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D-Lib: SimplyE - More People Discovering More From the Library

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 11:13
Article by James English and Leonard Richardson, The New York Public Library

D-Lib: National Digital Platform

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 11:13
Editorial by Laurence Lannom, CNRI

D-Lib: Scaling Up Ensuring the Integrity of the Digital Scholarly Record

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 11:13
Article by Kim Dulin and Adam Ziegler, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Harvard Law Library

D-Lib: A Community of Relations: Mukurtu Hubs and Spokes

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 11:13
Article by Kimberly Christen, Alex Merrill and Michael Wynne, Washington State University

D-Lib: Diversifying the Digital Historical Record: Integrating Community Archives in National Strategies for Access to Digital Cultural Heritage

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 11:13
Article by Michelle Caswell, University of California, Los Angeles; Christopher Harter, Amistad Research Center; Bergis Jules, University of California, Riverside

D-Lib: Transforming Libraries and Archives through Crowdsourcing

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 11:13
Article by Victoria Van Hyning and Chris Lintott, University of Oxford, Zooniverse; Samantha Blickhan and Laura Trouille, The Adler Planetarium, Zooniverse

D-Lib: ePADD: Computational Analysis Software Facilitating Screening, Browsing, and Access for Historically and Culturally Valuable Email Collections

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 11:13
Article by Josh Schneider, Peter Chan, Glynn Edwards; Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford University; Sudheendra Hangal, Ashoka University

D-Lib: On the Record, All the Time: Audiovisual Evidence Management in the 21st Century

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 11:13
Article by Snowden Becker and Jean-Francois Blanchette, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Terry Reese: MarcEdit update

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 04:21

I’ve posted updates to MarcEdit Windows and Linux.  The change log is as follows:

  • Bug Fix: SRU Processing — when setting custom profiles, the custom information wasn’t being saved in the integration query tool
  • Enhancement: Export Delimited Text Translator: If you set a position that isn’t available, the program will print the text [null]
  • New Feature: Introduction of context help. Help searches all commands on a window as well as a local help using the Levenshtein distance searching algorithm to perform more natural language queries. This will be the default help system in MarcEdit 7.


Information about the new help feature can be found here:


DuraSpace News: Georgetown University Library to Host North American DSpace User Meeting

planet code4lib - Mon, 2017-05-15 00:00

From Terry Brady, Applications Programmer Analyst, Georgetown University Library Information Technology

Terry Reese: MarcEdit 7’s new Help System: A first look

planet code4lib - Sat, 2017-05-13 16:34

Over the next few months, as I work on MarcEdit 7, I’ll be periodically slipping some of this functionality in the MarcEdit 6 series to give folks an opportunity to provide feedback.  The new Help system is the first of these kinds of improvements.  I’ll be using the last remaining updates in the version 6 series to get feedback, so by the time MarcEdit 7 is released, this is a mature, and useful process.

So what is changing?  Well, I’m adding a context specific question and answer service.  You’ll see it on the Main window, the MarcEditor, and the MARC Tools windows.  For example:

The highlighted red box is a user interactive help service.  Currently, the service indexes all the menus and actions in the program, as well as leverages a local knowledge base.  As the user types their question, the service sorts through potential answers, and offers them back to the user.  For example, searching for validation, and you see the following results as you type:

If you user selects a function — the program will automatically open that tool.  If the user selects a menu item, the menu item will be displayed as a context menu below the search like:

These menu items will function as if they were selected from the normal menu dropdowns, but they take the user directly to the requested functionality without having to jump through the screens.

Finally, in addition to menus and functions, there is a webservice that connects to my youtube channel, the knowledge base, and hopefully (eventually) the listserv.  This service will additionally provide responses, so users can jump out to web resources or videos showing potentially interesting content.  The idea behind the new system is to provide users with a better method to get to know the program, and to transition from a menu based user interface, to more of a search/discovery based system.  Presently, the current contextual help system has been taught the answers to approximately 500 topics.

Oh, and one last thing — while the tool won’t support this in the initial versions, by MarcEdit 7, the tool will not only index the english function names, but international names as well.  So if the user has applied a language file, the tool will utilize those labels in addition to the english l labels.  The idea being that this will allow non-native speakers an easier option to get help.

This will show up in the next update of the MarcEdit 6 Windows/Linux update.  It will be incomplete, but this work will continue to be revised and refined as I work towards the Fall 2017 MarcEdit 7 release.



