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From Hydra to Samvera: An open source community journey

Awre, Chris; Green, Richard


Richard Green


The Hydra Project started in 2008 through a partnership between the University of Hull, the University of Virginia, Stanford University and Fedora Commons (now DuraSpace) to create tools that support use of the Fedora digital repository. Hull adopted the software outputs from this collaboration for its institutional repository in 2011 and remains an active Partner in the community, serving on the Steering Group and fostering development of the community and software in the UK and mainland Europe: The community now has 35 formal Partners and over 70 known adopters internationally. In June 2017 Hydra changed its name to Samvera, Icelandic for 'being together', to recognize the value gained from multiple institutions working together to create the underlying common basis upon which multiple different repository solutions have been implemented. Samvera can be adopted through a set of tools to develop your own repository (using a package called Hyrax as the starting point) and is also available as a complete repository solution, hosted or local, through the use of Hyku. The community has been at the heart of making Samvera a success, and will continue to underpin its future direction.


Awre, C., & Green, R. (2017). From Hydra to Samvera: An open source community journey. Insights the UKSG journal, 30(3), 82-88.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 9, 2017
Online Publication Date Nov 8, 2017
Publication Date Nov 8, 2017
Deposit Date Jan 8, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 15, 2018
Journal Insights the UKSG journal
Print ISSN 2048-7754
Electronic ISSN 2048-7754
Publisher Ubiquity Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 3
Pages 82-88
Keywords Hydra; Samvera; Digital repositories; Open source software community; Fedora
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