Dustin Slater, Assistant Director of Information Technology for UT Libraries at The University of Texas at Austin, leads IT teams to maximize the utility and effectiveness of digital resources across the university. He and his team have collaborated with librarians and archivists to develop a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS) based on Islandora/Fedora. UTL’s DAMS is a much-anticipated centralized and sustainable system that supports the rich description, efficient management, and public sharing of UTL’s extensive digital collections.  

In addition, the team is currently working on a Mellon grant to enhance and extend the functionality of the Latin American Digital Initiatives (LADI) project. LADI is a collaboration with Latin American partner institutions that digitally preserves and provides access to unique archival documents from Latin America. The project is being implemented in Islandora 8, formerly CLAW, which will be the first Fedora 5.0 implementation at UTL. As part of these efforts, the UT Austin team collaborated with Islandora developer Danny Lamb to develop paged content functionality that is intended to be part of the public Islandora 8 release later in 2019.

The South Central States has an active Fedora User Group. The most recent meeting of the SCSFUG (South Central Southwest Fedora User Group) was held in January at UT Austin. The agenda and archived presentations can be found in the Duraspace Wiki.