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
  • Publishing
  • Digital preservation

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

  • Avalon
  • Hyku

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


Example bespoke applications

American Theological Library Association (ATLA) – The Atla Digital Library provides Atla members and other organizations with access to aggregated theological library collections from across the US.

British Library Shared Research Repository – Institutional repositories for UK cultural heritage organisations, currently all Independent Research Organisations (IROs). Content includes a variety of outputs including published works, datasets, 3D models and exhibition material.  Six individual repositories with a unified search layer over the top.

Carolina Digital Repository (CDR) – Institutional Repository for OA articles, journals, student papers, research data, posters, 3d objects, OER and more.

Cincinnati University  – Scholar@UC – Self-submission institutional repository

Cornell University – Southeast Asia Visions – A collection of more than 350 European travel accounts of pre-modern Southeast Asia.

Didómena – École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, France. Institutional research data repository. Self-deposit data repository for researchers in humanities and social sciences.

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

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

Duke University Digital Repository – Digital repository for digitized and born-digital special collections; library purchased and licensed collections (including some ebooks); select University Archives materials

Duke University Research Data Repository – Institutional repository for research data.

Emory University – Emory Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) – Mediated self-deposit repository for theses and dissertations, used by multiple Emory University Schools and departments

George Washington University Libraries – Institutional repository for research and scholarly output, including ETDs.

Indiana University – Imago – Repository for biological research collections. The bulk of the current content is over 150,000 pressed plant specimen images from the Indiana University Herbarium.

Indiana University – Media Collections Online – Central service for AV media collection at Indiana University. Contains media from a large variety of departments and schools at IU, the IU Libraries, and external partners.

Indiana University – Pages Online – Page turning application for uploading, describing, structuring, and providing access to digitized multi-page items from the IU Libraries collections.

Johns Hopkins University – Lester S Levy Sheet Music Collection

King’s Fund Digital Archive – Digitized publications from the King’s Fund from 1898 onwards.

Linn-Benton Community College Community Archive – CommunityArchive@LBCC is a tool for showcasing and preserving important content created at Linn-Benton Community College.  Our collection focuses on teaching and learning materials (particularly Open Educational Resources) and institutional history.

MAE, Theater Institute of Barcelona

Northeastern University Repository

Northwestern University AVR – Avalon-based media system for special collections and course reserves

Northwestern University Digital Collections

Northwestern University Institutional Repository – ARCH – Institutional Repository research output including dissertations, data sets, and published articles.

Oregon State University – ScholarsArchive@OSU – Institutional repository for scholarly content including graduate theses and dissertations, articles, presentations, technical reports, and research datasets.

Oregon State University – Oregon Digital – Collaborative digital collections system for unique digitized and born-digital materials including photographs, articles, sheet music, manuscripts, ephemera, and more.

Penn State University – ArchiveSphere – A repository for collections of digital archival materials, automating the management of common preservation activities like file characterization and migration, fixity checking, etc., while preserving the relational and hierarchical connections between files.

Penn State University – ScholarSphere – A self- and proxy-deposit repository for access to and preservation of scholarly works and data.

Princeton University Digital Archive of Latin American and Caribbean Ephemera

Princeton University Library – Figgy – Staff tool for building digital objects, which are served using IIIF, and embedded in our user-facing applications.  This is a secured site.  A screencast is available here.

The Science History Institute‘s digital collections.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Archives and Special Collections – Staff uploaded pieces from Archives and Special Collections at Southeastern.

Stanford University – EEMs – Everyday Electronic Materials – A tool and workflow for accessioning born digital materials into a Library’s formally managed collection.

Stanford University – ETD’s – Electronic Theses & Dissertations – ETD deposit, approval & access

Stanford University – Hydrus – An IR with support for configurable workflows (deposit, review, edit, publish)

Stanford University – SALTworks – Self-Archiving Legacy Toolkit

Tufts University Digital Library

University of Alberta Education & Research Archive

University of California Los Angeles – UCLA Library Digital Collections The UCLA Digital Library Program (DLP) serves as the catalyst for the creation, management, and delivery of digital content in support of the UCLA Library mission and goals. The Program provides for the storage and dissemination of digital objects, including text, images, audio, and video in their various digital manifestations and combinations. The UCLA Library provides a web presence for digital collections, and provides storage, backup and digital preservation support for all digital content accepted into, or developed by, the Library.

University of California Santa Barbara Alexandria Digital Research Library – Digital collections system for unique digitized and born-digital library materials including photographs, prints, newspapers, maps, audio, sheet music, manuscripts, ETDs, and more.

University of California San Diego Library Digital Collections

University of Hong Kong Libraries Digital Repository – A platform for hosting digital contents received into or developed by HKU Libraries to support teaching, learning, research and knowledge exchange. The repository provides digitized materials including books, manuscripts, journals, articles, photographs, videos, audio, music scores, ephemera, posters, drawings and more.

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 Michigan – Deep Blue Data – Research data repository for University of Michigan researchers. Deposit is mediated and access is open to all.

University of Michigan – Fulcrum – Fulcrum is an open source publishing platform that helps publishers present the full richness of their authors’ research outputs in a durable, discoverable, accessible and flexible form.

University of Notre Dame – Digital Exhibits  – A collection building and delivery application for digital library objects

University of Utah – The Hive – Institutional research data repository.

University of Virginia – Libra – Institutional Repository research output including dissertations and open scholarship, primarily self-deposit (unmediated workflow)

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

US Department of Agriculture Economics, Statistics and Market Information System – five USDA Agencies manage USDA publications (parent work) and add releases (child works) to publications that contain data files (txt, pdf, csv, xls, xml) for agricultural data. Mostly used by ag-economists, market analysts, researchers, farmers, etc.

Virginia Tech – VTechData  – A platform for openly publishing datasets or other research products created by Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students

The Yale University Digital Collections site.

Solution bundles

Avalon Media System – The Avalon media system is an open source system  based on Samvera technologies 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. The Ruby gem underlying Hyku is Hyrax and it can be used as the basis for a customized, locally developed version of Samvera – it is not, in and of itself, a solution bundle.