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Time: 9:00am PDT / Noon EDT

Moderator: Tom Johnson

Notetaker: James R. Griffin III



  1. Roll call by timezone per following order - ensure notetaker is present (moderator)

    1. folks outside North and South America

    2. Eastern timezone

    3. Central timezone

    4. Mountain timezone

    5. Pacific timezone

    6. folks who were missed or who dialed in during roll call

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    8. Welcome all newcomers!
  2. Agenda (moderator)
    1. Call for new agenda items (moderator)
    2. What to do about Blacklight::Access::Controls (Chris Colvard )
  3. Moderator & notetaker for next time
    1. Moderator: LaRita Robinson
    2. Notetaker: Julie Allinson
  4. After call, this week's notetaker should create the agenda for the next call:
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Blacklight Access Controls (Colvard)

  • Johnson raised this issue within hydra-head (
  • Depends on blacklight-access-controls (
  • Split out from hydra-access-controls (
  • Used to have similar read/discovery access controls
  • Within the Blacklight context, this Gem hasn’t had activity since January
    • Not under Samvera, hence it cannot be considered a Core Component
    • It is sitting with some breaking changes in the master branch
  • How to we insulate ourselves from potential changes in that Gem?
  • How do we ensure stability in hydra-head?
  • Perhaps we can fold it into samvera-labs?
  • Questions?
    • Does this fit into the scope of the permissioning WG? (Samvera Permissioning Analysis and Design Working Group)
    • LaRita Robinson
      • It should be, but Blacklight hasn't been explored too thoroughly
      • The WG just undertook requirements gathering
      • The intent would be to have the permissioning work would feed through a single interface
      • There should be one source to manage the permissions within the Samvera application stack
    •  Colvard
      • hydra-access-controls
      • Does not depend upon the release candidate for blacklight-access-controls
      • Perhaps we should wait to take action until the Permissioning WG proceeds with their work
    • Leacock
      • Is Blacklight a core component?
    • Johnson
      • No, Blacklight itself has maintainers outside of the community and its own governance structure
      • Arguably, this should also be the case for blacklight-access-controls, but it is not receiving any maintenance
    • Colvard
      • Does the Samvera community need to own it under the Blacklight GitHub organization?
      • Can we try and ensure that hydra-head is maintained without duplicating work between communities?
    • Robinson
      • Try and keep track of information, but permissions management is likely going to require some significant changes
      • Maintenance should still be addressed, but the simplest changes should be the goal
      • Ultimately the access controls for hydra should ultimately be deprecated
    • Colvard
      • If actions are taken, updates will be discussed on the samvera-tech mailing list

Moderator and Notetaker

  • Moderator for Next Meeting
    • (Not going to be held next week due to Samvera Connect, but for 10/17/18)
    • LaRita Robinson shall serve as the moderator
  • Notetaker
    • Julie Allinson will serve as the notetaker

Call concluded at 12:22EDT

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