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Manage Metadata (Diane Hillmann and Jon Phipps): What do we mean when we talk about ‘meaning’?

Fri, 2015-07-17 02:35

Over the past weekend I participated in a Twitter conversation on the topic of meaning, data, transformation and packaging. The conversation is too long to repost here, but looking from July 11-12 for @metadata_maven should pick most of it up. Aside from my usual frustration at the message limitations in Twitter, there seemed to be a lot of confusion about what exactly we mean about ‘meaning’ and how it gets expressed in data. I had a skype conversation with @jonphipps about it, and thought I could reproduce that here, in a way that could add to the original conversation, perhaps clarifying a few things. [Probably good to read the Twitter conversation ahead of reading the rest of this.]

Jon Phipps: I think the problem that the people in that conversation are trying to address is that MARC has done triple duty as a local and global serialization (format) for storage, supporting indexing and display; a global data interchange format; and a focal point for creating agreement about the rules everyone is expected to follow to populate the data (AACR2, RDA). If you walk away from that, even if you don’t kill it, nothing else is going to be able to serve that particular set of functions. But that’s the way everyone chooses to discuss bibframe, or schema.org, or any other ‘marc replacement’.

Diane Hillmann: Yeah, but how does ‘meaning’ merely expressed on a wiki page help in any way? Isn’t the idea to have meaning expressed with the data itself?

Jon Phipps: It depends on whether you see RDF as a meaning transport mechanism or a data transport mechanism. That’s the difference between semantic data and linked data.

Diane Hillmann: It’s both, don’t you think?

Jon Phipps: Semantic data is the smart subset of linked data.

Diane Hillmann: Nice tagline

Jon Phipps: Zepheira, and now DC, seem to be increasingly looking at RDF as merely linked data. I should say a transport mechanism for ‘linked’ data.

Diane Hillmann: It’s easier that way.

Jon Phipps: Exactly. Basically what they’re saying is that meaning is up to the receiver’s system to determine. Dc:title of ‘Mr.’ is fine in that world–it even validates according to the ‘new’ AP thinking. It’s all easier for the data producers if they don’t have to care about vocabularies. But the value of RDF is that it’s brilliantly designed to transport knowledge, not just data. RDF data is intended to live in a world where any Thing can be described by any Thing, and all of those descriptions can be aggregated over time to form a more complete description of the Thing Being Described. Knowledge transfer really benefits from Semantic Web concepts like inferences and entailments and even truthiness (in addition to just validation). If you discount and even reject those concepts in a linked data world than you might as well ship your data around as CSV or even SQL files and be done with it.

One of the things about MARC is that it’s incredibly semantically rich (marc21rdf.info) and has also been brilliantly designed by a lot of people over a lot of years to convey an equally rich body of bibliographic knowledge. But throwing away even a small portion of that knowledge in pursuit of a far dumber linked data holy grail is a lot like saying that since most people only use a relatively limited number of words (especially when they’re texting) we have no need for a 50,000 word, or even a 5,000 word, dictionary.

MARC makes knowledge transfer look relatively easy because the knowledge is embedded in a vocabulary every cataloger learns and speaks fairly fluently. It looks like it’s just a (truly limiting) data format so it’s easy to think that replacing it is just a matter of coming up with a fresh new format, like RDF. But it’s going to be a lot harder than that, which is tacitly acknowledged by the many-faceted effort to permanently dumb-down bibliographic metadata, and it’s one of the reasons why I think bibframe.org, bibfra.me, and schema.org might end up being very destructive, given the way they’re being promoted (be sure to Park Your MARC somewhere).

[That’s why we’re so focused on the RDA data model (which can actually be semantically richer than MARC), why we helped create marc21rdf.info, and why we’re working at building out our RDF vocabulary management services.]

Diane Hillmann: This would be a great conversation to record for a podcast

Jon Phipps: I’m not saying proper vocabulary management is easy. Look at us for instance, we haven’t bothered to publish the OMR vocabs and only one person has noticed (so far). But they’re in active use in every OMR-generated vocab.

The point I was making was that we we’re no better, as publishers of theoretically semantic metadata, at making sure the data was ‘meaningful’ by making sure that the vocabs resolved, had definitions, etc.

