Today’s developer house activities were a real adventure. The morning was filled with an overview of OCLC’s data strategy and plans for exposing entities. The later half of the morning saw a bevy of lightning talks ranging from user experience to Hadoop and inspired lots of great conversations over lunch.
Indianapolis, IN The Tenth International Conference on Open Repositories (http://www.or2015.net/) , OR2015, will take place on June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis (Indiana, USA). The organizers are pleased to invite you to apply to the 2015 Scholarship Programme.
Last call! Add your voice now to a nationally representative study of public libraries and the roles they play in community digital inclusion. Participate in the 2014 Digital Inclusion Survey by December 12 to add your library to interactive community maps and support efforts to educate policymakers and the media about modern library services, resources and infrastructure.
Participation in the survey can also help your library identify the impacts of public computer and Internet access on your community and demonstrate library contributions to community digital inclusion efforts. The study is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and conducted by the American Library Association (ALA), the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC) at University of Maryland, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and Community Attributes International (CAI).
Find your community on our new interactive map here and check out the rest of our tools and resources here. With your help we can further build on these tools and products with the 2014 survey results. To participate, go to http://digitalinclusion.umd.edu and follow the Take Survey Now button. The survey is open until December 12. (By participating you can also register to win one of three Kindles!)
Questions? E-mail email@example.com. Thank you!
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Developer House is underway! We have four teams working on four different projects. Each of us have the same goal: We will have fun developing these projects and we will have working code to demonstrate on Friday morning.
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This workshop is designed for anyone interested in or tasked with the technical setup and configuration of CollectionSpace for use in any collections environment (museum, library, special collection, gallery, etc. For more information about CollectionSpace, visit http://www.collectionspace.org
Last year we asked on the ArchiveGrid blog for suggestions for gifts for archivists — and we were blown away by the number (and quality!) of suggestions (posted in 24 fun and practical gifts for archivists). This year, we’re moving the conversation over to HangingTogether and extending the fun to librarians. So, librarians and archivists, what would you like as a gift? We’ll assemble the best of the best and post them in a week or two. Then it’s up to you to leave the link for that special someone to find. Or use it to treat your colleagues. We look forward to your suggestions in the comments below!About Merrilee ProffittMail | Web | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | More Posts (275)
I want to leave you with a single thought about our industry and how to consistently pick technology winners and losers. This is one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my 34 years in the IT industry: follow the money.Its an interesting read. Although Henry has been a consistent advocate for tape for "almost three decades", he uses tape as an example of the money drying up. He has a table showing that the LTO media market is less than half the size it was in 2008. He estimates that the total tape technology market is currently about $1.85 billion, whereas the disk technology market it around $35 billion.
Following the money also requires looking at the flip side and following the de-investment in a technology. If customers are reducing their purchases of a technology, how can companies justify increasing their spending on R&D? Companies do not throw good money after bad forever, and at some point they just stop investing.Go read the whole thing and understand why Henry's regular column will be missed, and how perceptive the late Jim Gray was when in 2006 he stated that Tape is Dead, Disk is Tape, Flash is Disk.
Open education data is a relatively new area of interest with only dispersed pockets of exploration having taken place worldwide. The phrase ‘open education data’ remains loosely defined but might be used to refer to:
- all openly available data that could be used for educational purpose
- open data that is released by education institutions
Understood in the former sense, open education data can be considered a subset of open education resources (OERs) where data sets are made available for use in teaching and learning. These data sets might not be designed for use in education, but can be repurposed and used freely.
In the latter sense, the interest is primarily around the release of data from academic institutions about their performance and that of their students. This could include:
- Reference data such as the location of academic institutions
- Internal data such as staff names, resources available, personnel data, identity data, budgets
- Course data, curriculum data, learning objectives,
- User-generated data such as learning analytics, assessments, performance data, job placements
- Benchmarked open data in education that is released across institutions and can lead to change in public policy through transparency and raising awareness.
Last week I gave a talk at the at the LTI NetworkED Seminar series run by the London School of Economics Learning Technology and Innovation Department introducing open education data. The talk ended up being a very broad overview of how we can use open data sets to meet educational needs and the challenges and opportunities this presents, so for example issues around monitoring and privacy. Prior to giving the talk I was interviewed for the LSE blog.
A video of the talk is available on the CLTSupport YouTube Channel and embedded below.
