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Hydra Project: OR2015 program announcement, registration reminder

planet code4lib - Tue, 2015-05-05 08:06

Of interest to Hydranauts

OR2015 NEWS: Full Program Available; Early Registration Deadline Friday; Sign Up for Workshops

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that full program and schedule details for Open Repositories 2015, taking place in Indianapolis on June 8-11, are now available on the conference website at http://www.or2015.net/

The program for this 10th Open Repositories conference includes:

– keynote talks from Kaitlin Thaney of Mozilla Science Lab and Anurag Acharya of Google Scholar

– a mix of workshops, tutorials, papers, panels, 24×7 presentations, posters, and “repository rants and raves” addressing a wide variety of topics related to digital repositories and the roles they play in supporting open scholarship, open science, online cultural heritage, and research data

– a Developer Track that includes informal  presentations and demonstrations showcasing community expertise and progress

– interest group sessions focused on the open source DSpace, EPrints, and Fedora (including Hydra and Islandora) repository platforms

– an Ideas Challenge enabling small teams to collaborate on proposing new ideas for moving repositories forward (with prizes)

Coupled with a variety of social activities to help support networking with colleagues from across the globe, along with exhibit tables from conference sponsors, OR2015 should make for a rewarding experience for anyone working in the repositories space.

** Reminder: Discounted Early Registration Ends Friday, May 8 **

Online registration for OR2015 is open, and participants can save $50 by registering by this Friday, May 8. Special negotiated room rates are available at the conference hotel until May 16. For more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.or2015.net/

All conference participants, including those with accepted presentations, need to register in order to attend the conference.

** Sign Up for Workshops and Tutorials **

If you have already registered for OR2015 and are planning to participate in workshops or tutorials on the first day of the conference, Monday, June 8, please visit http://www.or2015.net/workshops to sign up for the sessions you plan to attend. Workshops and tutorials are included in the registration fee, but separate signup is required in order to guarantee a seat.

We look forward to seeing you at OR2015!

Holly Mercer, William Nixon, and Imma Subirats

OR2015 Program Co-Chairs

Jon Dunn, Beth Namachchivaya, Julie Speer, and Sarah Shreeves

OR2015 Conference Organizing Committee

DuraSpace News: VIVO v1.8 is Now Available

planet code4lib - Tue, 2015-05-05 00:00

The VIVO team has announced that VIVO v1.8 is now available with key features and improvements. The VIVO Project is an open source, open ontology, open process platform for hosting information about the interests, activities and accomplishments of faculty and students providing an integrated view of the scholarly work of an organization.

District Dispatch: The hierarchy of creative people

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 21:25

Photo by David Lapetina

A coalition formed “to combat copyright piracy and demonstrate the value of creativity”— Creative America—has changed its name to CreativeFuture. Major motion picture and television companies initially formed this group now that is now considering the future, the present day, and no doubt, the past as well.

CreativeFuture now has individual members as well industry and trade groups. These new members call themselves “the creatives.” Apparently, by calling themselves the creatives, they are a specially placed group, distinct from other people who create.

Who are the CreativeFuture creatives? Television and film executives, producers, screen writers, actors and others in the entertainment industry. They argue that “copyright should protect creatives from those who would use the internet to undermine creativity.” In case you were wondering, “Those” are people who use the internet to allegedly infringe copyright by copying and distributing protected content.

They are incorrectly called “pirates,” because, well, it sounds more creative. The icing on the cake is the compelling narrative that goes along with the label. The story goes that if piracy [sic] is unchecked, the entertainment industries will go bankrupt, thousands of people who work for the industry will lose their jobs, and the world will miss out on the fantabulous creative works that the United States provides. And if the creatives grow disillusioned, there will come a time when the creatives will have no reason to create anymore. Only people who are creative—but not as creative as the creatives—will create their subpar content. The world will suffer.

Other than the creatives, who else should be protected by copyright law? The public. The grand feature of the copyright law is that it serves both the interests of creators and rights holders but also the information seeking (and consumer buying) needs of the public. Free expression and learning should be protected as well because they in turn advance knowledge and create new works. This is how the progress of science and the useful arts happens.

Re:create, a new copyright coalition wants to direct more attention to the public, people who create, and new and emerging creators. Piracy [sic] is bad but making extreme attempts to control it with laws like SOPA are overkill, and ultimately only favor the creatives, the companies they work for, and their legacy business models.

In closing, I will end my tongue in cheek rant with a plea. The creatives say that they “must be part of the conversation and stand up for creativity.” We all support creativity already, but the creatives, always craving attention, want to stand up higher and be seen (or heard at a Congressional hearing). I say that the concerns of the public need more attention. Let’s move forward while preserving a balanced copyright law. Don’t miss your chance to be heard.

