Monday 3rd June, 2013
4:45pm to 5:30pm
Hydra is a repository solution that is being used by institutions on both sides of the North Atlantic to provide access to their digital content. Hydra provides a versatile and feature rich environment for end-users and repository administrators alike. It is an ecosystem of components that lets institutions deploy robust and durable digital repositories (the body) supporting multiple "heads": fully-featured digital asset management applications and tailored workflows. Its principle platforms are the Fedora Commons repository software, Solr, Ruby on Rails and Blacklight. Come learn about this exciting new open source initiative and see how you and your organization can benefit and get involved.
Associate Director, Digital Library Systems & Services
Tom Cramer is the Chief Technology Strategist and Associate Director of Digital Library Systems and Services for the Stanford University Libraries. He directs the Stanford Digital Repository, and oversees the technical development and delivery of Stanford's digital library services, including digitization, management, preservation and access of digital resources that support teaching, learning and research.
He is a founder of the Hydra Project, and the first adopter and an active contributor to Blacklight, two successful open source projects rooted in higher education that provide rich and robust solutions for digital asset management and discovery. He is an architect of Stanford's digital medieval manuscripts interoperability efforts, and currently spending much of his time driving the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). Tom frequently leads workshops on digital preservation, is the Chair and Co-Director of PASIG (the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group), is a steering group member for Open Repositories, and a member of the DuraSpace Board of Directors.
Tom joined the Stanford Libraries in 2005; prior to that, he served as the Director of Middleware and Integration Services and Director of Technology Infrastructure at Stanford University. In these roles, he directed the development, strategy and support for the University's enterprise systems for access and identity management, and its Unix infrastructure.
Before joining Stanford, he worked as both a management consultant and in business development in various IT-related companies.
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