Bridge2Hyku: Meeting Practitioners’ Needs in Digital Collection Migration to Open Source Samvera Repository


The University of Houston Libraries, in partnership and consultation with numerous institutions, was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership/Project Grant to create the Bridge2Hyku (B2H) Toolkit. Content migration from proprietary systems to open source repositories remains a barrier for many institutions due to lack of tools, tutorials, and documentation. The B2H Toolkit, which includes migration strategies, migration tools, as well as system requirements for transitioning from CONTENTdm to Hyku, acts as a comprehensive resource to facilitate repository migration. Through a phased toolkit development process, the project team solicited inputs and feedback from peer migration practitioners via survey and pilot testing. The analysis of the feedback data was built into use cases which informed the development and enhancement of the migration strategies and tools. Working across institutions with migration practitioners’ needs in mind, the project team was able to successfully release a Toolkit that mitigates migration barriers and fills gaps in the migration process. Providing a path to a community-supported open source digital solution, the Bridge2Hyku Toolkits ensures access and expanded use of digital content and collections of libraries and cultural heritage institutions.



Hyku, Migration tools, Migration strategies, Migration needs, Digital repository migration, Open source repository


Recommended citation: Wu, Annie, Santi Thompson, Anne Washington, Sean Watkins, Andrew Weidner, Dean Seeman, and Nicholas Woodward. "Bridge2Hyku: Meeting Practitioners’ Needs in Digital Collection Migration to Open Source Samvera Repository" Publications 8, no. 2 (2020): 22. doi: 10.3390/publications802002. URL: Reproduced in accordance with the original publisher’s licensing terms and with permission from the author(s).