Hydra-In-A-Box Has a New Name!

Re-posted from the Hydra-In-A-Box team by Carol Minton Morris (cmmorris@duraspace.org)

Hydra-In-A-Box Project Update                                 Vol 1, Issue 1, December 2016

An email newsletter from the Hydra-in-a-Box team with news and information
about community progress, plans, and pilots.


The Hydra-In-A-Box Project team knew early on that the repository product needed to have a distinct name (What’s in a Name? The Many Facets of Hydra-In-A-Box). We wanted a name that would relate to the Hydra theme, but that would also be distinct and new. Over the course of 2016, we gathered suggestions from the community and had a lot of fun brainstorming (you should see our Slack discussions!). The idea for the name “Hyku” came about during a Cramer family trip to the Grand Canyon. By September, “Hyku” had made it to the project team’s short list, and after an internal project team vote, it was declared the winner.

The new name meets all the key criteria: short, easy to pronounce, starts with “Hy”, will not be confused with existing technology products, alludes to values we all hold dear-creativity, nature-and lends itself to playfulness. We can actually write haikus about it and riff on the name in fun ways for service marketing and promotion, e.g., Hykurate, Hykurry, Hykurumba… We hope you like “Hyku” as much as we do!


We have made significant progress towards releasing a feature-filled version of Hyku with code contributions from 6 additional institutions beyond the core partners. Your ongoing help will ensure a successful 2017 launch of Hyku-designed to meet your needs now and into the future.

As plans for the launch of Hyku pilot programs are completed we will be in touch to learn more about how you would like to be involved in testing early releases of Hyku, and in piloting HykuDirect, our hosted repository service. Please be in touch with any questions at hyku-contact@googlegroups.com.

A special thank you to the Hydra community institutions that have contributed so much to developing Hyku and the software on which it depends: Penn State University; Northwestern University; University of Michigan; University of Notre Dame; Oregon State University; Indiana University; the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and others.