[P.S. We’re now working on publishing our registry vocabularies.]

DuraSpace News: NEW at the 2015 VIVO Conference–Linked Open Data Contest: Early Registration Ends TODAY

Fri, 2015-07-17 00:00

Winchester, MA  VIVO is great at sharing data. Do you have data to share? Enter the VIVO Linked Open Data Contest. The winning team will be selected based on five star linked open data criteria, and will receive podium recognition at the conference. 

Tara Robertson: Shako Club: how a box lunch made me cry

Thu, 2015-07-16 21:46

Here’s the lunch box I received today from Shako Club.

I applied to receive a bento box a couple of months ago. The application process was a slightly odd questionnaire that I had some trouble answering. I don’t often get songs stuck in my head and it’s hard to pick my absolute favourite story from my childhood. We were told that our bento contents would be determined by the answers to this questionnaire.

The theme of land, sea, mountains is represented here with:

– top left (land) – chicken karaage, half a boiled egg on lettuce with 2 perfect crunchy cucumber sticks underneath

– top right (sea) red bean jelly made with kanten with a sansho leaves and a wee piece of candied ginger. there was a sliced strawberry hidden under the paper cup that held the jelly.

– bottom right (mountain) – veggie gyoza made with okara and spinach goma-ae

– bottom left  – rice with umeboshi

It’s in a gorgeous handmade maple box that’s been oiled with a cute Shako Club stamp on the bottom.

I sat down and Tazuko and I introduced ourselves to each other. There was also a translator who I didn’t introduce myself to until halfway through, which I feel was a bit rude of me. Tazuko talked a little bit about the process that they went through to make the bentos and then invited me to take the lid off and look. She explained the different ingredients and elements of this gorgeous lunch box. I was already familiar with the Japanese ingredients: okara (byproduct of making tofu), sansho leaves and kanten (agar agar).

She asked me if I liked Japanese food and I explained that I’m half Japanese and love Japanese food. I told her that karaage is my favourite and that I have really fond memories of the Japanese food that my Grandma used to make when we would visit each summer. Tazuko told me more about her history. She was born between Osaka and Nara in the mountains, and during the war their family fled their home to Yokohama.

She talked about the Japanese Canadian internment and the impact that WWII had on many Japanese and Japanese Canadian people. She talked about only having rice and umeboshi for lunch when she was a kid. I know how poor Japan was after the war and that for many people this is all they could afford, but hearing this truth from someone I had just met was really emotional for me. I was so touched about how much someone I had just met was sharing about their life with me, a complete stranger. I was also overcome with how lucky and privileged I am right now. I was blinking back tears then I really started crying, which didn’t seem to phase her or the translator. I forgot this cultural difference. In Japan it’s generally not seen as embarrassing to cry when you are extremely moved. In Canada I find that we don’t know what to do when people cry. We are generally uncomfortable with tears and “negative” emotions.

We chatted a bit more and I learned that she came to Canada 40 years ago and married a Nisei Japanese man. I was curious if she had kids but didn’t want to pry, so I didn’t ask.

We were asked to bring something small to gift back to the person we received the lunch box from. In my questionnaire I said that one of my hobbies is gardening. I ended up with a bunch of volunteer purple shiso plants in my community garden plot. I repotted one of these and brought one of the first cloves of garlic I had ever grown this past year. After all, who doesn’t like garlic? Also from living in Japan I know that gifts that can be consumed are often better. Tazuko and I chatted a bit about the connection between the umeboshi in the bento and the purple shies that I gave her—purple shiso is what gives umeboshi it’s colour.

We chatted a bit more. I took a few pictures of Tazuko and the bento she had made and then Cindy Mochizuki came by and said that Tazuko is her mom. Cindy is the artist responsible for this project and someone I’ve been getting to know better over the past year. It was awesome to find out that this amazing woman is her mom. If I had asked if she had kids earlier in the conversation I would have learned this.

I biked down to the seawall and enjoyed my lunch box and was reflecting on some relationships with work colleagues over the past month. I’ve delighted in a bunch of work relationships shifting to be more open and honest where other people have demonstrated courage in sharing stuff about themselves including: mental illness, learning disabilities, gender identity, sexuality, neurodiversity and personal insecurities that are incongruent with how I see them professionally. All of these people didn’t need to disclose these things about themselves but it made it easier for me to understand how they operate and gave me a glimpse of what they might be going through. To me these are acts of courage because they involve unpacking stigma and shame which is a revolutionary act that gives us all a little more room to breathe freely.