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Coral Sheldon-Hess: Recipe – Sweet potato and black bean hash

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 19:58

This is delicious by itself, with rice, as a taco or quesadilla filling, or, if you want to combine it with some scrambled eggs and a little cheese, in a breakfast burrito. Sour cream goes nicely with it, especially if you get it too spicy. ;) Although it’s very good (and rich and filling) with the bacon, I don’t think you strictly need it. If you prefer to go vegetarian, just increase the other oil and leave the bacon out; it’ll still be good.

This, much more than the last recipe, will give you a peek into how I generally cook. (Spoiler: Makin’ it all up as I go.) I started out to make basically this, but I didn’t bother to look it back up (or I’d have known I had WAY too many sweet potatoes :)); also, I knew I was going to substitute some coconut oil in place of some of the bacon fat.* If olive oil is your thing, do that instead; just keep an eye on the temperature so it doesn’t smoke.

About halfway through cooking it, I changed my mind and decided to make something spicier, a little more like Mexican food and a little less like Southern food; hence, beans and all the spices past the sage. I was working from my recollection of something I liked to order back when I lived in Pittsburgh, at a (now sadly closed) restaurant called The Quiet Storm, and I think I got the spice combo right. But I wish I’d measured, so that I could share exact amounts with you. Below are my estimates.

Ingredients:

  • 32 oz sweet potatoes, minus a few weird-looking chunks
  • 1 lb bacon (minus a few strips that became breakfast), drained, but reserve the fat
  • 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed
  • ~3 Tbsp coconut oil + ~1Tbsp bacon fat; you can add more if it starts sticking to the pan too badly
  • sage – fresh is pretty great, dried is fine; I used 4 fresh leaves plus probably a teaspoon of dried
  • chili powder – at least a teaspoon, probably more like 2
  • onion powder – just a dash
  • garlic powder – a dash
  • oregano – about a teaspoon?
  • cayenne – maybe 1/4-1/2 tsp, depending how spicy you want to go
  • salt – to taste
  • a little water

Method:

If you didn’t buy pre-cut sweet potatoes, peel and chop yours. It will cook faster if you shred them, rather than cutting them into cubes. I like having them cubed, but I think I watched three episodes of a TV show on my cookbookiPad while this was cooking, just so you know.

Cook the bacon however you like to cook bacon. I used a skillet, patted the cooked bacon dry with a paper towel, and then poured all of the fat from the skillet into a measuring cup. I gave the bacon time to cool and ate some breakfast. :) You will eventually want to chop the bacon into little pieces, but you’ll have time for that while the sweet potatoes cook.

Put a little bit of the bacon grease (maybe 1Tbsp, maybe a smidge more) back into your skillet with the coconut oil. It’s going to look like too much oil, but 32 oz of sweet potatoes will eat a LOT of oil while they cook. Let the oil get good and hot (I kept the burner on medium the whole time), and if you’re using fresh sage, drop the leaves in and let them sizzle for just a bit before you dump in the sweet potatoes. Dried sage can go in a little later.

Get the sweet potatoes covered in oil, and then let them heat. You’ll want to stir them up every so often, maybe every 5 or so minutes if you’re an antsy cook like me. For something more like hashbrowns, you want to be more patient.

Chop up your bacon. Once the sweet potatoes are hot — not even cooked through, just hot — it’s cool to add the spices and throw the bacon back in.

About 15 minutes after you add the spices and the bacon, go ahead and add the (rinsed and drained) beans. You’ll want to add water (maybe about a third of a cup?) from time to time, after the beans go in, because they’re prone to drying out.

When everything’s all cooked through, or you’re bored and just want to finish it in the microwave, it’s done. :)

* If you use locally grown bacon from happy pigs that aren’t eating corn, probably using all the bacon fat is a fine choice, but I wasn’t. I’m sorry. One of the perks of having a full-time job again is going to be a return to buying more locally and more ethically, just in general; but for now, I just do what I can. (back)

Peter Murray: From NISO: Invitation to NISO Patron Privacy Virtual Meetings

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 19:44

Over the next couple months, NISO is managing a project to “develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems.”1 I’m honored and excited to be on the panel exploring this topic and creating the recommendations as this is a topic I’ve written about extensively on this blog. In May and June, NISO is conducting virtual meetings on four topics that will lead up to a day and a half in-person discussion at the ALA annual meeting at the end of June in San Francisco. Reproduced below is the invitation for people to listen in on the virtual meeting discussions. I hope (and expect) that there will be a twitter hashtag for those participating in the call (whether on the panel or in the audience) to add their thoughts. The #nisoprivacy hashtag will be used to gather the discussion online.

