Archive for September, 2011

September finale

September 25, 2011

The month of August brought with it some unexpected (non-technical) challenges for the HiH team but still I am delighted to be able to report that the system went live at hydra.hull.ac.uk a couple of days ago.    Whilst there remains a lot of tidying up to do behind the scenes, at least things are discoverable and accessible just in time for the start of our new semester.  We have management sets and display sets in place and 99% working; generally there is, though, quite a list of ‘cosmetic’ display bugs still to be addressed.  If you look, you should see about a third of the repository content through the public URL.  On campus Hydra will be accessed via the University portal which does an invisible login; this offers more content to students and even more to staff.  The HiH project itself finishes at the end of this month.

Hydra/ngea in Hull was not, though, just about getting this technology in place for our university.  We have learned a lot from the process of doing that and we are now in a much better position to promote Hydra in the UK (and mainland Europe) and to advise and assist others who may wish join the Hydra worldwide community.  As far as the JISC project is concerned, there remain a few deliverables to finish (not least the Project reports) and a bit more dissemination to do.

If you haven’t looked at the Hydra Project’s official website for a while, I recommend a visit: you can find it at projecthydra.org  There you will find information about Hydra generally and more specifically about some of the Hydra heads being developed in the US.  If you think Hydra may be of interest to your institution, please always feel free to get in touch and discuss matters.  E-mail Chris Awre and Richard Green here.

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