Learn more about Cindy Mochizuki’s Shako Club project

LITA: LITA 2015 Scholarships Winners

Thu, 2015-07-16 16:22

Rachel Vacek announced at her LITA President’s program at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, the winners of annual scholarships LITA sponsors jointly with three organizations: Baker & Taylor, LSSI and OCLC. These scholarships are for master’s level study, with an emphasis on library technology and/or automation, at a library school program accredited by the American Library Association. LITA, the Library and Information Technology Association, is a division of the American Library Association.

Andrew Meyer

This year’s winner of the LITA/Christian Larew Memorial Scholarship ($3,000) sponsored by Baker & Taylor is Andrew Meyer who will pursue his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship ($2,500) winner is Jesus Espinoza who will pursue his studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Young-In Kim, the winner of the LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship ($3,000), will pursue her studies at Syracuse University.

Jesus Espinoza

Criteria for the scholarships include previous academic excellence, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology. Two of the scholarships, the LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship and LITA/OCLC Minority Scholarship, also require U.S Citizenship and membership in one of four minority groups: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American, or Hispanic.

About LITA

Young-In Kim

Established in 1966, the Library and Information Technology Association is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership. The membership includes new professionals, web services librarians, systems librarians, digital initiatives librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and anyone else interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers.

For more information, visit www.lita.org.

ACRL TechConnect: Data, data everywhere…but do we want to drink?

Thu, 2015-07-16 15:01
The role of data, digital curation, and scholarly communication in academic libraries.

Ask around and you’ll hear that data is the new bacon (or turkey bacon, in my case. Sorry, vegetarians). It’s the hot thing that everyone wants a piece of. It is another medium with which we interact and derive meaning from. It is information[1]; potentially valuable and abundant. But much like [turkey] bacon, un-moderated gorging, without balance or diversity of content, can raise blood pressure and give you a heart attack. To understand how best to interact with the data landscape, it is important to look beyond it.

What do academic libraries need to know about data? A lot, but in order to separate the signal from the noise, it is imperative to look at the entire environment. To do this, one can look to job postings as a measure of engagement. The data curation positions, research data services departments, and data management specializations focus almost exclusively on digital data. However, these positions, which are often catch-alls for many other things do not place the data management and curation activities within the larger frame of digital curation, let alone scholarly communication. Missing from job descriptions is an awareness of digital preservation or archival theory as it relates to data management or curation. In some cases, this omission could be because a fully staffed digital collections department has purview over these areas. Nonetheless, it is important to articulate the need to communicate with those stakeholders in the job description. It may be said that if the job ad discusses data curation, digital preservation should be an assumed skill, yet given the tendencies to have these positions “do-all-the-things” it is negligent not to explicitly mention it.

Digital curation is an area that has wide appeal for those working in academic and research libraries. The ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group (DCIG) has one of the largest memberships within ACRL, with 1075 members as of March 2015. The interest group was intentionally named “digital curation” rather than “data curation” because the founders (Patricia Hswe and Marisa Ramirez) understood the interconnectivity of the domains and that the work in one area, like archives, could influence the work in another, like data management. For example, the work from Digital POWRR can help inform digital collection platform decisions or workflows, including data repository concerns. This Big Tent philosophy can help frame the data conversations within libraries in a holistic, unified manner, where the various library stakeholders work collaboratively to meet the needs of the community.

The absence of a holistic approach to data can result in the propensity to separate data from the corpus of information for which librarians already provide stewardship. Academic libraries may recognize the need to provide leadership in the area of data management, but balk when asked to consider data a special collection or to ingest data into the institutional repository. While librarians should be working to help the campus community become critical users and responsible producers of data, the library institution must empower that work by recognizing this as an extension of the scholarly communication guidance currently in place. This means that academic libraries must incorporate the work of data information literacy into their existing information literacy and scholarly communication missions, else risk excluding these data librarian positions from the natural cohort of colleagues doing that work, or risk overextending the work of the library.

