As of May 12 2011 this charter is still under development.

What is Hypatia?

Hypatia is an initiative to create a Hydra application (Fedora, Hydra, Solr, Blacklight) that supports the acessioning, arrangement / description, delivery and long term preservation of born digital archival collections.  Hypatia is being developed as part of the AIMS Project ("Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship"), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Hypatia is a cross-institutional effort that includes University of Virginia (grant lead), University of Hull, Stanford (Hypatia development lead) and Yale.

Current Status of Hypatia development

The current phase of Hypatia development will be completed at the end of the current grant on September 30th, 2011. Hypatia is being developed using an Agile methodology with month long iterations and weekly code submissions. The Hypatia application will not be completely functional at the end of this grant cycle and it is anticipated that the institutions supported by the current grant will seek additional funding to continue developing the application. As of early May 2011 we anticipate that by the end of the current effort or phase of developerent the application will be in the following state:

Hypatia Features and Functionality - September 2011

Additional Features or Added Functionality Hypatia Should Support

The AIMS team has created detailed functional requirements for arranging and describing born digital archival collections.  Some of these features include:

The Hypatia development team hopes to include as many of these features as possible into the current work phase that will end in September 2011. The institutions building Hypatia are strongly committed to developing the application beyond the current grant cycle to support this functionality.