Open Repository Solutions

Digital Asset Management for Scholarly and Cultural Heritage Collections

At Born-Digital, we combine experience developing Open Source digital collections infrastructure with expertise in information architecture, metadata modeling, user experience, and strategic planning.

Our combined focus on technical solutions and real-world applications makes us the ideal partner to develop and customize your digital asset management system.

All of our Digital Repository Solutions are built with Islandora, which delivers the content management power of Drupal combined with the stability and dependability of Fedora Commons. We contribute to all three Open Source communities, including sitting on all major Committees and the Board of Directors for the Islandora Foundation.

The following provides a window into our typical project approach. If you would like to discuss your project with us, please reach out and we would be happy to customize this approach to meet your needs.

Phase 1: Discovery And Requirements Analysis

We start all of our client engagements with a thorough systems audit and requirements gathering process. A thorough discovery phase allows us to provide accurate estimates for project costs and timelines and deliver a project plan that meets your objectives.

DELIVERABLE: Implementation Proposal

  • Technical specifications and system requirements
  • Migration inventory and project plan
  • Estimated costs and timeline

Phase 2: Build And Content Migration

We offer fixed-price Islandora installation and hourly custom development work to build a repository that works for your team and your stakeholders.

In collaboration with the Mellon Foundation and 17 individual higher education institutions, Born-Digital has streamlined Islandora installation and maintenance, reducing the cost of an initial Islandora installation by over 50% and simplifying ongoing maintenance and development. The collaborative ISLE project utilizes containerization technology to provide convenience and peace of mind without compromising flexibility.

The Born-Digital Drupal theme, developed with accessibility and excellent user experience in mind, provides a responsive, attractive display for your collections. Our standard implementation package includes 15 hours of theme customization to align your repository with your institutional branding and preferences.

We have experience migrating collections from a range of repository systems, and have established pathways for importing content from DSpace, ContentDM, Bepress, or CSVs of metadata and your digital files. Timeline and cost estimates are provided with the implementation proposal delivered at the end of Phase 1.

Our clients retain full control over their assets and their repository. No subscription fees, no lock-ins, no proprietary code.

DELIVERABLE: ISLE-Based Islandora Instance

  • Staging and Production ISLE environments
  • Themed Islandora 7 or 8
  • Content ingest or migration
  • Guidance on third-party and cloud hosting
  • Robust training for managing your new repository

Phase 3: Maintenance And Support

Born-Digital’s maintenance and support bundle combines proactive monthly maintenance and 26 hours per year of on-demand support. Our regular monthly maintenance package includes application of security patches to Drupal and Islandora modules and server components, monitoring server performance, checking backups, and reviewing server logs to identify any potential issues. The annual pool of 26 included support hours gives you access to our team of experts in the event of incidents, problems, or questions.

Monthly Maintenance

  • Proactive updates to Drupal and community-sourced add-ons (Drupal and Islandora modules)
  • Management of repository backups
  • Server uptime and utilization monitoring
  • Optional emergency response service

Included Support Hours

  • Troubleshooting and remediation of issues discovered during monthly maintenance
  • Supplemental documentation and training
  • Guidance on system configuration and use

Custom Development And Consulting

As your collection grows and evolves, Born-Digital can help you optimize your Islandora repository. We offer a full suite of custom development and consulting services to enhance your repository’s workflows, user experience, accessibility, discoverability, and more. Our team will work with you to tailor a project plan that meets your objectives, budget, and timeline.

Popular Services

  • Theme customization
  • Metadata strategy
  • Needs assessments, user research and usability testing


Ready to discuss your project? Contact us!