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 – available summer 2017

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.