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Jump to: Morning Sessions  - Afternoon Sessions

Workshops will be held on Tuesday October 9, 2018. Information below is subject to change. All workshops are half-day sessions.

Workshop registration is now part of Samvera Connect conference registration. (link to registration when open)

Half Day Sessions

Morning Sessions

Rails Testing Featuring RailsBridge

Description: Increase the stability of your Rails app by learning about tests: what they are, why they're used, and how to use them! Goals (from RailsBridge):

  • what tests are
  • why they're used
  • how they're used
  • what types of tests exist
  • what types of frameworks exist
  • some additional concepts in testing such as doubles, stubs, spies, and Webmock
  • how to write tests
  • how to break tests
  • how to fix tests

Presenter(s): Carolyn Cole

Audience: Developers

Equipment: Development environment.

Room: 1009

Managing Samvera-based Projects and Services

Description: This hands-on workshop will cover tools and techniques to help managers keeping in sync with community development efforts while managing the user expectations and needs. We will cover the dynamics of dedicating responsibilities at the institution and the community level.

Presenter(s): Nabeela Jaffer

Audience: Managers, Repository Managers

Equipment: N/A

Room: 1110

Keeping your Samvera application up to date

Description: This workshop will discuss upgrade strategies, workflows, best practices and common pitfalls.

Presenter(s): Rob Kaufman

Audience: Developers

Equipment: Development environment

Room: 1160

Enhanced media playback in a Hyrax app using Avalon components

Description: The Avalon Media System is a Samvera-based system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video. Through version 6, Avalon was known as an independent Samvera solution bundle. In Hyrax-based Avalon 7, the previous monolithic codebase has been broken down into components available for use outside of the solution bundle. These components enhance media playback in Hyrax through robust derivative generation, streaming server support, adaptive bitrate streaming, a IIIF Presentation 3.0 consuming player, and a scriptable embedded player. This workshop will include:

  • An overview of the Avalon solution bundle and the new Avalon components
  • Hands-on activities adding the components to a Hyrax application and using them to ingest and play time-based media

Presenter(s): Chris Colvard & Brian Keese

Audience: Developers

Equipment: Development environment (Hyrax 2.1)

Room: 1735

Static Websites and Community Documentation with Jekyll

Description: This half-day workshop will orient participants with the Jekyll ( static website generator. Jekyll is an open source command-line tool for transforming plain text into modern websites. Samvera uses Jekyll to develop and maintain our community documentation,, but Jekyll can be used for several digital library projects, including scholarly publications and digital exhibits. We will provide a basic overview of the Jekyll development environment, introduce participants to helpful resources for customizing Jekyll websites, and cover our GitHub-based workflow for editing and maintaining Basic HTML, Markdown, and command-line experience is helpful but not required. Beginners are welcome!  

Presenter(s): Chris Diaz  & TBD

Audience: Developers, Managers, and Repository Managers (Everyone)

Equipment: Personal Laptop and Jekyll (installation instructions)

Room: TBD

Afternoon Sessions

Collection extensions workshop

Description: This workshop will focus on designing approaches for best practices on using admin sets and collections in structuring a repository.

Presenter(s): Lynette Rayle

Audience: Managers, Repository Managers

Equipment: N/A

Room: 1110

Introduction to Fedora 5.0 and Alternate Implementations

Description: Fedora is the flexible, extensible, open source repository platform that stores, preserves and serves linked data resources, and is used as the underlying platform by Samvera for managing content. The next major release of Fedora represents the publication and implementation of the API specification. This specification aligns Fedora with a set of modern web standards, and provides an opportunity for emerging implementations of the specification to service evolving use cases. This workshop will provide an overview of the API specification, including information on the updates clients will need to make in response to API changes. It will also introduce some of the other API implementations that have been developed by the Fedora community.

Presenter(s): David Wilcox

Audience: Repository Managers and Developers

Equipment: Fedora virtual machine (provided by instructor)

Room: 1735

Introduction to Samvera


  • Introduction to Samvera (the 35,000ft view) (20 mins?)
  • Demonstrations of some contrasting production systems (70 mins?)
  • The Samvera software: what’s it all about and what might it do for me? (only very lightly technical – 45 minutes)
  • Samvera at your institution and its involvement with the community (45 minutes?)

Presenter(s): Richard Green (and others)

Audience: Anyone new to Samvera–Managers, Developers, All

Equipment: N/A

Room: 1008

Introduction to Valkyrie

Description: Valkyrie is a new persistence layer for Samvera, supporting multiple backends for storing files and metadata. Currently supported backends include Fedora, PostgreSQL and Solr for metadata, and Fedora and local disk for files. Valkyrie provides an abstraction layer over file and metadata persistence, allowing an application to be configured to use different backends without code changes. This workshop will include:

  • An overview of Valkyrie's design, including why the Data Mapper pattern was used, and how Valkyrie addresses sustainability issues with ActiveFedora
  • Status updates on current Valkyrie development, including applications built using Valkyrie, and efforts to use Valkyrie in Hyrax
  • Hands-on exercises to give attendees first-hand experience working with Valkyrie and demonstrate how concepts from Samvera applications work with Valkyrie

Presenter(s): Adam Wead & Esmé Cowles

Audience: Developers

Equipment: Ruby/Rails development environment

Room: 1160

Samvera as an API

Description: This workshop will discuss tools and capabilities for building external interfaces (React apps, mobile apps) that use Samvera as an API and data source.

Presenter(s): Rob Kaufman

Audience: Developers

Equipment: Development environment

Room: 1009

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