The Public Knowledge Project and Islandora are pleased to announce a strategic relationship to advocate and support the use of open source technologies that support scholarly publishing and research. Both Islandora and PKP are successful open source projects that serve a very similar community of academics and researchers. Both parties will encourage collaboration amongst their respective networks, partners and user communities to use “open” tools and technologies. One immediate example of this collaboration is Mark Jordan of the SFU Library who has been active in PKP development activities for the last decade and is currently serving as a Director on the Board of the Islandora Foundation.
Brian Owen, PKP’s Managing Director stated: “PKP and Islandora are representative of the healthy and growing spectrum of open source solutions that provide more than just functional and cost-effective alternatives to proprietary software. It is also about openness, collaboration and self-sufficiency. Our communities are not just consumers but also creators and supporters of open source technology.”
Mark Leggott, Islandora Foundation Board Chair agreed: “Canada hits above its weight class in the development of strong open source software, especially in the areas of scholarly communication and digital preservation. The Islandora Foundation is looking forward to intersecting with the PKP community on new initiatives and innovations.”
Islandora is an open-source software framework designed to help institutions and organizations and their audiences collaboratively manage, and discover digital assets using a best-practices framework. Islandora was originally developed by the University of Prince Edward Island’s Robertson Library, but is now implemented and contributed to by an ever-growing international community. More information can be found at http://islandora.ca/