This overextension is most obvious in the positions that seek a librarian to do instruction in data management, reference, and outreach, and also provide expertise in all areas of data analysis, statistics, visualization, and other data manipulation. There are some academic libraries where this level of support is reasonable, given the mission, focus, and resourcing of the specific institution. However, considering the diversity of scope across academic libraries, I am skeptical that the prevalence of job ads that describe this suite of services is justified. Most “general” science librarians would scoff if a job ad asked for experience with interpreting spectra. The science librarian should know where to direct the person who needs help with reading the spectra, or finding comparative spectra, but it should not be a core competency to have expertise in that domain. Yet experience with SPSS, R, Python, statistics and statistical literacy, and/or data visualization software find their way into librarian position descriptions, some more specialized than others.

For some institutions this is not an overextension, but just an extension of the suite of specialized services offered, and that is well and good. My concern is that academic libraries, feeling the rush of an approved line for all things data, begin to think this is a normal role for a librarian. Do not mistake me, I do not write from the perspective that libraries should not evolve services or that librarians should not develop specialized areas of expertise. Rather, I raise a concern that too often these extensions are made without the strategic planning and commitment from the institution to fully support the work that this would entail.

Framing data management and curation within the construct of scholarly communication, and its intersections with information literacy, allows for the opportunity to build more of this content delivery across the organization, enfranchising all librarians in the conversation. A team approach can help with sustainability and message penetration, and moves the organization away from the single-position skill and knowledge-sink trap. Subject expertise is critical in the fast-moving realm of data management and curation, but it is an expertise that can be shared and that must be strategically supported. For example, with sufficient cross-training liaison librarians can work with their constituents to advise on meeting federal data sharing requirements, without requiring an immediate punt to the “data person” in the library (if such a person exists). In cases where there is no data point person, creating a data working group is a good approach to distribute across the organization both the knowledge and the responsibility for seeking out additional information.

Data specialization cuts across disciplinary bounds and concerns both public services and technical services. It is no easy task, but I posit that institutions must take a simultaneously expansive yet well-scoped approach to data engagement – mindful of the larger context of digital curation and scholarly communication, while limiting responsibilities to those most appropriate for a particular institution.

[1] Lest the “data-information-knowledge-wisdom” hierarchy (DIKW) torpedo the rest of this post, let me encourage readers to allow for an expansive definition of data. One that allows for the discrete bits of data that have no meaning without context, such as a series of numbers in a .csv file, and the data that is described and organized, such as those exact same numbers in a .csv file, but with column and row descriptors and perhaps an associated data dictionary file. Undoubtedly, the second .csv file is more useful and could be classified as information, but most people will continue to call it data.

Yasmeen Shorish is assistant professor and Physical & Life Sciences librarian at James Madison University. She is a past-convener for the ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group and her research focus is in the areas of data information literacy and scholarly communication.

District Dispatch: Looking ahead: Special reports in the 2015 Library and Book Trade Almanac

Thu, 2015-07-16 14:38

The future of libraries and publishers attracts a lot of debate and writing. But what have we learned overall from the efforts to date? This question of synthesis and looking ahead is the theme of the “Special Reports” in the just-released 2015 Library and Book Trade 2015 Library and Book Trade Alamanac (LBTA) or Bowker Annual (LBTA), formerly known as the Bowker Annual, for which I served as the consulting editor.

In her article “Re-thinking the Roles of U.S. Libraries,” Larra Clark brings together three major activities that focus on the future of libraries. Amy K. Garmer leads the Aspen Institute effort on the future of libraries, whereas Miguel Figueroa is the founding director of the new Center for the Future of Libraries of the American Library Association (ALA). An important thinker of the future of public libraries is consultant Roger E. Levien, who previews some thoughts from his forthcoming book. But however impressive and insightful our learning may be, it is useless unless decision makers understand the roles and capacities of future libraries—active communication and a proactive stance with these decision makers are essential to ensure that libraries may fully contribute to communities and campuses in the decades to come.

School libraries represent an important library segment in the midst of fundamental change. Christopher Harris and Barbara K. Stripling in “School Libraries Meet the Challenges of Change,” explain how school libraries (and librarians) are in the digital crossroads of schools. School libraries are well placed to keep up with advances in digital technology and services and disseminate and incorporate them into pedagogical practice. Also, school libraries and librarians are centrally situated to coordinate digital resources to maximize their efficient and effective use, with the goal of empowering all students.