As announced last month, NISO, the National Information Standards Organization has launched an initiative to develop a Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems with the generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project involves a series of community discussions on how libraries, publishers and information systems providers can build better privacy protection into their operations and the subsequent formulation of a framework document on the privacy of patron data in these systems.

We are pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of listen-only “seats” to the virtual meetings that comprise the first phase of the project. The virtual meetings will involve a range of industry participants including librarians, publishers, system vendors, legal experts and general non-profit participants, discussing various ‘lenses’ of patron privacy. The dates and times of these events are scheduled as follows:

  • Patron privacy in internal library systems: Thursday, May 7, 10:00 am-1:00 pm ET
  • Patron privacy in vendor systems: Thursday, May 21, 10:00 am-1:00 pm ET
  • Patron privacy in publisher systems: Friday, May 22, 9:00 am-12 noon ET
  • Legal frameworks influencing data sharing and policies: Friday, June 19, 1:00-4:00 pm ET

If you would like to attend any of these meetings as a listen-only guest, please fill out the RSVP form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/niso-patron-privacy. [Registration for each meeting will close at noon Eastern time the day before the meeting.]

Each of these virtual meetings will be a three-hour web-based session designed to lay the groundwork for an in-person meeting at the conclusion of the American Library Association meeting in San Francisco, CA in June. We plan to make a live stream of that meeting available to the community. More information about that video stream of the meeting will be distributed next month.

Following the in-person meeting, a Framework document will be completed detailing the privacy principles and recommendations agreed to by the participants, and then circulated for public comment and finalization. More information, including a version of the project proposal, is available on the NISO website at: http://www.niso.org/topics/tl/patron_privacy/.

Thank you for your interest in this important topic that faces the library and information communities.

Footnotes
  1. From NISO’s March 11, 2015, press release about the project.
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Library of Congress: The Signal: National Digital Stewardship Alliance Seeking New Host Organization

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 19:36
Request For Proposals: Organizational Host for the National Digital Stewardship Alliance

NDSA card, by wlef70, on Flickr.

Founded in 2010, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) is a consortium of institutions that are committed to the long-term preservation of digital information. NDSA’s mission is to establish, maintain and advance the capacity to preserve digital resources for the benefit of present and future generations. The NDSA comprises over 160 participating institutional members. These members come from 45 states and include universities, consortia, professional societies, commercial businesses, professional associations and government agencies at the federal, state and local level.

For an inaugural 4-year term, the Library of Congress has provided secretariat and membership management support to the NDSA, contributing working group leadership, expertise and administrative support. The NDSA Coordinating Committee and The Library of Congress seek proposals (PDF, 99 KB) from organizations to host the NDSA for its next 4-year term.

Over its first four years, NDSA projects have yielded a wide range of outputs that articulate and move forward a national strategy for digital preservation like the National Agenda for Digital Stewardship report and the storage and content surveys and resulting reports. The NDSA also produces tools that document and guide best practices like the Levels of Preservation and numerous digital content case studies. The NDSA is also highlights member accomplishments through the annual Innovation Awards and the Insights interview series. Through an annual meeting, regional workshops and monthly webinars members share and learn about current work in digital standards, content and infrastructure. These projects have extended the state of disciplinary knowledge, advanced the state of digital preservation practice and disseminated information about approaches to long-term access to a wide audience. Representatives of a range of stakeholders have provided input to the products of the NDSA, and a number of community funders have used NDSA reports to guide their programs.

The NDSA host organization will play a critical role in the digital stewardship community, in ongoing activities, and in developing new NDSA products. The host will be prominently acknowledged in NDSA reports and other products; in NDSA communications; and at conferences and other NDSA events. The NDSA host organization will participate in NDSA leadership as a member of the Coordinating Committee; will contribute expertise through participation in NDSA working groups and working group activities, and will contribute to operations by providing administrative organizational support.

All NDSA member institutions have committed to NDSA principles of stewardship, collaboration, inclusiveness and transparency, and contribute in-kind effort to working groups, surveys and outreach. Host institutions are expected to commit to NDSA principles for the scope of their NDSA activities; to contribute dedicated effort to leadership and administrative support; and to contribute targeted effort to working group activities of special interest to the host.

Organizations interested in hosting NDSA should send a letter of inquiry (up to one page) by e-mail to the NDSA Coordinating Committee (Chair: Micah Altman, escience [at] mit.edu) by June 30, 2015.

