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Submissions for SVC 2018 are now closed.

We are seeking submissions and suggestions for 25-minute presentations and 10-minute lightning talks at Samvera Virtual Connect 2018. Please submit your ideas by the end of Friday, May 25, 2018.

Topics can be on anything relevant to the wider Samvera community. We especially welcome proposals on:

  • Solution bundles 

  • Individual components 

  • Community governance

  • Metadata

  • Workflows, tips, and how-tos directed to an audience of end-users and service managers, including but not limited to people working in scholarly communication, OER, metadata, publishing, and curation

  • Project and Service Management

  • Samvera-based repositories (publishing, institutional, data, etc.)

  • Curatorial tools

Audience options: All, Developers, Managers, System Administrators, Metadata, Other (please specify)

Presentation proposals (25-minute)

Presentation submissions are now closed.

Your Name and EmailCo-PresentersAudienceTitle & Abstract (around 200 words)July 11July 17
Esmé Cowles <
repository managers, managers of developers, and others involved in open source community decision making

Valkyrie is a new persistence layer for Samvera, designed to address performance and sustainability problems.  It was developed through the existing Samvera Working Group process, showing that the current Samvera community governance structure can be used to tackle big problems.

Valkyrie features pluggable persistence options, allowing Samvera applications to use not just the historical combination of Fedora and Solr, but also other options like Fedora or Solr by themselves, PostgreSQL, and local disk.  Allowing Samvera applications to use different persistence options refocuses the Samvera community, shifting away from persistence in Fedora as the defining aspect of the community. Instead, the focus shifts to the shared tools built by the community.

Lynette Rayle <>
repository managers and developersA demo of the new collections features in Hyrax 2.1.0.XX
Tom Johnson <>

Actor Refactor Contractor

The 'Actor Stack' is an important but little understood point of extension in Hyrax and CurationConcerns applications. This talk will explore the actor stack through a critical lens. Questions addressed include: How does the stack work? How can I best approach customization? What are the pain points? How did we get here? Where might we go next?


Lightning talk proposals (10-minute)

Lightning talk submissions are now closed.

Your Name and EmailCo-PresentersAudienceTitle & Abstract (around 100 words)July 11July 17
Jen Young <j-young2 @>Julie Hardesty <jlhardes @>metadata, developers

Title: Avalon’s Audiovisual Work in Hyrax: It’s about time


Avalon Media System is working towards a release to integrate with Hyrax in support of time-based media formats. This includes creating a Work type to support the needs of audio and video formats and provide an upgrade path for those who have been using Avalon in it’s previous releases as a standalone Samvera product. Join us for a look at the new Audiovisual Work type, specifically how we’re transitioning descriptive metadata from MODS XML to RDF.

XX (preferred time)
Todd Crocken -
repository managers, metadata, developers

Title: Bridge2Hyku: Building a Migration Toolkit


Bridge2Hyku is an IMLS-funded grant project that is building a migration toolkit to assist institutions interested in migrating their digital content to Hyku. The toolkit contains general guidance for migration planning, documentation for software that enables efficient and effective data migration, and an introduction to the Hyku platform. This presentation will provide an overview of the project goals and timeline, an update on project progress, and information about how to contribute to the Bridge2Hyku migration toolkit.

Steve Van Tuyl - steve.vantuyl@oregonstate.eduTom Johnson - tom@curationexperts.comhyrax users/managers/developers/people

Title: An Update on the Hyrax Roadmap


At Samvera Connect 2017, we presented a draft roadmap for the Hyrax 2.x-3.x release series. Since then, much work has been done to fulfill the promise of that roadmap, and work continues. In this talk we'll quickly review the roadmap, discuss the current status of work on Hyrax, and call for participation in future development efforts to bring Hyrax to 3.0 as soon as feasible.

Tom Johnson - tom@curationexperts.comSteve Van Tuyl - steve.vantuyl@oregonstate.eduhyrax users/managers/developers/people

Title: What are we going to do with the Hyrax Working Group?


At the Spring 2018 Partners Meeting, we formed a working group to focus a dedicated team of developers on supporting Hyrax. In this presentation, we will discuss where the working group stands, what our vision is for how the working group will function and what they will focus their efforts on, and plans for the sustainability of the working group moving forward.

Moira Downey - moira.downey@duke.eduWill Sexton -, Susan Ivey - susan.ivey1@duke.edurepository managers, research data curators

Title: Taking the self out of self-deposit: adapting Hyrax for mediated deposit of research data

Abstract: Over the course of the last six months, Duke University Libraries have been engaged in adjusting some of the native features of Hyrax in order to support a research data curation workflow that is heavily mediated and may involve extensive pre-publication alterations to files and their arrangement or description. This presentation will cover how we've adapted a Hyrax application to facilitate research data curation best practices, using the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data guidelines as a framework.

Nicholas Woodward - njw@austin.utexas.eduCourtney Mumma -

repository managers and developers

Title: An update from the Hyku Service Provider Group

Abstract: Beginning in April, folks from DuraSpace, Stanford University, Digital Curation Experts, CoSector (U. of London), Ubiquity Press, Texas Digital Library and Notch8 have been meeting to discuss their experiences hosting Hyku and develop a roadmap for its future. This presentation will update the Samvera community on the work group members have done to host and implement Hyku, plans for future work, and present several topics for consideration such as a potential governance structure and the feasibility of Hyku going forward.

Chris Colvard - cjcolvar@indiana.eduAdam Arling - adam.arling@northwestern.eduManagers, Developers, Metadata

Title: Now out on Betamax: IIIF Presentation 3.0
Abstract: IIIF Presentation 3.0 pushes beyond only images to support time-based media. This presentation will explain the new possibilities and how the Avalon team is helping to bring those to Hyrax.


Interest and Working Group updates

Sign-up for Interest and Working Group updates are now closed.

Group NameGroup Chair(s)Contact Person (name and email)
Repo Managers IGJullie Rudder and Nabeela Jaffer

Julie Rudder (

DSpace to Hyrax IGRyan Steans and Nabeela Jaffer

Ryan Steans (

Samvera Governance WG (now Election WG)Rosalyn Metz and Carolyn Caizzi (now Ryan Steans)
Permission Analysis and Design working groupJeremy Friesen
Samvera Newspapers IGEben English and Brian McBride
CONTENTdm Migration IGTodd Crocken
UX Interest GroupAdam Arling and Nik Dragovic

Adam Joseph Arling (

Samvera Metadata Interest GroupRuth Tillman and Julie Hardesty
Code Stability Working GroupJennifer Lindner

Jennifer Lindner (

Marketing WG

Chris Awre

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