Evergreen ILS: Evergreen 3.0 development update #5

planet code4lib - Fri, 2017-05-12 15:08

Photo courtesy Andrea Neiman

Since the previous update, another 16 patches have wended their way into the master branch. However, there are a lot of branches waiting in the wings, so that will be the focus of today’s update.

In particular, at the moment there are a bit over 50 bugs in Launchpad that have a “pullrequest” tag (meaning that somebody has written some patches that they think are already to be tested and merged) but which do not have a “signoff” tag (meaning that somebody else has tested the patches and found that they work for the tester).

While 50 outstanding pull requests is not terrible — a few open source projects have hundreds or even thousands — a few of those pull requests have gone without feedback for months or years.

To help deal with the backlog, I’m calling a feedback fest for next week (15 to 19 May). The goal of the feedback fest is, as the name implies, to give each of the pull requests substantive feedback.  Feedback can take several forms, including

  • rebasing older pull request branches against the current master
  • commenting on the bug and the proposed patches
  • deciding if the bug no longer applies or (as might be the case with some XUL interfaces) can be left alone
  • testing and signing off on the patches
  • writing automated test cases for pull requests that need them
  • writing human test plans
  • writing release notes entries

I’ve asked the core committers who are available to take one several of the pending pull requests apiece, but the feedback fest is something that many people can contribute to. Any coder should feel free to look at the patches; any end user should feel free to advise on whether the proposed solution would need their needs.

Happy festing!

Duck trivia

North American sea ducks are poorly understood as compared to land-based species, and in the 1990s, their numbers were seen to be declining. To address this, the Sea Duck Joint Venture was formed.


Updates on the progress to Evergreen 3.0 will be published every Friday until general release of 3.0.0. If you have material to contribute to the updates, please get them to Galen Charlton by Thursday morning.

DPLA: Meet the fifth class of DPLA Community Reps

planet code4lib - Fri, 2017-05-12 14:40

We are extremely excited to introduce and officially welcome our fifth class of DPLA Community Reps! The Community Reps are a network of volunteers across the country who help connect DPLA with their communities through outreach, both in-person and online. We had an excellent pool of applicants in response to this year’s call for new members of the program, and we are pleased to now add another terrific group of Community Reps to our dedicated team of volunteers from the previous classes.

Members of our fifth class continue to add to the geographic and professional diversity of our Community Reps network. We are excited to welcome particularly strong cohorts of educators eager to share DPLA and the Primary Source Sets with their students and colleagues and genealogists, who will be working to spread the word about the vast resources of DPLA among family historians across the country. Librarians and cultural heritage professionals in our newest class of reps represent university libraries, public libraries, historical societies, and more, with specializations in fields including outreach, digitization strategy, geospatial mapping, and partnership building.

We are grateful to all of our Community Reps, both new and seasoned, for the critical work they do to help introduce new audiences to DPLA and the rich collections of our partners. Get to know the members of the reps network and find a rep in your area using the Meet the Reps page. We look forward to supporting their outreach initiatives and ideas for engaging new audiences over the coming year!

Open Knowledge Foundation: Open Data Day Buenos Aires – building open agenda for Argentina

planet code4lib - Fri, 2017-05-12 11:50

Open data is not familiar with weekends! However, on Saturday, March 4th, 2017, public officials, civil society organisations, civic hackers and many interested citizens came together in Vicente López to share projects and ideas around open data. In this event, the community also began to discuss the present and future of open data in Argentina.

This year we focused the event on the topic of open data in local governments. We did so in different ways: Panels, roundtables, lightning talk and the development of the “Open Data Agenda 2017” of Argentina.

We started in the morning with a panel to think and debate the different ways of advocating for an Open State. We wanted to overcome the notion that open government only serves the executive branch, and that it is relevant to the judicial and legislative branches as well. In this panel, we had Gonzalo Iglesias, the national director of public data and information, Karina Banfi, National deputy for the province of Buenos Aires and Mariano Heller, the secretary of the council of judiciary. The Panel was moderated by  Agustin Frizzera, the director of Democracia en Red.

In mid-morning, we held another panel on how open data can strengthen citizenship. Data can help to inform and to approve the way we make decisions, and in the case of the private sector, it can help to generate economic development.

