Samvera is not just a repository software solution.
The project was conceived because 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. From the outset, Samvera (originally called Hydra) set out to build a community to support and sustain its software.
The Samvera Community benefits from the breadth and depth of knowledge that its adopters bring and, in particular, from the contributions of its formal Partners who contribute greatly to its long term viability.
Working together, the Samvera Community has created, and continues to develop, a common infrastructure within which there is the flexibility to tailor solutions to local demands and workflows. Our software leverages other “best of breed” open source software to provide a framework within which adopters can create a local solution or, alternatively, allows the community to offer “off-the-shelf” solution bundles. A browse through our “Applications and Demonstrations” page will give you some idea of what is possible. The software embraces international standards, where possible, and adheres to acknowledged “best practice” for design and development.