The DPLA Technical Advisory Committee will lead an open committee call on Wednesday, December 3 at 2:00 PM Eastern. To register, complete the short registration form available via the link below.
- AWS migration
- Ingestion development
- Frontend usability assessment work
- Recent open source contributions (non-DPLA-specific projects) by tech team members
- Upcoming events with DPLA tech team participation
- DPLA Hubs application
- Questions, comments, and open discussion
The idea of storing research data in Islandora has come up fair bit lately at camps and on the listserv, so here is a little overview of the current state of tools and projects that touch on the topic:Tools
- Combining the Compound Solution Pack with the Binary Solution Pack can get your data into Islandora and make it browsable. The Binary SP, which is still in development, can accommodate any kind of data with a barebones ingestion that adds only the objects necessary for Fedora. The Compound SP can be used to 'attach' these files to a parent object more suitable to display and browsing, such as a PDF or image.
- Islandora Scholar contains tools for disseminating information about citations. When used in conjunction with the Entities Solution Pack (recently offered to the Islandora Foundation and likely to be in the 7.x-1.5 release next year), it can manage authority records for scholars and projects.
- The Data Solution Pack, being developed by Alex Garnett at Simon Fraser University, uses Ethercalc to display and manipulate data from XLSX, XLS, ODS, and CSV sources in a spreadsheet viewer.
- Simon Fraser also has a Research Data Repository environment with SFUdora, which supports DDI and desktop synchronization. It is demonstrated here by Alex Garnett.
- Research data can also be handled by using existing solution packs in novel ways. One of the first Islandora projects at UPEI involved storing electron microscope images with the Large Image Solution Pack, which was perfectly suited to storing and presenting such massive files. UPEI has also employed the Image Annotation Solution Pack to steward and annotate goat anatomy photos for veterinary students.
- A quantum chemist at UPEI is updating the Chemistry Solution Pack to work with Islandora 7.x.
- UPEI is also developing a Biosciences Solution Pack to serve their biodiversity and bioscience wetlab.
- The UPEI team is developing integration of the DDC Data Management Planning Tool into the Islandora stack, with work nearly complete.
- CNR IPSP and CNR IRCrES in Italy are using Islandora to store, preserve, and make accessible scientific data produced by the Institute of Plant Virology and the Institute of Plant Protection of the Italian National Research Council with the V2P2 project. This repository handles data relating to plant, microorganism, and virus interactions.
- The University of Toronto Scarborough has begun a project for Learning in Neural Circuits. More projects are in development, such as Eastern Himalaya Research Network and Mediating Israel. A broader Research Commons service is also in the works.
- The Smithsonian Institute uses a heavily customized Islandora instance called SIdora for field research data.
Are you working with research data in islandora? Are you planning to? Contact us and share your story.
Image from page 315 of “The elements of astronomy; a textbook” (1919)
Traditional criticism will engage this kind of radiant textuality more as a problem of context than a problem of text, and we have no reason to fault that way of seeing the matter. But as the word itself suggests, “context” is a cognate of text, and not in any abstract Barthesian sense. We construct the poem’s context, for example, by searching out the meanings marked in the physical witnesses that bring the poem to us. We read those witnesses with scrupulous attention, that is to say, we make our detailed way through the looking glass of the book and thence to the endless reaches of the Library of Babel, where every text is catalogued and multiple cross-referenced. In making the journey we are driven far out into the deep space, as we say these days, occupied by our orbiting texts. There objects pivot about many different points and poles, the objects themselves shapeshift continually and the pivots move, drift, shiver, and even dissolve away. Those transformations occur because “the text” is always a negotiated text, half perceived and half created by those who engage with it.
Radiant Textuality by Jerome McGann
Winchester, MA Martha Menard, Director of the Crocker Institute, is responsible for day-to-day operations, repository maintenance and overall design of the CaseRe3 Repository for Integrative Health Care Case Reports. She chose DSpace over Fedora for the original www.casere3.org implementation in 2011.
Today, Publishers Weekly lauded American Library Association (ALA) Digital Content Working Group former co-chairs Sari Feldman and Bob Wolven in the publication’s annual “Publishing People of 2014” recognition for their role in advocating for fair library ebook lending practices.
From 2011–2014, Feldman, who is the incoming ALA president and the executive director of the Cuyahoga County Public Library in Ohio, and Wolven, who is the associate university librarian at Columbia University, led meetings with some of the world’s largest book publishers.
