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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.

Edit permissions are limited to the members of this task force. Consult the User's Guide for information on using the wiki software.


Project Background and History

FL-Islandora Enhancements

News/Project Updates


Current Islandora sites

Florida State University in production and open to the public
PALMM DigiTool migration on production site is underway
Florida Atlantic University in production and open to the public; DigiTool migration underway
University of Central Florida production site has been created; DigiTool migration underway
Florida Gulf Coast University production site has been created; analysis of DigiTool materials for migration underway
Gulf Coast State College production site has been created
Northwest Florida State College production site has been created
Broward College production site has been created and data loading is underway
Florida A&M University DigiTool migration underway
Hillsborough Community College production site has been created and data loading is underway

Module Implementation Status

The following is a link to a list of Islandora modules and their implementation status. An Islandora "module" is a general term describing a set of Islandora functions.

FLVC Islandora Module Implementation Status

New User Information

All public universities and colleges in Florida are eligible to joing the FL-Islandora project.

If your institution is interested in having an FL-Islandora site, the following links will provide you with information about getting started:

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.

Project Plans and implementation schedules

The following Project Plans focus on software development schedules:

FL-Islandora Users

Shared Documentation

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
Favenzio CalvoDrupal Developer, FSU
Randy FischerDeveloper, FLVC
Gail LewisDeveloper, FLVC
Lydia MotykaLibrarian, Project Manager, FLVC
Liang ZhongDeveloper, FLVC

DISC Islandora Subgroup

The Islandora Sub-group 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.

The DISC Islandora Subgroup meets every Tuesday at 1pm via AdobeConnect

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

  • ISG meets monthly, on the fourth Tuesday of every month.
  • As of January 19, 2016 the link to the call is ISG UWF Collaborate Link (ISG calls only)ISG UWF Collaborate Link (ISG calls only)

Discussion "Tracks" for Ongoing Work Elements

Monthly Islandora DISC status reports

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:

Island Scholar / Islandora Scholar


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See also:

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.
  • 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.
  • Site (Islandora): to be provided.
  • Unattended Batch Load (FLVC): The batch loading function being created by FLVC for use in batch loading materials into Islandora.

Ranked Features Survey

"Questions for ISG" working document

Discovery Garden, Inc. Development

Metadata - forms, mapping, display labels

Content Models

Requirements and Specifications


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Digitool Migration

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  • Single PDF Migration Spec (to be provided)
  • Large Image Migration Spec (to be provided)
  • Basic Image Migration Spec (to be provided)

User Permissions

Sample User Stories relating to Islandora permissions:

For their own institutions:

  • Susan Submitter can submit a new item.
  • Susan Submitter can edit content she initially added to a collection, but not that added by another staff member.
  • Susan Submitter can add datastreams to an object she initially added to a collection, but not that added by another staff member.
  • Eddie Editor and above can submit a new item.
  • Eddie Editor and above can edit any object in an appropriate collection.
  • Eddie Editor and above can add datastreams to any object in an appropriate collection.
  • Sal Supervisor has all of Eddie Editor's permissions and can delete objects from appropriate collections.
  • Connie Colladmin has all of Sal Supervisor's permissions and can add, change collection level parameters, and delete collections.



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 rather than in DLU01, the shared bib library for digital content. The Aleph MARC records have PURLs that currently point to DigiTool, and they 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. The target of the PURL will be changed to point to Islandora instead of Digitool. 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 dups. 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.

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 it 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.

Oral Histories

System Testing

The Islandora test server is

Roles/logins case-sensitive logins (2/5/13):

Role Login Password
Submitter Susan Submitter call Lydia
Editor Eddie Editor call Lydia
Supervisor Sal Supervisor call Lydia
Collection Administrator Connie Colladmin call Lydia

Islandora Issue Tracking

ISG Homework

  • 10/15/13:
    • Newspapers module homework deferred until the module has been installed on an FLVC Islandora server
    • Bring examples of thumbnail icons for a discussion of Islandora thumbnail size.
    • Continue to review Islandora documentation and to leave comments
  • 10/08/13: On the Islandora test server,
    • Log in as user "Connie Colladmin" (call Lydia for the password)
    • If you haven't already created an Islandora collection for your institution see 10/1/13 homework below
    • Click on one of your institution's collections, and from within the collection create one object each for a PDF, a Basic Image, a Large Image, and optionally an Audio file. (Hint: use the "manage" tab!)
    • Consult the recording from today's call beginning at 17 minutes for a demonstration of the process:

Testing Cycles

Testing Cycle # Date Released to ISG ISG Due Date Details
1 2/05/2013 2/22/2013 - extended: TBD Testing Cycle 1 Details
2 4/16/2013 4/30/2013 Testing Cycle 2 Details
3 5/01/2013 TBD Testing Cycle 3 Details

Resources/Helpful links

Excel to MODS transformation service

Islandora Implementations and Development (Global)

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

This map links to public Islandora implementations in process and in production:

FAQs/How Tos

FLVC Islandora Help Desk

2/12/14: For users with a production Islandora site please report any problems to the FLVC Help Desk (

Islandora Implementations and Development (Global)


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

Other Islandora Implementations

This map links to public Islandora implementations in process and in production:

Selected Implementations:

Documentation and Training


First version Google Doc FL-Islandora Documentation

New wiki:


Islandora Training recordings, handouts and exercises

January 29, 2016 Training Session

  • Date/Time: Friday, January 29, 2016, 2-5pm
  • Registered attendees:
    • Carolyn Zaput, SCF
    • Kathy Braund, HCCFL
    • Erica Tyler, GCSC
    • Dean DeBolt, UWF
    • Brooke Bowers, UWF
    • Sara Duff, GCSC
    • Kaleena Rivera, FGCU


A listserv for users of FL-Islandora has been created.

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.

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