I'm a little late in getting this out, but you know how it goes.
The University of PEI and DiscoveryGarden teams are hard at work on a 2-week code sprint to create the initial Islandora/Drupal 7 release. We have been so busy for the last year that this target kept slipping by, so we decided to go with the time-honored sprint+scrum approach - and I'm glad we did! The output of the team after a week and a half is incredible - you can follow their efforts via code updates at Github, or by following team leader Jonathan's Green's blog posts at the Islandora site.
The team is updating 2 test sites (1 ubuntu and one centos) as they code, providing a set of test sites for reviewing the latest developments. Some of the new features recently added include:
- a port of the Collection Manager Tool and integration into the new Collection Module (which will make the creation/management across the repo much easier);
- a complete port and improvements to the Islandora Solr Search module as well as a merge of the Advanced Search and Extended Search blocks;
- many tweaks to the display of images and collections;
- template approach to the display of metadata (using Drupal pre-processor and templating functions) to make the job of Drupal themer's much easier;
- support for Fedora's Enhanced Content Model Architecture specifically parsing of the DS-COMPOSITE-MODEL to determine what should be added to a collection;
- addition of a new Add datastream form.
The team will put their keyboards down this Friday and take stock, but based on what I've seen so far the new release will be awesome :-) More updates to come.