In the Publishers Weekly article, Andrew Albanese writes:
Publishers say discussions with ALA leaders and the DCWG have been instrumental in moving their e-book programs forward. And more importantly, direct lines of communication are now established between publishing executives and library leaders—which Feldman says is unprecedented—and those open lines will prove vital as the digital discussion moves beyond questions of basic access to e-books.
Congratulations Sari and Bob for your well-deserved recognition!
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Our library has a pretty fantastic game collection of over 100 board games and almost 700 video games. But finding them? Well, it’s pretty easy if you know the exact title of what you want. But a lot of people just want to browse a list. And to get a list of all the video games you can borrow, you have two options:
- Do a search for “computer games” in Summon and then go to Content Type facet on the left, click “more” and then limit by “Computer File”
- Go to the library catalogue, select “Call & Other Numbers” and then under “Other Call Number” enter GVD if you want video games, but GVC if you want to see titles available through our Steam account. After that, you get a really useful results screen to browse:
And if you want board games, the content type in Summon is “Realia.”
Obviously, this is ripe for improvement, but how best to improve? User testing!
We set up in the lobby (mostly – see postscript) and asked passing students if they had 2 minutes to answer a question and get a chocolate. We told them that we wanted to improve access to our game collection (alternating “video game” and “board game”) and so wanted to know what they would do to find out what games the library had. We had a laptop with the library website up, ready for them to use.
No one clicked anywhere on the page. No one mentioned the catalogue. They all would search Summon or Google or else ask someone in the library.
We asked them to tell us what search terms they would use, so now we can make sure that those Google searches and Summon searches will bring them to a page that will give them what they want. For Summon, that likely means using Best Bets, but everyone was consistent with the search terms they’d use, so Best Bets should work out okay.
Once we have all that ready, we can test again to see if this will work smoothly for our users. Or if we really do have to tell them about “computer file” and “realia.” [shudder]
When we did testing last December, we set up in our Discovery Centre, a really cool and noisy space where students do a lot of collaborative work. We didn’t have to hustle too much to get participants; students would see our chocolate, come over to find out how to get some, do the test and that was that.
During our tests in the lobby this term, it’s been pretty much all hustle, and even after all these weeks I still don’t really like approaching people (I feel like the credit card lady at the airport that everyone tries to avoid). I kept thinking that we should head up to the Discovery Centre again for that gentler “display the chocolate and they will come” approach.
Well, we tried it today and got exactly one person in 20 minutes, despite lots of traffic. So we went back down to the lobby and got to the “we’re not learning anything new” mark in 15 minutes.
I’ll just have to learn to love the hustle.
The next free copyright webinar (60 minutes) is on December 4 at 2pm Eastern Time. This installment of CopyTalk is entitled, “Introducing the Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Collections Containing Orphan Works for Libraries, Archives, and Other Memory Institutions” presented by Dave Hansen (UC Berkeley and UNC Chapel Hill) and Peter Jaszi (American University).
CopyTalks are scheduled for the first Thursday of even numbered months.
Two earlier webinars were recorded and archived:
From August 7, 2014 International copyright (with Janice Pilch from Rutgers University Library)
From October 2, 2014 Open licensing and the public domain: Tools and policies to support libraries, scholars, and the public (with Tim Vollmer from the Creative Commons).
We're excited to kick off our second Developer House here at the OCLC Developer Network by welcoming 12 library technologists for a week of brainstorming, learning and coding: Bilal Khalid, Bill Jones, Candace Lebel, Emily Flynn, Francis Kayiwa, Janina Sarol, Jason Thomale, Rachel Maderik, Sarah Johnston, Scott Hanrath, Shawn Denny, and Steelsen Smith. This is such a talented group—each person has terrific skills on their own—together they will be unstoppable.
Courtney Greene McDonald is the author of Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services, The Anywhere Library: a Primer for the Mobile Web, and she the chair of the editorial board for Weave: Journal of Library User Experience.
When you think about something like Facebook …, they change everything, people get mad, but it’s very sticky. Amazon is very sticky. Google, very sticky. Libraries were in an environment for a very long time where they were sticky.
This also finishes-up our first season! There will be a couple of bonus episodes to round-out the year, and in January we will be coming back atcha with improvements to the audio quality, format, and a series of ten pocasts about the nitty-gritty and red tape of in-house UX.
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