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This is a public wiki with information about the project to implement Islandora as a common digital library platform for the publicly funded universities and colleges in the state of Florida.

This wiki is for the Islandora SubGroup (ISG) of the Digital Initiatives Standing Committee (DISC) for meetings and planning. Meetings are open to all.


Project Background and History

Project Background and History

News/Project Updates


  • Spring 2018:
    • May 25, 2018: OAI-PMH configured on all sites. The changes exclude certain content models (ie. individual picture of book pages won't each go out as a separate record), and ensure that harvests will work similarly across all sites.
    • Islandora batch update software is now installed on Islandora sites. This software lets someone from FLVC download a set of MODS XML records, then replace that set of MODS XML records. In order to use it for batch updates, the MODS XML records have to be batch edited on the person's computer desktop. Because records are not validated when imported to Islandora, this can't be opened up to Islandora sites at this time. However, the tools are now in place to explore batch updates.

Current Islandora sites

Broward College in production and open to the public
Florida A&M University in production and open to the public
Florida Atlantic University in production and open to the public
Florida Gulf Coast University in production and open to the public
Florida State University in production and open to the public
Gulf Coast State College in production and open to the public
Hillsborough Community College in production and open to the public
Indian River State College in production and open to the public
Lake-Sumter State College in production and open to the public
PALMM in production and open to the public
State College of Florida in production and open to the public
St. Petersburg College in production and open to the public
University of Central Florida in production and open to the public
University of West Florida in production and open to the public
Valencia College in production and open to the public

New User Information

All public universities and colleges in Florida are eligible for Islandora hosting through FLVC and to attend ISG meetings.

If you'd like FLVC to set up an FL-Islandora site for your institution, FLVC will require authorization from your library dean or director via email. This can be sent directly to with the subject line: [your institution] requesting FL-Islandora site.

After you have a site, for in depth training materials, see the [Florida Islandora Guides (FIG) wiki] and the Islandora Training page.

Islandora Development Team

Note that the email links for the following individuals will send email to the FLVC Islandora Help Desk.


Name/work email Role
Randy FischerDeveloper, FLVC
Gail LewisDeveloper, FLVC
Lydia MotykaLibrarian, FLVC
Bryan BrownDeveloper, FSU
Wilhelmina RandtkeLibrarian, Project Manager, FLVC
Amanda YesilbasLibrarian, FLVC
Gary PhillipsSystems Administrator, FLVC

DISC Islandora Subgroup (ISG)

The Islandora Sub-group (ISG) of the Digital Initiatives Standing Committee of the Members Council on Library Services is a working group that is tasked with the responsibility of working closely with the Islandora Development Team on the implementation of the FLVC Islandora Common Digital Library Platform.

ISG Members

Members: (membership is informal and open to any DISC members)

Name Institution Role
Lee Dotson UCF DISC Chair
Joanne ParandjukFAU
Chelsea Dinsmore UF
Kathleen McCormick FSU
Jean Phillips FSU
Derek Merleaux FIU, The Wolfsonian
Barbara Lewis USF Tampa
Jamie Rogers FIU
Melissa VandeBurgt FGCU
Dean DeBolt UWF
Rich Ackerman Broward College
Lydia Motyka FLVC FLVC staff representative to DISC

ISG Meeting Notes and recording links

Monthly Calls

  • ISG meets monthly, on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
  • As of Spring 2017 the link to the call is ISG UWF Collaborate Link (ISG calls only) (Chrome is the recommended browser for Blackboard Collaborate.)

Meeting Notes

Discussion "Tracks" for Ongoing Work Elements

Monthly Islandora DISC status reports


The ISG has a listserv at FLVC-FL-ISLANDORA@LISTSERV.FLVC.ORG . Anyone working with an FLVC hosted Islandora site should sign up. This list is used for posting announcements, reporting problems that might affect other users, and asking questions and connecting with other institutions using Islandora. The listserv is low traffic and averaged 7 emails per month in 2017.

You can subscribe by sending an email to, and in the body you type subscribe with the list name.


Or you can go to the listserv archive page and click the link there to subscribe.

System Requirements and Specifications

Batch MODS update

Background: As of August 2016, this is planned development at FLVC. Several institutions were interested, so in Sept. 2016, FLVC is collecting user stories. Please send user stories to to or to the ISG mailing list.

User stories:

  • I’m a librarian, and I’d like to be able to zip up a bunch of MODS xml with PIDS included the MODS and it use those PIDS to find and replace the MODS, so I can clean up MODS on my computer and then upload it all at once. (This one’s big. If off-line batch can be modified to accept and replace MODS records by PID, my life would be much better.)
  • I’m a librarian and I would like to see the all the values for a specific MODS element or group of elements for any collection level (including root) and be able to collect the PIDs for any of those records I might like to change, so that I can easily compare and reconcile differing values that come from typos. (Easy way to compare and reconcile differing (i.e. mistyped) values. I can do this on the command line, but not natively in FL-Islandora.)
  • I’m a librarian, and I’d like to be able to make changes to MODS records that have already been uploaded, like replacing the values of some elements and sub elements, so I can batch replace the element/subelement with one click, instead of having to edit each record individually in Islandora.