Digital preservation is a topic of great importance to the library community as discussed by Melissa Goertzen, Robert Wolven, and Jeffrey D. Carroll, who focus on ebooks. While emphasizing the long-term stewardship of the nation’s cultural heritage, the digital format changes the rules by also creating urgency in addressing the matter, because unlike with analog materials, without proper current action, digital files may not be around for retroactive preservation. To move forward, libraries will need to build more effective relationships with publishers and other key stakeholders.

Finally, James LaRue discusses “publishing” in the context of contemporary libraries. In “New Publishing and the Library: E-books, Self-publishing, and Beyond,” he explores a number of the newer directions in libraries such as libraries as publishers; collecting self-published works; 3D printers; and libraries as booksellers. LaRue also reviews the problems with current business models for the library ebook market, especially those centered around high prices for the more popular titles. Despite the challenges, LaRue is optimistic for libraries as they navigate through the disruption in the publishing marketplace.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve as the consulting editor for this edition of the Library and Book Trade Almanac. It is quite the challenge to select the few topics for focus from the many possibilities. It is then a further challenge to identify the best authors for a given topic and then to obtain their agreement to write, as the most knowledgeable people tend to have many demands on their time. I am deeply grateful to the authors, LBTA editor Dave Bogart, and Information Today Inc. for their contributions and support in completing this Special Reports section.

Take a look at your local library!

The post Looking ahead: Special reports in the 2015 Library and Book Trade Almanac appeared first on District Dispatch.

FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: veraPDF - 0.2.0

Thu, 2015-07-16 13:48

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FOSS4Lib Updated Packages: veraPDF

Thu, 2015-07-16 13:47

Last updated July 16, 2015. Created by Peter Murray on July 16, 2015.
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veraPDF is a purpose-built, open source, file-format validator covering all PDF/A parts and conformance levels. veraPDF is designed to meet the needs of digital preservationists and is supported by the PDF software developer community.

Package Type: Data Preservation and ManagementLicense: GPLv3 Package Links Development Status: In Development Releases for veraPDF Programming Language: JavaOpen Hub Link: https://openhub.net/p/veraPDF-libraryOpen Hub Stats Widget: 

DPLA: Unexpected: Hit the Road

Thu, 2015-07-16 13:32

This is the fourth post in our  Unexpected series which covers thematic discoveries in our collection. In case you missed it, our last post shared amazing images of robots from the 1920s to the 1990s. 

Americans across the decades have been drawn to the allure of the open road. It’s become a cultural touchstone, a theme in our music, our novels, our history, of getting behind the wheel and seeing the country. Here are some historic images and driving tips from the DPLA collection to inspire your next road trip.

Before you start, it is important to have a good sense of direction.

“Map of the United States as Californians see it,” 1947. Courtesy of David Rumsey.

 

It is also crucial to know the basics about your car and how it operates.

A General Motors transparent car, 1939-40. Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

 

You’ll need to feel secure behind the wheel, whether you’re still driving your first car, or you are traveling in higher style.

Mr. Elwood Haynes in his first car, 1893. Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

A photo of a car. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth. Copyright (c) Leslie Jones. This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND).

 

Safety is always paramount.

The “Death Dodgers” at the New York World’s Fair, 1939-40. Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

The “Death Dodgers” car traveling through flaming wall at the New York World’s Fair, 1939-40. Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

 

As is obeying the rules of the road.

A New York City traffic violator driving a 1900 car being stopped by a police officer on a bicycle. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.

A 1919 automobile handbook, showing how to navigate the “delicate and dangerous situation” of passing horse-drawn vehicles and street cars. Courtesy of HathiTrust.

 

And watch where you’re going, of course.

A car stuck in a stairwell, 1900s. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth. Copyright (c) Leslie Jones. This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND).

A car knocking down a utility pole in Cambridge, Boston, 1900s. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth. Copyright (c) Leslie Jones. This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND).

 

It also helps to park your car someplace that will be easy for you to find again.

A car fished out of Fort Point channel, 1952. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth. Copyright (c) Leslie Jones. This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND).