NDSA Request for Proposals Document (PDF)

Letter to NDSA Members announcing the transition (PDF)

FOSS4Lib Recent Releases: DSpace CRIS - 4.3.0

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 19:03

Last updated May 4, 2015. Created by Peter Murray on May 4, 2015.
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Package: DSpace CRISRelease Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

District Dispatch: 3D/DC: A good day for libraries

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 16:07

An e-NABLE prosthetic hand.
Photo from
enablingthefuture.org

Last Wednesday, the Washington, D.C. think tank Public Knowledge hosted 3D/DC, its annual 3D printing policy symposium at the U.S. Capitol Complex. The all-day event brought together educators, government officials, 3D printer manufacturers, leaders of the open-source digital file-sharing movement, entrepreneurs and software developers from across the country.

Programming consisted of a series of panels on topics ranging from distributed manufacturing and the economy, to education, to intellectual property. Although the lineup of speakers included representatives from the private, public and non-profit sectors, most of the day’s remarks extolled the capacity of 3D printers to promote creative learning and expression. From Allison Vicenti, MakerBot’s Education Director, to John Schull, founder of a non-profit community of 3D-printed prosthetic makers known as e-NABLE, the experts agreed that 3D printing will only reach its full potential in the United States if people remain free to harness it to build new skills and bring their ideas to life.

For ALA, this common sentiment among 3D mavens is welcome news. These individuals are looking for actors that do exactly what libraries do. As ALA’s work on 3D printing to date emphasizes, the library community is unique in providing access to—and instruction in—this technology to the public at no or low cost. There are makerspaces outside of libraries, but these facilities are generally “pay-to-play”—they don’t boast the same ability to empower people of all ages, creeds and financial means to bring their imaginations into the physical world. In short, libraries exhibit unrivaled leadership in allowing for the free expression needed to leverage 3D printing technology to meet individual, community and national needs.

Luckily for us, ALA is not a voice in the wilderness on this point. More than one participant in Wednesday’s event spoke to the leadership our community continues to demonstrate in encouraging creativity through 3D printing. Leading scholar Michael Weinberg of the 3D printing marketplace Shapeways—an employee of Public Knowledge until recently—said that as the son of a librarian, he feels a personal appreciation for all we’re doing to connect people to the innovative power of the technology. Sophia Georgiou, the founder of a New York start-up that created mobile 3D modeling app Morphi, said that 3D printing enthusiasts should keep libraries in mind when looking for a safe space to learn and create.

The fact that 3D printing experts recognize libraries as leaders in providing access to—and building skills through—3D printing is great, but it’s not enough; our work is far from done. For starters, we need to make sure that this recognition expands beyond the brilliant minds that are steeped in 3D printing issues day-in and day-out. From a public policy standpoint, that means we have to make clear to policymakers inside and outside of the beltway that our ongoing efforts to establish a community-wide set of best practices for the use of 3D printers make us well equipped to play a role in developing the policy frameworks that are just beginning to coalesce around 3D printing technology. Additionally, we must leverage our growing status as 3D printing leaders to explore opportunities for collaboration with government actors and industry leaders in new 3D printing initiatives.

To these ends, ALA will continue its 3D printing work by cultivating relationships with key 3D printing players, both in government and the private sector. We also will continue to encourage library professionals to develop and share acceptable use policies for their 3D printers, so that the library community can establish best practices that guide the direction of 3D printing policy. And we will continue raising awareness of libraries’ work and value in this critical arena among key decision makers. You can help by sharing your successes, challenges and vision for the future by adding a comment here or emailing me directly at cwapner@alawash.org.

Stay tuned for updates on our continued work in the 3D printing space, and for potential opportunities to get involved!

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DPLA: DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator travel grant awardee shares experiences from DPLAfest 2015

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 15:00

This guest post was written by Laura Wrubel, a 2015 DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant awardee. These grants provided active DLF community contributors with funding to participate in DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis this past April. In this post, Laura recounts her experiences at the fest.

Dan Cohen kicked off DPLAfest 2015 to a full auditorium at the Indianapolis Public Library saying, “it may not be intimate, but it may be communal.” Throughout the event, I noticed a sense of excitement about new and strengthening relationships, formal and informal, springing from this shared work to create the DPLA.

At the Community Showcase, several participants demonstrated projects connecting members of the local community with the creation of digital collections. I learned about History Harvest and Minnesota’s Immigrants, projects in which oral histories and student interviews of community members created living linkages between the contributors of content and the archive.

