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We like to say that "No Grants Were Harmed in the Making of this Project", meaning that Samvera (formerly Hydra)–from the very beginning–has been a self-organized, self-funded, and sustainable project. Partners join the effort because it helps them achieve their local priorities better, faster and cheaper, and not because they are chasing after grant money. For Samvera this is a key asset and a key strategy; the project survives and thrives based on the contributions of partners, not based on external funding. 

That is not to say that grants don't play a role in the Samvera Community; many partners, and increasingly funding agencies, are looking at the project as a means to integrate, sustain and maximize the reach of a grant, by plugging into a large and growing community.

If you are interested in including Samvera in a proposal for a grant, please email the Samvera Steering Group, which represents the project in these matters, at


Hydra-Related Grants

Avalon Media System - 2017-2019

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services to Northwestern University and Indiana University

See,, and the Avalon project website.


Northwestern University Library, in partnership with Indiana University Libraries, will work to increase adoption and ensure sustainability of the open source Avalon audiovisual repository system. The project will work closely with the Hydra community to engage developers, as well as create and implement a cloud-hosted service model for Avalon. It will also integrate the platform with several scholarly tools and media preservation systems, such as the Digital Preservation Network, Archivematica, and the International Image Interoperability Framework. This work will facilitate easier adoption of the platform by a variety of institutions while also adding key features to increase Avalon's functionality.

Avalon Media System - 2015-2018

From the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Indiana University and Northwestern University

See and the Avalon project website


The grant will focus on developing additional features and functionality for Avalon, conducting studies of scholarly use of audio and video media, developing a business model for ongoing sustainability, and offering more flexible implementation options for institutions that prefer to utilize cloud-based rather than locally hosted software.


From the Sloan Foundation to the California Digital Library (CDL)


"Dash is part of our recent initiatives to improve our services for research data curation focusing on the needs of individual researchers rather than institutional librarians.  Architecturally, Dash is an overlay layer that will provide simplified submission and discovery interfaces to (hopefully) *any* repository supporting the SWORD deposit and OAI-PMH protocols, such as our existing Merritt curation repository.

"We evaluated a number of potential approaches to the development of Dash.  However, we were very encouraged by the success our UCSD colleagues had in integrating Hydra on top of their locally-developed DAMS, so we decide to follow a similar path in relying on Hydra/Blacklight to provide us with a very robust set of function out-of-the-box.  Our efforts can then be usefully refocused on refining the UI/UX, trying to achieve a figshare-like simplicity and intuitiveness, and replacing the ActiveFedora/Rubydora components with Dash analogs based on SWORD/OAI-PMH rather than the Fedora API.  This approach of deploying complex curation behaviors through the composition of loosely-coupled, protocol-linked components is in line with our long-term interest in microservice architectures."

HydraDAM2 - 2015-2017 (now known as PHYDO)

From the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to Indiana University and WGBH
See and PHYDO project wiki


In this project, we will:

  1. Extend the HydraDAM digital asset management system to operate on Fedora 4
  2. Develop Fedora 4 content models for audio and video preservation objects, including descriptive, structural, and digital provenance metadata, based on current standards and best practices and utilizing new features in Fedora 4 for storage and indexing of RDF
  3. Implement support in HydraDAM for two different storage models, appropriate to different types of institutions:
    1. direct management of media files stored on spinning disk or on tape in a hierarchical storage management (HSM) system; and
    2. indirect management and tracking of media files stored offline on LTO tapes
  4. Integrate HydraDAM into preservation workflows that feed access systems at IU (Avalon) and WGBH (OpenVault) and conduct testing of large files and high-throughput workflows
  5. Document and disseminate information about our implementation and experience to the library, archive, digital repository, and audiovisual preservation communities

 Zotero-Hydra Integration – 2014

From the Mellon Foundation to George Mason University (Zotero) and Penn State University

Summary: This project will customize Zotero and create a linkage between Zotero and Hydra-based repositories.  It will add functionality to the Zotero client software to allow users to assert authorship over their own scholarship and to indicate whether they hold the copyright to such materials. It will also develop a pluggable backend for Zotero that will allow any repository to draw such content from the Zotero ecosystem. The first implementation will involve linking Penn State’s IR, ScholarSphere, a Fedora repository built on a Hydra-based platform.  The results of this collaboration will provide open-source code for others in the Hydra community and an open API for adopters of other repository software (e.g., DSpace, Islandora, EPrints) to link institutional and subject repositories to Zotero.

ORCID-Hydra Integration – 2013

In October, 2013, the University of Notre Dame was awarded a grant from ORCID and the Sloan foundation to build an integration between ORCID and a Hydra based IR application.

Award Announcement 

The Hydra ORCID Integrator Plug-in can be re-used by any Project Hydra institution implementing the Hydra stack/ Fedora Commons to integrate their Institutional Repository (IR) with ORCID. The prototype plugin will be open-source code shared during the first months of the project on github and employed within CurateND, the University of Notre Dame’s institutional repository which is a project Hydra implementation. The proposed project to create an ORCID integrator will benefit all Project Hydra members seeking to implement ORCID iDs within their repositories and will be facilitated by a Project Hydra code sharing event planned midway through the funded effort to ensure successful uptake by multiple institutions.

HydraDAM – 2012

From the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to WGBH
See {link to be added} 


Avalon Media System – 2011-20

From the IMLS to Indiana University and Northwestern University
See the Avalon project website

Summary: The Avalon Media System is an open source system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video. The freely available system enables libraries and archives to easily manage and provide online access to their collections for purposes of teaching, learning and research. The Avalon community is made up of a dozen educational, media and open-technology institutions. The project is led by the libraries of Indiana University Bloomington and Northwestern University and is funded in part by a three-year National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Based on the Hydra framework, Fedora repository, Blacklight search, and Solr indexing, Avalon fits well with existing and emerging open repository solutions for long-term digital object management.



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