Hydra is a repository solution that is being used by institutions on both sides of the North Atlantic to provide access to their digital content. Hydra provides a versatile and feature rich environment for end-users and repository administrators alike. For the Yale Library, Hydra represents a new framework for us to manage digital preservation and dissemination. Based on the Fedora Commons software, Hydra offers flexibility in building a repository solution that fits our needs exactly without requiring us to make massive changes in infrastructure. Hydra also uses Blacklight as the main delivery platform which provides a simple to use discovery platform making searching our collections much more modern and streamlined compared to our legacy interfaces.
Our first phase of development was to work with a specified set of projects, mostly from the Arcadia Grant funded digitization projects. In the coming year we plan to begin migrating legacy digital collections into the Hydra framework.
In addition to the digital content, we are also working on creating a Blacklight interface that will combine the article/journal searching available from Summon with records from Orbis and Morris (Law) with an aggressive goal of bringing up a beta test in the spring of 2014 and full launch to the world in August 2014.
Lastly, in June 2013, the Yale Library became the 18th partner in the Hydra community. For a full list of partner institutions, use this link: http://projecthydra.org/community-2-2/partners-and-more/
Library IT staff working on the project
Partners / collaborating departments
Law Library Technical Services
Cataloging and Metadata Services
Digital Infrastructure Working Group
Hydra Implementation Group
Hydra officially selected November 2012
Training, research & development, infrastructure setup winter/spring 2013
Beta launch summer 2013
Production release Fall 2013