A vibrant and welcoming community

“Samvera™ is a vibrant and welcoming community of information and technology professionals who share challenges, build expertise, and create sustainable, best-in-class solutions, making the world’s digital collections accessible now and into the future.”

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Call for host locations for Samvera Connect conferences in 2024 and 2025

The Samvera Community is excited to announce the Call for Host Locations for the Samvera Connect conferences for 2024 and 2025. This is a fantastic opportunity to support our open source community. Hosting comes with no financial risk to your institution and the events are in-person and capped to 75 attendees, making accommodations easier to arrange for many organizations.

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PALNI and PALCI successfully conclude IMLS grant to remove barriers to Hyku adoption

The Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) and The Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation (PALCI) are pleased to announce the successful completion of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to fund the project, "Hyku for Consortia: Removing Barriers to Adoption."

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Samvera Community Celebrates Unprecedented Open Source Collaboration and Support

The Samvera Community is proud to celebrate a remarkable period of collaboration and support that has led to significant advancements in open source digital preservation and storage flexibility. The community rapidly organized both funded and volunteer development to complete the implementation of the Valkyrie open source data mapper in the upcoming Hyrax 5.0 release. 

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Types of Applications powered by Samvera Community technology solutions

The Samvera Community

Samvera is not (and has never been) grant funded. It is distributed, robust and open. The Samvera Community was conceived and executed, under its original name “Hydra”, as a collaborative, open source effort from its very beginning in 2008.

Samvera has grown into a vibrant, highly active community including more than 30 Partners who formally support our work and development.

Samvera is designed so that adopters can each have their own mix of features; variation is part of the plan. For adopters who do not have the resourcing to create their own variant, the Samvera Community has developed rather more “off-the-shelf” application bundles.

Growing open technologies, together.

Benefits of Samvera

We believe that no single system can provide the full range of repository-based solutions for a given institution’s needs and that no single institution can resource the development of a full range of solutions on its own.

Working together, the Samvera Community creates sustainable solutions using a common infrastructure within which there is the flexibility to tailor solutions to local demands and workflows.

Samvera software is free and open source, available under an Apache 2 license.

How it Works

Samvera maintains a set of Ruby on Rails components (Ruby gems) that, together, can be used to build flexible and extensible digital repository solutions. Hyrax combines a number of these components into a toolkit (a Rails engine) for building repository applications to meet a wide range of repository requirements, whilst Hyku is an out-of-the-box repository application with multi-tenant capability built on Hyrax.

Samvera does not work in isolation and relies on a number of external open source components, including:

  • Fedora – a durable repository layer for persisting and managing digital objects.
  • Apache Solr – a fast and performant search platform
  • Blacklight – a discovery platform built on Solr

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