Hydra-in-a-Box news: technical manager hired

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Tom Cramer

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Sep 4, 2015, 1:52:09 PM9/4/15
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Fellow Hydranauts,

The Hydra-in-a-Box project is picking up steam, and the whole team is looking forward to providing an update, and engaging with the community to make progress at Hydra Connect in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I’m very pleased to share a recent development that will help the project immensely: Mike Giarlo will be joining Stanford to serve as the HyBox Technical Manager.

In this role, Mike will be the technical lead for development of Hydra-in-a-Box components and architecture. He will work to align its development with the existing Hydra community code base, development practices, and directions; this includes driving diffusion and adoption of the project’s developments into the Hydra community, and ensuring the incorporation of innovations and development from the wider HydraSphere into HyBox development.

A fundamental assumption of HyBox is that it will be developed with the community, by the community (as much as possible), and for the community of current and prospective adopters. Mike’s job is to help make sure that happens. He has a rare talent for organizing community direction, bridging among technologists, functional experts and users, all while making concrete progress.

He co-founded CurateCamp in 2010, and has been a prominent voice in the digital library community overall, particularly Code4Lib and DLF. He has helped lead Penn State to become a juggernaut of a Hydra Partner, and been a linchpin in transforming ScholarsSphere into Sufia, the most widely adopted and Hydra application to date. He has put his fingerprints on all parts of the Hydra stack—from core gems to installation advice, from Fedora 4 to PCDM—and in the process, he has become one of the recognized leaders in the Hydra community and a member of the Hydra Steering Group.

Please join the whole Hydra-in-a-Box team in welcoming Mike in this new (but not so different) role.

- Tom

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