Friday, July 30, 2010

MDID3 Status

To the MDID User Community:

Please note that the recently released version of MDID3 is a pre-production release and as such should NOT be used in a production environment. Our intention with this release is to give interested members of the MDID community a preview of how MDID3 will look and work. This version of MDID3 is not meant to replace MDID2 at this time. We are still actively developing important features; such as remote collection sharing, remote collection searching, presentation packaging, user management, streaming video, a desktop version of the ImageViewer, etc.

During the fall semester at JMU, we will run both MDID2 and MDID3, using the migration tool to periodically copy MDID2 data into MDID3. Faculty and students will experiment with MDID3 but will rely on MDID2 for course-critical work. Our plan at JMU is to have a full-featured ImageViewer (with dual screen support) in the classroom by the end of September and a production-ready version of MDID3 online by the end of this year.

In a previous message, we suggested some steps your institution can take to prepare for migration from MDID 2 to MDID 3. Administrators should document any customizations, including custom user authentication. Curators should clean up collection metadata fields and map as many fields as possible to the relevant Dublin Core fields. The MDID 3 migration tool will copy users, groups, collections, records, etc. Due to differences in data structures and permissions, the results of the migration need to be reviewed before the new system is put into production, but none of the user data stored in MDID 2 should be lost.

Thank you for your continued interest in the MDID system and your support for our development efforts.