Islandora Enterprise (ISLE) Hack/Doc

Dates and Locations of the Hack/Doc

Dates: March 12-13, 2018 (both days: 9:00am - 6pm; possibly ending earlier on March 13)

Location: METRO (the Metropolitan New York Library Council). Thank you, METRO!

Address: 599 11th Avenue, 8th floor, New York, NY (between 44th and 45th Streets)

METRO is accessible to people in wheelchairs and has gender-inclusive bathroom facilities.


RSVPs for in-person attendance are now closed. If you missed the cutoff and would like to attend, please email mtenney at

If you would like to attend virtually, please email mtenney at


We have booked a block of rooms for the nights of March 11th and March 12th at YOTEL New York, 570 10th Avenue (between 41st St. and 42nd St.)

(646) 449-7700 - front desk

(877) 909-6835 - room reservations

Room rate: $155/night plus tax

Call (877) 909-6835 and mention Barnard to receive this rate or use this booking link. You do not need to book for both nights to receive the reduced rate. This block of rooms will be held until February 18th. The block of rooms at this rate has been released, but you can still call to inquire about Barnard rates.

Here are some other neighborhood hotels, courtesy of METRO: Kimpton Ink, Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn, Pod.


Please see METRO’s website for more details. METRO is conveniently close to Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station, and across town from Grand Central.


Breakfast, lunch, snacks and lots of coffee and tea will be provided.

Dinner is on your own and we can make recommendations and/or go out together or in groups.

METRO notes these nearby spots for snacks: Gotham Market and Sunac Buffet.

WiFi and Remote Attendance

WiFi will be available at METRO.

For remote attendees, here are our Zoom conference links: Monday 3/12 - Tuesday 3/13 -

Code of Conduct

See our ICG Hack/Doc Code of Conduct here.


Please contact Martha Tenney, mtenney at, with any questions or concerns.


A preliminary schedule is available here.

Prerequisites/Do-Ahead Work

Please bring a laptop to the hack/doc. If you would like, you can rent a laptop from METRO for $20/day. More pre-requisite/do-ahead information is available on the schedule.

Notes from the event

Community note taking doc is here

Documentation Updates:

Scratchpad link TK


  1. Martha Tenney (Barnard College)
  2. Mark Sandford (Colgate University)
  3. Jenifer Monger (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  4. Peter MacDonald (Hamilton College)
  5. John Neyssen (Wesleyan University)
  6. Steve Young (Hamilton College)
  7. Joanna DiPasquale (Vassar College)
  8. Mark McFate (Grinnell College)
  9. Carolyn Moritz (Vassar College)
  10. Francesca Livermore (Wesleyan University)
  11. David Keiser-Clark (Williams College)
  12. Noah Smith (Common Media/Born-Digital)
  13. Derek Merleaux (Common Media/Born-Digital)
  14. Gavin Morris (Common Media/Born-Digital)
  15. Diego Pino (METRO)
  16. Robin Naughton (The New York Academy of Medicine)
  17. Cindy Li (Colgate University)
  18. Andrea Byrne (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  19. Hao Zeng (Yeshiva University)
  20. Shaun Trujillo (Mount Holyoke College)
  21. Brian Gillingham (University of Pittsburgh)
  22. Michael Paulmeno (Skidmore College)
  23. Nicole Joniec (Bryn Mawr College)
  24. Tom Hutchinson (Tri-College Libraries)
  25. Lindsey MacCallum (Mount Saint Vincent University)
  26. Krista Oldham (Haverford College)
  27. Cary Gordon (Cherry Hill Company)
  28. Perry Thompson (UT Austin)
  29. Max Bronsema (Western Washington University)
  30. Robert R. Downs (CIESIN, Columbia University)
  31. Stacey Erdman (Beloit College)
  32. Tammy Gobert (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  33. Xin Wang (US Department of Transportation)
  34. Kim Pham (University of Toronto Scarborough)
  35. Frank Smutniak (UT Austin)
  36. Ben Rosner (Barnard College)
  37. John Mignault (METRO)

More Info

What is ISLE?

Islandora Enterprise (ISLE) is a new project in development that will address two of the most significant pain-points in Islandora–installation and maintenance–using Docker containers. ISLE is supported by a variety of (mostly small) institutions who have Islandora installations. For more information, see

What is a hack/doc and who should attend?

A hack/doc combines the form of a hackathon–bringing coders together to work on a predetermined problem in a large block of time–with a substantial documentation and testing component. Attendees with a wide variety of skill sets will be welcomed and supported in hands-on work with ISLE. Anyone who works with installation or maintenance of Islandora (e.g. developers, DevOps folks), people from small institutions with Islandora repositories, and folks interested in migrating to Islandora are especially encouraged to attend.

What will we be doing?

Plans for the hack/doc are still being formed, but on one of days you can expect to be introduced to Docker and use ISLE to spin up a full Islandora 7x stack (documentation and friendly ISLE teachers included). Other activities may include improving ISLE testing and documentation; creating workflows for the maintenance of ISLE installations; and discussions about migration, future phases of the ISLE project, coordinating ISLE with Islandora CLAW, and a planned “liberal arts sprint” to develop more robust institutional repository features in Islandora. Finally, you can expect to meet folks, build networks, and personally help to make ISLE more responsive and useful for the Islandora community.