Example Interfaces:

"Questions for ISG" working document


ETDs and Islandora-to-Mango

ETDs are different from all other digital content in that the MARC record for the ETD usually resides in the institution’s own Aleph catalog. In this case, PURLs for ETDs get into Mango when the library’s Aleph catalog file is exported to Mango.

With Islandora there are two options. 1) The library can continue to catalog the ETD in its own Aleph and the Aleph record will go to Mango as a matter of course. If the library choses this option, they need to let FLVC staff know to not send their ETD collection(s) in Islandora to Mango, or there will be duplicates. For Islandora collections, there is an exclusion list that says, don’t send these collections to Mango, and the ETD collections need to be on it. 2) Instead of using an Aleph MARC record as the source record for Mango, the Islandora MODS record can be used as the source. This is the option the library should chose if it prefers to catalog the ETD directly in Islandora. The MODS record will be exported from Islandora as MARCXML with a PURL in the 856 field.

Either way works – it is just a matter of what workflow the library staff prefers. For example, if they actually do the cataloging in OCLC and export the MARCXML from Connexion, then they can import that MARC record to their Aleph file or to Islandora. If they import the MARC record into Aleph, then they have to export it from Aleph and import it with the ETD into Islandora, so there’s an extra step. On the other hand, if they import it to Islandora, then that will be the master record and they will have to do any future edits to it using the MODS forms.

Completed Development


The terms in this glossary include general terms, terms specific to the DigiTool system, terms specific to the Islandora system and, wherever possible, references between DigiTool and Islandora terms.

  • Batch Import (Islandora): A default Islandora function available from the User Interface that allows loading of one or more packages contained in a .zip file. (See Unattended Batch Load for the FLVC-created batch loading function.)
  • Bibliographic item (General: All the pieces that together form the basis for a single bibliographic description. Can be a book, map, website etc. Bibliographic items can be simple or compound objects. Even simple objects (a single photograph) will likely have multiple manifestations.
  • Collection Object (Islandora): Collection Objects organize groups of Digital Asset Objects, creating collections. The relationship of a Collection Object to its member Digital Asset Objects is defined in RDF Datastreams.
    • It is important to remember that Collection Objects will have their own Datastreams. The most important Datastream for a Collection Object is its Collection Policy. The Collection Policy declares the affiliation of a Collection Object with a Content Model Object, as well as providing rules for what kinds of Digital Asset Objects are allowed within the Collection Object.
  • Complex Object (DigiTool) DigiTool examples:
    • Front and back of a postcard (both JPGS)(See Islandora Related Images).
    • A dance performance PDF program, several JPG still images, and an MPG video file. (See Islandora [term to be provided])
    • An oral history PDF transcript and MP3 sound recording. (See Islandora Oral History)
  • Compound Object module (Islandora): "The Compound Solution pack module adds the ability to to create compound objects using objects created with any other Islandora solution pack by enabling a generic parent-child relationships between objects. The object view of a compound object is replaced by the view of its first child object. The included "Islandora Compound Object Navigation" block provides a thumbnail navigation of an object's siblings. A "Compound" management tab allows for the addition and removal of parent and child objects for each object."
  • Content Model Objects (Islandora): Content Model Objects are templates for Digital Asset Objects. This is one of the relationships expressed in the RDF Datastream for Digital Asset Objects. Content Models give instructions to Islandora and Drupal about the Digital Asset Objects; instructions about what derivatives to create on ingest, about the preferred metadata schemas, about how the object should be displayed/viewed on the Internet, etc.
  • Digital Asset Objects (Islandora): These are the actual objects you are storing, and any derivatives. For example, if you ingest a large TIFF image, Islandora will often create a smaller JPG and a thumbnail for viewing.
  • Offline Batch Ingest (FLVC): The batch loading function being created by FLVC for use in batch loading materials into Islandora. (Previously called "Unattended Batch Load".)
  • Oral History (Islandora): An Islandora Content Model (is Content Model the right term here?) which assumes an Oral History PDF transcript and MP3 sound recording.

System Testing

The Islandora test server is

Resources/Helpful links

Islandora Implementations and Development (Global)


Development of Islandora Solution Packs and modules is going on internationally. This page lists known development projects: Islandora Development

Other Islandora Implementations

A 2012 map of Islandora sites (not necessarily up-to-date; maintained by Mark Leggott):

Selected Implementations:

Documentation and Training


Islandora Training recordings, handouts and exercises

FL-Islandora Users Shared Documentation

Shared Documentation

Personal tools