Our second Islandoracon is complete! From May 15th to 19th, 105 members of the Islandora community came together to spend their time sharing experiences, tools, knowledge, and their hopes and fears for the future of Islandora.
We kicked off the week with a Hack/Doc at McMaster University. A Hack/Doc is a variation on the traditional hackfest or hackathon model that puts an up-front emphasis on making use of a variety of skills and experience beyond programming, such as documentation, research, and testing. This model debuted in the Islandora community amongst the members of the Islandora Collaboration Group, and they provided excellent advice to adapt and adopt for Islandoracon. We also wanted to really promote collaboration by gathering bigger teams around just a few topics. Finally, we wanted the Islandoracon Hack/Doc to be an opportunity for the Islandora community to work with and contribute to Islandora CLAW, while building tools and documentation that will genuinely move the project forward and help the broader community, so we picked three projects based on Islandora CLAW (shown here with their filled-up whiteboards):
1. Writing Islandora Claw basic user documentation like the "How To" pages for Islandora 7.x
2. A Demo module in the style of the 7.x Porcus module model, made with Drupal 8.
3. Specifications or MVP needs for the Islandora Scholar module for CLAW.
How did it go? After a few hiccups with technology (and an Islandora CLAW MVP sandbox that only came into existence the night before), these three teams did some amazing work with lasting impact. The documentation team wrote a remarkable amount of introductory user documentation explaining the parts of Islandora CLAW, and work is underway to move it into the main documentation. The porcus team built the basics of a demo module with Drupal 8, which is open for continued work. The scholar MVP team has a great start on a document and is looking for more feedback to finalize it.
After the Hack/Doc, Islandoracon moved to beautiful Liuna Station, a converted train station.
May 16th and 17th were filled with regular sessions and May 18th was given over to 90-minute workshops on specifics topics in Islandora. We've put up links to as many slide decks as possible in our conference schedule so that you can review. Some highlights:
- An update on the Islandora CLAW project as the MVP gets an alpha release
- Islandora Multi-Importer: A Better Tool for Massive, Complex and Diverse Object Ingesting into Islandora
- A look at the Oral Histories Solution Pack
- Pushing Islandora's limits at the Hamburg Centre for Language Corpora
- Tips and Tricks to better understand and use your Solr
- Using Islandora as a data repository
We ended the week at the Hamilton Public Library with two half-day workshops: one on the Move to Islandora Kit and the other on Fedora 4. That afternoon held a meeting of the IR Interest Group and a free-form group discussion about the future of Islandora CLAW and how the Islandora community can become more engaged in development, which helped to inform our new Islandora CLAW FAQ and some changes to how we communicate about the project in general.