instances

Kalee Sprague
I work on two Hydra/Blacklight related projects: the Blacklight-based Quicksearch unified search project and the Findit Hydra/Blacklight project

Lakeisha Robinson
I’ve worked on three Hydra/Blacklight projects: Findit, Quicksearch and Kissinger.

Tracy MacMath
I work on the Findit Hydra/Blacklight (Kissinger) project, and will soon be working on the Blacklight-based Quicksearch unified search project.

Jenn Nolte
I do external (non-development) work on the Quicksearch beta project, which is powered by Blacklight.

  • Name three things about HydraCamp that you liked or think will help you with your work:

Eric James
I don’t know if I can name 3 things, but one is I found it helpful how Mark Bussey shared his personal process working with Hydra.

Kalee Sprague
Three things I liked about HydraCamp include:

The introduction to how RDF will fit into the new Fedora4 environment was very useful, especially the examples Drew Myers from WGBH gave showing their work converting PBCore to RDF.  This provided an early road map for our own conversion from XML based Fedroa3 to RDF based Fedora4.

Demos of some of the new Blacklight plugins gave me some interesting ideas for things that could be done in the future in both the Quicksearch and Findit interfaces, including a date slider and gallery view.

I really liked the connections that we made with our colleagues at other institutions that are doing similar implementations; it’s always easier to solve problems if you have good contacts at other institutions, and HydraCamp really strengthens those ties.

Lakeisha Robinson
Here are the things I liked most about HydraCamp:

Recommendations for easier upgrades.

Suggestions for tools to aid in efficient workflow practices.

Clarity on certain pieces of code.

Tracy MacMath

HydraCamp helped me better understand the Hydra stack and how each component interacts with the others.

It was also good to learn a little about databases in Hydra/Fedora, especially how they differ from the relational databases I’ve worked with in the past.

 Finally, it was nice to see Hydra/Blacklight/Sufia implementations from other institutions and learn about the Hydra/Blacklight communities. These are great resources, especially since we’ll be upgrading soon.

Jenn Nolte
I did not attend the whole HydraCamp, just the Blacklight session on Friday. To go through the motions of setting up a virtual machine and getting a Blacklight project up and running was really helpful (and fun!). It isn’t the type of thing I get to work on often and it puts a larger context around the work I do to collaborate with my colleagues in LIT.

  • Any other comments on HydraCamp?

Lakeisha Robinson
In general, I did like the HydraCamp this year and I think it helped a lot.

Tracy MacMath
I found HydraCamp to be particularly valuable because I am new to Hydra (and digital repository development in general).




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