For the most part, I participated in the technical track and hackathon. Among the highlights of the track was Corey Harper’s session, “Can Metadata be Quantified? Analytics for Libraries”, a walkthrough of his exploratory analysis of DPLA metadata and website analytics, via an iPython notebook. How might we apply computational linguistics techniques, paired with search analytics, to improve the usability of the DPLA metadata and platform? Corey’s work is a great jumping off point to further understanding the DPLA collection and how those who contribute to it might make their metadata most effective for searchers. I was sorry I could not be in multiple places at once, and was glad for the tweeters sharing insights from the other technical sessions, the ebook track, and community rep meet-ups.

The “Introduction to the DPLA API” session–the kickoff to the hackathon–drew nearly 60 people interested in what the DPLA platform had to offer. Many people got up and running with an API key and using the Postman browser extension to explore the DPLA API themselves. Afterwards, a smaller group returned to brainstorm projects to pursue during the hackathon. Ideas included a “local view” of the DPLA collection, Wikipedia integration, an ipython notebook for exploring facet data, and open ebook integration with DPLA.

I joined a small group interested in ways to surface whimsical content from DPLA that would appeal to a broad range of people. We settled on a Twitter bot, starting with the code from Mark Sample’s DPLAbot as a starting point. Brandon Locke, Alexandra Murray, Scott Young, and I spent the hackathon creating DinnerPLAnsbot. It tweets daily an image from DPLA matching a random selection from a list of the top 1000 most frequently appearing menu items from the 1850s to today from the New York Public Library’s “What’s on the menu?” project. With some critical help from DPLA staff and Chad Nelson, we got it up and running, each contributing from our own particular expertise and all of us learning code that was new to us. Hungry for toast? DinnerPLAnsbot may have suggestions for you.

At the hackathon’s wrap-up–the Developer Showcase–we heard about several projects seeking potential connections between individuals and DPLA content, such as Wonder and the History Project. Ben Armintor showed “dbla”, a project he impressively accomplished in the short period of the hackathon, building the DPLA’s API into the Blacklight search interface. Mark Matienzo revived “Dial-a-DPLA,” an app using Twilio to allow people to call a number and hear a random audio selection. Particularly outstanding was Chad Nelson’s Color Browse project, a fun way to explore DPLA’s images by color. I appreciated the chance to share a project I recently worked on while learning Python, Disaster View, which explores DPLA images of natural disasters.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to have participated in DPLAfest, meeting people doing thoughtful research and development, with open source tools and transparency. DPLAfest deepened my appreciation for the tough technical challenges and hard organizational questions the DPLA staff and members are taking on, and left me impressed with the momentum the community is developing.

District Dispatch: Library community loses public service advocate Charles Benton

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 14:53

Philanthropist and library champion Charles Benton

It is with a heavy heart that I share news of the passing of Charles Benton—activist, philanthropist,founder and former CEO of the Benton Foundation. Charles was a long-time leader in the library field who served as the former chairman and chairman emeritus of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and served on the National Museum and Library Services Board.

Charles was a leader ahead of his time—seeing the interconnection points of media, information policy, telecommunications and libraries. I saw this on a monthly basis as we both actively participate in the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition that ALA and the Benton Foundation helped co-found. Charles’ energy and enthusiasm for our shared work never seemed to flag, and his optimism and passion after decades of hard-fought battles has been inspiring.

As the leader of the Benton Foundation, Charles was committed to ensuring telecommunications services served the public interest and enhanced our democracy. In the past 30 years, the Benton Foundation has advocated (pdf) on behalf of diversity, universal access to and adoption of broadband, preservation of public media in policy debates on critical policy issues, creative media production, and public access to government information.

We will greatly miss his strong commitment to libraries and the roles they play in ensuring opportunity and progress for millions of people every day. No one can fill his shoes, but we can advance his vision by bringing our own fierce determination and voices to vital policy debates ranging from Universal Service to privacy to network neutrality.

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NYPL Labs: The Internet Loves Digital Collections: April 2015

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 14:15
January 18, 1969 menu from the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel

What was the most viewed image on NYPL's Digital Collections platform in April 2015?

It was a menu.

Specifically, a menu from the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel, dated January 18, 1969.

How did that happen?

Seems that a little show called Mad Men featured a mention of the Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel in the third episode of this final season. Following the airing of that episode a few weeks ago, Gothamist posted a recap and review titled "Unpacking Last Night's Mad Men: From The Oak Room To Port Authority," featuring some color commentary about the various settings and details in the show. That recap featured a link to the menu above from our Digital Collections, and made that image the most viewed in April 2015.

What sorts of things were the Mad Men characters dining on in January 1969 (or similarly in 1970, where the show's chronology has now arrived)?

