“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” has always been something of a mantra for the Hydra community.”
Hydra has a robust community and a stable, yet actively developing set of components. Hyrax and Hyku, are moving towards a turnkey repository solution. Beyond this, Avalon provides a fully-featured audio and video application; Michgan’s Fulcrum is a publishing platform and Plum, from Princeton is delivering rich digitization workflow functionality.
All of these are built on the Hydra stack and freely available for others to use and build on. For Image repositories, the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is fast-becoming the de-facto standard for exposing and using image collections. Hyku has already implemented IIIF support alongside the IIIF compatible Universal Viewer. IIIF is growing, too, adding support for audio and video, and expanding the range of tools and viewers available.
In addition to the core Fedora / Hydra components, there are also many allied tools. Blacklight, for example, is a ‘discovery platform framework’ whose use goes beyond Hydra repositories to any data that can be indexed in Solr. Spotlight is a Blacklight-based project that allows curators to create feature-rich websites to highlight digital collections, and Geoblacklight provides geo and mapping features.