Hydra-In-A-Box Project Update                                 Vol 1, Issue 2, February 2017

An email newsletter from the Hydra-in-a-Box team with news and information 
about community progress, plans, and pilots.
ANNOUNCING: Hyku Repository Alpha Release Coming Soon for Community Testing and Feedback

Our repository product, Hyku, is nearing an alpha release. In addition to the software development progress (read below for more details), t he Hydra-in-a-Box team has been developing a visual brand over the last two months. We look forward to unveiling the Hyku logo with the alpha release! 

Plans for the launch of Hyku pilots - a product beta test and a pilot of the hosted HykuDirect service - are underway. Watch for announcements on Twitter and for updates on our blog. Please be in touch with any questions about the pilots by writing us at hyku-contact@googlegroups.com.


The feature-filled Hyku repository is made possible with code contributions from multiple institutions beyond the core project partners.  Our community's ongoing involvement ensures a successful 2017 Hyku product release and service launch.  Recent work has focused on:
  • Testing bulk loading scripts and doing load-testing of our AWS installation of Hyku
  • Gearing up for our DPLA partners to test Hyku's ResourceSync implementation, as a mechanism for harvesting from Hyku, which now supports Change Lists in addition to (full) Resource Lists
  • Implementing group management and user management in the administrative dashboard 
  • Better integration between administrative sets and workflows, particularly around aligning roles 
  • Improving the user interface for reviewing deposited items in mediated workflows 
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; and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.


Technical Sprint Demos by Mike Giarlo
Development on the Hydra-In-A-Box repository application continues, and here are a series of demonstrations on a variety of topics.    Watch the Hydra-in-a-Box demo playlist here  .

We've been plugging away at UI design, feature development and community coordination. We extended our fall 2016 work cycle, and continue to work towards the alpha release, projected to finish in March 2017. 

New Faces at Hydra-In-A-Box by Hannah Frost and Carol Minton Morris
As the Hydra-in-a-Box project prepares for major developments in 2017, we have added three stars to the team. Please join us in welcoming Michael Della Bitta, Heather Greer Klein, and Kelcy Shepherd. Each brings deep experience, unique skills, and genuine enthusiasm to the team and will help to ensure that our collective communities are well-informed about this exciting new repository platform and the opportunities to get involved.  Read more here.

Metadata Mettle by Hannah Frost, Gary Geisler
Fifth in a series of blog posts highlighting the personas produced in our design process.  Here we meet Boyd Gordon, "the metadata guy" at a large independent research institution. He needs repository features that make the multitude of metadata tasks on his plate much faster and less cumbersome. When the Hydra-in-a-Box design team talks with seasoned digital content folks, metadata tooling and workflows are always a rich topic of discussion. Everyone has ideas for how to improve metadata work! Those conversations directly inform this persona and our ongoing plans for sophisticated metadata support in Hyku.  Read more here.

Upcoming Presentations
"Unwrapping Hydra-in-a-Box" presented by Hannah Frost at Code4Lib, Los Angeles, March 7
"Hydra-in-a-Box Project Update" presented by Heather Greer Klein at DPLAfest, Chicago, April 21
"Hyku: The Hydra in a Box" workshop with Justin Coyne and Hannah Frost, Open Repositories 2017, Brisbane, Australia, June 27
"Hyku: A Repository for All Seasons" presented by Hannah Frost and Mike Giarlo,  Open Repositories 2017, Brisbane, Australia, June 28
"Many Heads, One Service: All About HykuDirect" presented by Hannah Frost and Debra Hanken Kurtz, Open Repositories 2017, Brisbane, Australia, June 28 


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