As a trusted institution for researchers, The King’s Fund library team needed to ensure that their online services kept on running so that their content was available to researchers at all times. The migration of data needed to be planned and executed so that access to their digital collections was never compromised.
Having worked with us over a number of years as we developed and supported their EPrints repository, the team felt confident that they could work with us to set up their new system and trust us to give them a smooth migration of content.
Using Hyku, we were able to provide test instances and work with the team to test and perfect the migration processes. This meant that a smooth transition from their existing EPrints repository to the new system was achieved, with their old system remaining live until everything was ready for the ‘switch on’ of their new Hyku system.
Our close collaboration with the library team meant that we were all able to work on test instances for the data migration ahead of doing the final work, giving them confidence in our ability to handle the process for them. They also took the opportunity to attend a workshop we designed and ran for them to review the metadata used in their original repo and decide on any changes they wanted to make to the metadata going into the new system.
More control over their content has meant that the library team has been able to better support the work of their organisation with online exhibitions and highlighting content relating to specific events and themes.
They are also enjoying the benefits of being early adopters, and running one of the first Hyku repositories in the UK. Their understanding the flexibility and potential of Hyku can now inform their future ideas, aspirations and plans, letting us support them as they continue to pioneer new technologies and services to support their organisation and their audiences.
Hong-Ang Nguyen, Library Service Manager at The King’s Fund said of the rollout:
We are very happy with our project and I would not hesitate to recommend CoSector and their Hyku digital archive solution.” “It was clear that they understood our requirements and that this is a modern, flexible solution which matches our needs.
Hong-Anh continued “They have conveyed the excitement of being early adopters of a new platform and technology while managing the project in a calm and efficient way, making suggestions and improvements to our data structures and work processes along the way so that we are moving not just to a better system but to better ways of working and a better representation of our collection.”
Rory McNicholl, Research Technology lead at CoSector says:
Working with King’s Fund has been a fantastic opportunity for us. We’ve been able to develop our Samvera services with a long-standing customer, including the tools to migrate from EPrints to Samvera. King’s Fund are very supportive of open source and that has enabled us to contribute back to the community during the development of their Hyku service. We are delighted to have the digital archive as our first Samvera repository of many.