  • Shrimp Cocktail ($2.10)
  • Terrine of Imported Foie Gras ($3.65)
  • Sirloin steak (for 2, at $19.70)
  • Pot of coffee ($0.70)

Conveniently, you can see all the dishes on the Oak Room menu transcribed via our "What's on the Menu?" transcription tool.

Guide to symbols in a 1910 Tour Book from the Automobile Club of America

Meanwhile, a close second was a 1910 "Tour Book" from the Automobile Club of America (better browsed via our book viewer). That traffic came via a post on Slate's "Vault" blog (featuring "historical treasures, oddities, and delights") titled "The Complex Series of Symbols Early Motorists Used for Wayfinding," which showcased the fascinating set of symbols used in early motorist route descriptions.

Another popular collection that got a lot of notice last month is our nearly complete set of "The Green Books" from 1936-1967, which was just recently put online.

Digital Curatorial Assistant K Menick described the collection in a blog post, noting how these historical documents highlight the contours of a segregated nation listing "hotels, restaurants, beauty salons, nightclubs, bars, gas stations, etc. where black travelers would be welcome. In an age of sundown towns, segregation, and lynching, the Green Book became an indispensable tool for safe navigation."

That's the story for this month! Check back in a few weeks for more stories from our Digital Collections.

FOSS4Lib Updated Packages: FixityBerry

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 12:55

Last updated May 4, 2015. Created by acocciolo on May 4, 2015.
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FixityBerry is software that runs on a Raspberry Pi computer that runs fixity scans on all hard drives connected via USB. The Pi is able to read a wide variety of drive formats because packages are available for Linux for doing this. It sends an email once scanning is complete, and shuts down the device. The Raspberry Pi—with connected hard drives—can be connected to a power timer that automatically runs the apparatus weekly.

Package Type: Data Preservation and ManagementLicense: OtherDevelopment Status: Production/Stable Package Links Operating System: LinuxProgramming Language: PHPDatabase: MySQL

Islandora: Islandora Conference - Proposed Workshops

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 12:27

In March we sent out a survey to the Islandora community to see what workshops you are interested in attending during the Islandora Conference. These will be two-hour sessions that address different skills and components in Islandora in a hands-on fashion, led by some of the most knowledgeable and experienced instructors in the community.

While we are still working out the details of the schedule and the instructor roster, we are pleased to announce plans to offer the following workshops during day three and four of the conference:

For Admins/Front End Users
  • Islandora 101
  • Building and Structuring Collections
  • Solr Front-end
  • Islandora Scholar
  • Scoping 101: Islandora Implementation Roadmap
For Developers
  • Islandora Development 101
  • How to Tuque
  • Solr Code-side
  • Solution Packs (Experts)
  • Drush and Migration
Intermediate/Crossover
  • Working With Form Builder
  • All About XACML
  • Solution Packs (Beginners)
  • OAI/PMH
  • Fedora 4 and Islandora
  • Theming Your Islandora

See anything there you want to attend? Register for the conference and join us in Charlottetown August 3 - 7.

DuraSpace News: Telling VIVO Stories at Brown University with Andrew Ashton, Steven McCauley, Jean Rainwater and Ted Lawless

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 00:00

“Telling VIVO Stories” is a community-led initiative aimed at introducing project leaders and their ideas to one another while providing VIVO implementation details for the VIVO community and beyond. The following interview includes personal observations that may not represent the opinions and views of Brown University or the VIVO Project.

Julia Trimmer from Duke talked with the VIVO team at Brown University to learn about their VIVO story.

“What are your roles with VIVO at Brown?”

DuraSpace News: OAI9 Geneva Pre-Conference DSpace Meetings Offered in French and English

planet code4lib - Mon, 2015-05-04 00:00

From the @mire organising committee: Benoît Wéry, Bram Luyten and Ignace Deroost

Heverlee, Belgium  The biennial CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI9) will take place this year from June 17th until June 19th in Geneva. This year, @mire will organise pre-conference DSpace specific user group meetings on the 15th & 16th of June. You are kindly invited to attend these meetings.

