The Hydra-In-A-Box team is pleased to announce that Beta testing for local installs of Hyku repository have begun! Read all the details on our wiki and learn how your institution can participate through June 23.

Hyku is a digital content repository that provides robust deposit workflows, standards-based metadata management, convenient collection organization, preservation support, as well as integrated search, discovery, and access capabilities.

Pilot Institutions for the HykuDirect pilot program have also been selected, and the pilot is underway. HykuDirect, the fully hosted service version of Hyku repository software, handles all of the server and storage provisioning, all of the Hyku repository software installation, deployment, upgrades, and scaling.

There was significant interest in the hosted service pilot program from all types of institutions. With thanks to all the institutions who volunteered, we had far more institutions interested than we could accommodate for a limited term pilot. Six institutions representing many different institution sizes and use cases were selected, and asked to contribute $1,000 each to help cover the cost of the pilot.

The following institutions are piloting the HykuDirect service this summer:

These institutions are providing valuable feedback to the hosted service team to help ensure a robust and competitive service will be available to all institutions beginning in the fall of 2017. Pricing and subscriptions for the new service will be available in late summer.

Eric Williams-Bergen, Director of Digital Initiatives, St. Lawrence University Libraries explained his institution’s interest in participating in the HykuDirect Pilot Program:

“As a small liberal arts college, we are excited to join the HykuDirect pilot and to manage our digital assets using a robust and technologically advanced open-source platform. We are also eager to explore the opportunities HykuDirect pilot presents for us to share knowledge and experiences with other partnering institutions.”

Hyku and HykuDirect were made possible by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fund the Hydra-In-A-Box project led by The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and DuraSpace. Together, and in collaboration with their communities, these organizations extended the existing best-in-class Samvera Community (formerly Project Hydra) codebase to build, bundle, and promote a feature-complete, robust digital repository system.

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