 

The most successful mark of a good road trip, however, isn’t the car you’re driving.

A commercial car priced at $ 3,200, 1909. Courtesy of The New York Public Library.

 

It’s making room for friends, no matter the price tag.

“Vacation days” at a stagecoach riding school, 1929. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth. Copyright (c) Leslie Jones. This work is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND).

 

Ariadne Magazine: Understanding Gamification

Thu, 2015-07-16 08:37

John Kirriemuir reviews the ALA Tech Report "Understanding Gamification" by Bohyun Kim, and finds a high quality introduction to the subject.

Understanding Gamification
by Bohyun Kim,
Published by American Library Association Library Technology Reports
ISBN 978-0-8389-5953-4
Price: $43.00

Need

There is a vast range of articles, reports, papers, stories and other ephemera concerning ‘gamification’, both online and in print. As an increasingly weary reader of several hundred of these items, it is obvious that there are extreme variations in the quality, bias, depth, analysis, and related and cited research within many. Though unsure of whether the world needs yet another introduction, or perhaps just needs a few high quality pieces, I reviewed this particular publication for Ariadne. Read more about Understanding Gamification

John Kirriemuir

Authors: Issue number: Article type: Date published: Thu, 07/16/2015]74http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue74/kirriemuir

Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part fk

Thu, 2015-07-16 03:00

Part fk of Amazon crawl..

This item belongs to: data/ol_data.

This item has files of the following types: Data, Data, Metadata, Text

DuraSpace News: Major Repository Networks Agree to Collaborate on Data Exchange, Technological Development, and Metadata

Thu, 2015-07-16 00:00

From Kathleen Shearer, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), CARL, ARL, RDC

DPLA: Interested in shaping “Hydra in a Box”? Take the Survey!

Wed, 2015-07-15 15:15

Do you manage digital collections? Are you interested in the future of repository solutions?

The Digital Public Library of America, Stanford University, and DuraSpace want to hear from you.

Take the Hydra-in-a-Box Survey: https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bvCv54xcyfb5mo5

We are partnering to extend the existing Hydra project codebase and its vibrant and growing community to build, bundle, and promote a feature-rich, robust, flexible digital repository that is easy to install, configure, and maintain. This next-generation repository solution — “Hydra in a Box” — will work for institutions large and small, incorporating the capabilities and affordances to support networked resources and services in a shared, sustainable, nationwide platform. The overall intent is to develop a digital collections platform that is not just “on the web,” but “of the web.”

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the 30-month collaborative project launched in May 2015 and is currently in the Product Design phase.  We are using the survey responses to better understand the current landscape of repository solutions in use by libraries, archives, and museums, and what these stakeholders need in an “ideal” repository solution.

Institutions of all sizes are invited to respond, including those who have digital collections not currently managed in a repository as well as those who manage multiple repositories.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

– The Hydra in a Box team

DPLA: Interested in shaping “Hydra in a Box”? Take the Survey!

Wed, 2015-07-15 15:15

Do you manage digital collections? Are you interested in the future of repository solutions?

The Digital Public Library of America, Stanford University, and DuraSpace want to hear from you.

Take the Hydra-in-a-Box Survey: https://stanforduniversity.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bvCv54xcyfb5mo5

We are partnering to extend the existing Hydra project codebase and its vibrant and growing community to build, bundle, and promote a feature-rich, robust, flexible digital repository that is easy to install, configure, and maintain. This next-generation repository solution — “Hydra in a Box” — will work for institutions large and small, incorporating the capabilities and affordances to support networked resources and services in a shared, sustainable, nationwide platform. The overall intent is to develop a digital collections platform that is not just “on the web,” but “of the web.”

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the 30-month collaborative project launched in May 2015 and is currently in the Product Design phase.  We are using the survey responses to better understand the current landscape of repository solutions in use by libraries, archives, and museums, and what these stakeholders need in an “ideal” repository solution.

Institutions of all sizes are invited to respond, including those who have digital collections not currently managed in a repository as well as those who manage multiple repositories.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

– The Hydra in a Box team

Code4Lib Journal: Editorial Introduction: Changes on the Editorial Board

Wed, 2015-07-15 14:39
The publication of the 29th issue of the journal brings with it several changes to the editorial board.

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