Eric Hellman: Ranganathan and the 5 Blind Librarians

planet code4lib - Sat, 2015-05-02 23:47
It's "Choose Privacy Week". To celebrate, the American Library Association is publishing a series of blog posts; today they're running mine! I wanted to write something special, so I decided to have little fun with a parable. I'm reprinting it here:

I've heard it told that after formulating his famous "Five Laws of Library Science", the great Indian librarian S. R Ranganathan began thinking about privacy in libraries. Here's what I remember of the tale:
In India at the time, there were five librarians reknowned far and wide for their tremendous organizational skills, formidable bibliographic canny, and the coincidental fact that each of them was blind. It was said that "S" could identify books by their smell. "H" could classify a book just by the sound of the footfalls of a person carrying it. "T" was famous for leading patrons by the hand to exactly the book they wanted; the feel of a person's fingernails told him all he needed to know. "P" knew everything there was to know about paper and ink. "C" was quick with her fingers on a keyboard and there was hardly a soul in his city she had not corresponded with.  But these 5 were also sought out for their discretion; powerful leaders would consult them, thinking that their blindness made them immune to passing on their secrets of affairs and of state.
So of course, Ranganathan asked the five blind librarians to come to him so he could benefit from their wisdom and experience with privacy. The great librarians began talking among themselves as they sat outside Ranganathan's house.
"On my way through the countryside I encountered a strange beast", said librarian H.  "I can't say what he was, but he had a distinctive call like a horn: Toot-to-to-toooot..." and librarian H reproduced a complicated sound that must have had at least 64 toots.
"By that sound, I think I encountered the same beast." said librarian T. "I reached out to touch him. He was hard and smooth, and ended in a point, like a great long sword."
"No, you are wrong", said librarian P. I heard the same sound, and the strange beast is like a thick parchment, I could feel the wind when it fluttered.
"You fellows are so mistaken." said librarian C "You touch for a second and you think you know everything. I spent 15 minutes playing with the beast, she is like a great squirming snake."
"I know nothing of the beast except the smell of his droppings," said librarian S.  "But what I do know is that the beast had recently eaten a huge feast of bananas."
At this, a poacher who had been eavesdropping on the five librarians picked up his shotgun and ran off.
Just then, Ranganathan emerged through his door. Surprised at seeing the poacher run off, he asked the librarians what they had been talking about.
The librarians each repeated what they had told the others. When librarian S finally recounted the banana smell, Ranganathan became alarmed. The poacher had run in the direction of a grove of banana trees. Before he could do anything, they heard the sound of a powerful shotgun in the distance, and then the final roar of a dying elephant. 
With tears in his eyes, Ranganathan thanked the 5 librarians for their trouble, and sent them home. Though Ranganathan's manuscript on privacy has been lost to time, it is said that Ranganathan's 1st law of library privacy went something like this:

"Library Spies Don't Need Eyes".

Open Library Data Additions: Amazon Crawl: part cj

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Part cj of Amazon crawl..

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District Dispatch: Marijke Visser honored with 2015 ALA Staff Achievement Award

planet code4lib - Sat, 2015-05-02 00:06

Marijke Visser with ALA Washington Office Executive Director Emily Sheketoff

The American Library Association (ALA) recently recognized a Washington Office staffer for her successful leadership advocating on behalf of libraries across the country in connection with the FCC’s E-rate proceeding. ALA last week awarded Marijke Visser, associate director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), the 2015 Staff Achievement Award for her work to push for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make substantial improvements to the E-rate program. Marijke has worked for the ALA for the past six years.

Visser led efforts to advocate on behalf of the public and school libraries that depend on high-capacity broadband to serve their patrons. And her hard work has paid off: In December 2014, the FCC announced that it will add an additional $1.5 billion to the yearly program for libraries and schools. Throughout the multi-year advocacy process, Marijke helped to strengthen ALA relationships with FCC leaders, as evident by the video message FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, as well as FCC Special Counsel Gigi Sohn’s speaking engagement at the same conference. In May 2014, Chairman Wheeler hosted a meeting at the FCC of ALA member-leaders that included ALA President-elect Courtney Young, Public Library Association (PLA) Immediate Past President Carolyn Anthony, Public Library Association Board Member Felton Thomas, and Public Library Association staff member Mary Hirsh.

ALA staff members lauded Marijke’s contributions to the library community during ALA’s recent annual Staff Achievement Day:

“2014 was an extraordinary year for Marijke Visser and her contributions to the library community,” said Alan Inouye, OITP Director. “Indeed, it isn’t often that any one person has a material influence on a billion-dollar program increase. In this rare case, the results matched the dramatic and exceptional effort invested by Marijke far beyond the usual work week, and her engagement built stronger relationships inside and outside the ALA to position us for future success. Despite this emphasis on policy advocacy on the E-rate program, she also made advances in her youth and technology work and built some bridges to other ALA units.”

“As the program director for the ALA telecommunications policy portfolio, I work the most closely and the most often with Marijke,” said Larra Clark, deputy director of OITP. “Not only has she delivered remarkable results to the benefit of the ALA’s visibility and standing on the national policy stage, but she has done it with remarkable grace, humor, inclusiveness, and perseverance including over late nights, weekends and family vacation.”

