Applications & Demos

The Samvera framework is being used in a wide range of applications to support a variety of use cases including:

  • Institutional repositories
  • Image collections
  • Media libraries
  • Archives and special collections
  • Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs)
  • Workflow and administration
  • Exhibits
  • (Small) data
  • Digital preservation

In addition, Samvera provides a number of “solution bundles” which provide more complete solutions in particular areas.

  • Avalon
  • Hyku
  • Hyrax

Links below will take you to examples drawn from large institutions and small, libraries to museums and broadcasters, in Europe and the Americas.


Bespoke applications

The Chemical Heritage Foundation‘s digital collections.

Deep Blue Data – The University of Michigan’s repository for digital research data.

Digital Commonwealth – “historical collections from libraries, museums, and archives across Massachusetts.”

The Digital repository of Ireland – “a national digital repository for Ireland’s humanities, social sciences and cultural heritage data.”

Duke University’s digital repository – “a service of Duke University Libraries that supports the activities of the University’s faculty, researchers, students, and library staff by preserving, securing, and providing access to digital resources.”

ERA – an “education and research archive” at the University of Alberta in Canada.

Indiana University’s Pages Online – a page-turning repository to display musical scores, newspapers and the like, and Imago a repository for “small” data.

The LSE Digital Library in London.

PHYDO – a digital audio/video preservation repository system developed by Indiana University and WGBH in Boston – closed system, demonstration screencast in preparation

Plum – a screencast of Princeton University’s tool to support digitization workflows.

Stanford University – link available shortly

The University of Hull’s digital repository which includes a wide range of public material including journal articles and theses. Other categories of content, such as past undergraduate examination papers, are not public.

University of Virginia – Virgo GIS: a maps and GIS data repository.

The Yale University Digital Collections site.

Solution bundles

Avalon media system – “an open source system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video.” The Avalon website includes the facility to try a demonstration system.

Hyku – is the product from the Hydra-in-a-Box project to create a turnkey version of Samvera.

Hyku can be installed locally or provided as a cloud service; it can be configured for single or multi-tenant use.

Hyrax – is the Ruby gem underlying Hyku and it can be used as the basis for a customized, locally developed version of Samvera.