From Erin Tripp < >, Business Development Manager

The DuraSpace community is sharing their migration and upgrade stories.  Now let’s hear from you!

We captured 12 migration stories and have 11 more interviews pending. Managers, librarians, application analysts/ engineers, and project managers from the United States, Canada, the UK, and Switzerland talked about migrations and upgrades involving almost a dozen software platforms. Our aim is to share these vignettes widely to support community-wide efforts to move data among platforms and versions of platforms to achieve access and preservation goals.

Two groups requested access to an anonymized copy of the survey results including the recently IMLS-funded Bridge2Hyku project (LG-70-17-0217-17) at the University of Houston. They’ll use the data to plan their upcoming project to build a toolkit for institutions considering a migration to Hyku. The Digital Preservation Coalition will receive an anonymized copy of the survey results as well. Their members identified repository migration knowledge as critical as they look ahead to planning and implementing migration projects.

Of course, the results will also be used by DuraSpace and affiliate open source communities to develop community resources to fill gaps identified by survey participants. Results will also be reported at the DLF Forum on October 23, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. I look forward to highlighting what we can learn from each other to make migration and upgrade projects a more positive experience in the future.

My goal is to conduct 30 interviews in the four-week period. I’m on track to meeting that goal. If you’re interested in participating, email me at Or, if you prefer, you can also fill out the survey online by yourself.  

The survey will close on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  Please be in touch with me to discuss any aspect of this initiative.




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