“PLA was one of several partner organizations working with Marijke and OITP staff on E-rate,” said Carolyn Anthony, PLA Immediate Past President and director of the Skokie Public Library in Illinois. “The communication between our organizations, librarians, and the FCC, through its formal ‘comment period process’ is complex and vitally important. Marijke, with her deep knowledge of the process and the FCC, was there every step of the way. Through her excellent relationships with FCC staff, she navigated us through very challenging waters, always with confidence, competence and grace.”

Finally, here’s praise from Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, who is the deputy New Jersey State Librarian for Lifelong Learning, president of the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies and chair of the ALA E-rate Task Force:

“Marijke began her work by contacting various library constituencies and requesting their input on the changes. She continued her work by bringing those constituencies to consensus so as to present a united library position to the Commission. Finally, she kept the e-rate task force, state e-rate coordinators and the library field in general informed of ALA’s positions and the reasons behind them every step of the way by email, conference calls and articles. The resulting actions taken by the FCC were favorable to libraries in no small way due to her advocacy.”

Hearty congratulations to Marijke on her achievements and recognition.

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Andromeda Yelton: My #IMLSFocus remarks

planet code4lib - Fri, 2015-05-01 19:11

I had the honor of being on an IMLS Focus panel this Thursday in Washington, DC. The theme of the day was needs of a national digital platform, one of the core IMLS funding priorities; my panel (chaired by the inimitable John Palfrey, and also featuring Bethany Nowviskie, Kim Schroeder, and Margo Padilla) was on professional development.

I had an outline about the nuts and bolts of ongoing coding skills training for librarians, based on my experience teaching workshops and what I learned interviewing librarians who code for my latest Library Technology Report. And then I found I couldn’t deliver it because, well, I had to say this instead.

There’s more I was trying to say, but I couldn’t quite find the words. Maybe you can help.

I was going to talk about why ongoing tech training is hard, the nuts and bolts of pedagogy, and what you can do to help. Maybe I still will in Q&A. But right now, 40 miles north of us, Baltimore is burning. Or it isn’t: it is ten thousand people protesting peacefully against many years of secret violence, violence kept secret by habitual gag orders, with national media drawn like moths to the mere handful of flames. The stories I hear on Twitter are not the same as the stories on CNN. And we, as cultural heritage institutions, are about our communities and their stories, and about which stories are told, which are made canon, and how and why.

So I want to talk about how technology training and digital platforms can either support, or threaten, our communities and their ability to tell their stories, and to have their stories reflected in the canonical story that we build when we build a national platform. I want to make it explicit what we are doing in this room, today, is about deciding whose stories get told, by whom, and how. Whose are widely recognized as valid, and whose are samizdat, whose get to reach our corridors of power only through protest and fire.

I was reminded this morning of an article co-authored by Myrna Morales, who was researching the Young Lords Party, which is a political organization in her native Puerto Rico, and she couldn’t find any literature about it, and she had a sinking feeling, she thought maybe she should check the header for gangs, and that was where she found information on this.

And I was reminded of a thing I did at a Harvard LibraryCloud
hackathon earlier, intersectional librarycloud, where I looked at the most popular elements circulated at Harvard, using the StackScore and their API, and I looked at whether they also had subject headers that reflected women’s studies or LGBT studies or African American studies, using code and meta data as a way to surface what people learn matters when they’re doing scholarship and learning at one of the most famous institutions on earth. TL;DR, it didn’t really turn out to matter. They’re not reading about stuff like that when they’re reading the things that they mostly read at Harvard.

So, the way that we structure our meta data, the content we seek, the tools we give people for interrogating the platform, whom we empower to use these tools and add this content and teach about these tools and construct them, how many they are, how diverse they are have these profound effects on which stories that we advance and we say matter as cultural heritage institutions, which in turn, shapes the present and the future.

I’ve said before that libraries are about transforming people through access to information and each other, and that’s true, but today I’m thinking more about what we can do to let more people transform libraries, and how libraries and our content and APIs and platforms can be tools for more people to transform each other. How the metadata that courses through digital platforms is the frame we have to tell, and interpret, stories, and how therefore as metadata creators we must be consciously inclusive. And how, when we train librarians to use and create national digital platforms, we can train them to use those skills in a contextually aware way, to not just understand technology but to interrogate it from a critical perspective. To see how technology interacts with our communities and their stories and where those gaps are, and how they can be part of bridging them. Because here we are, comfortable and safe and supplied with coffee, mostly white, talking about how millions of dollars should be spent, and Baltimore is convulsed by its history, and by the blind eyes so many of us have turned to it.

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