Hydra/Fedora Repository

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

Primary contact: Mike Friscia

Collaborating staff: Gail Barnett, Katie Bauer, Osman Din, Steve DiSorbo, Eric James, Robert Rice, Lakeisha Robinson, Kalee Sprague

Partners / collaborating departments

Arthur Belanger, Euan Cochrane, Law Library Technical Services, Cataloging and Metadata Services, Digital Initiatives


Digital Initiatives

Digital Infrastructure Working Group

Hydra Implementation Group


  • November 2012 Hydra officially selected
  • Winter/Spring 2013 Training, research & development, infrastructure setup
  • Summer 2013 Beta launch
  • Fall 2013 Production release