This panel included Agustina de Luca, Transparency manager in the foundation Directorio Legislativo, and Paula Moreno Frers, who works at content development at  Here Technologies, a company that uses open data to improve their maps. Agustina stressed in the panel the importance of open data to achieve the objective of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The event did not ignore the growth of local open data portal in the past year. In this sense, the third panel had participants from Pilar, Tigre, Cordoba and Villa Maria. The panellists share their best practices in local open government and open data. Likewise, they presented the challenges in opening up internally and externally. On the one hand, it is important to have legitimacy from within the system to have a process to open up data. On the other hand, when being external facing, it is also important to have a stable portal that promotes re-use of data by the society. This includes useful visualisations, good search engines and relevant information.

After lunch, we had round tables to define Argentina’s open agenda for 2017. We discussed subjects such as:

–  The importance of opening data in national and local government

–  What data is important to citizens

 – The development of open source software as a way to promote transparency 

-The possibility to create data journalism from open data

– The linkage between open data and SDG

 -Gender equality

– How to build economic development from data

At the end of the day, we had lightning talks with experts in the field that presented different open data projects. For example – the local open data index in Argentina for 2017, a ranking for the local open data portals in Argentina, the transparency portal of the river Cuardo and the projects datos abiertos melendez and “Aquí estamos, mapa del #8M”.

Open Knowledge Foundation: Open Knowledge Austria host Data Pioneers Create Camp

planet code4lib - Fri, 2017-05-12 11:05

This blog post is part of our on-going Network series featuring updates from chapters across the Open Knowledge Network and was written by the Open Knowledge Austria team. 

On February 2nd we held the first Data Pioneers Create Camp in Vienna. The goal of the Data Pioneers Program, which is run together with Wikimedia Austria as part of the OpenDataPortal, is to support businesses initiating Open Innovation processes.

It was a successful first run of the Create Camp which involved 50 participants with diverse backgrounds from design, communication, programming or entrepreneurship, and resulted in seven projects demonstrating the use of Open Data, and many lessons learned and insights gained. 

Participants of the Data Pioneers Create Camp

Below are the summaries of the seven projects with their corresponding team members: 

  • OpenDataAT Assistant

Austria now has an Open Data Assistant. The chat bot access all Austrian Open Data Portals to search for data by keywords. Currently, it is reachable via Facebook and is developed further by a team made up of Svitlana Vakulenko, Sebastian Neumaier, Timea Turdean, Tomas Knap and Brigitte Lutz. Read more about the OpenDataAT Assistant here [in German]. 

  • Sentinel Wetland Monitoring

Until now it wasn’t possible to continually monitor the wetlands around Vienna – which mostly are under protection – as well to observe the fact that the Lobau (a floodplain) is partly drying out. Andreas Trawöger is using ZAMG Sentinel satellite data, to change this situation. Read more about the Sentinel Wetland Monitoring here [in German].

  • Bodyparts (Johanniter data)

Data from the Johanniter (a first responder organisation) was used by the team made up of Bernd Haberl, Manu Schmidt, Max Limbeck and Susanne Formanek and visualised around factors like age, sex, and others. This helps, for example, to show which body parts are impacted the most during a fall.

  • Alternative mobility options

This idea was formed around the Ubigo datasets (on-demand mobility, carsharing, ridesharing, p2p-carsharing timetables, dynamic ride sharing) aims to strengthen alternative mobility options in rural areas. The team members for this project are Tobias Haider and Maria Angerer was supported by others during the day in further formulating the concept.

Data Pioneers Create Camp participants working on their projects.

  • Windmills as display

The wind turbine data of the Verbund (an energy provider) gave the impulse for this artistic idea. Stefanie Wuschitz developed the art project of using wind power stations as a display for any kind of information. She continues to work on the project together with Clara Landler.

  • netCDF challenge

Julia Diessl, Dominika Heller and Franz Rinnerthaler dedicated themselves to a fundamental problem: climate change. They worked on ZAMG data (Global Radiation Climate Index) which are not available in a common format – which poses challenges for re-use.

  • Bottl for Klamottl (ZAMG data)

This project around ZAMG weather data provided some exhilaration at the evening presentations. The team of Patrick Wolowitz, Kerstin Zimmermann, Alexander Ostleitner and Jasmin Berghammer developed a chat bot-prototype, with which one could (based on Amazon’s Alexa Skills) have enjoyable conversations around fashion consultancy.

Participants of the Data Pioneers Create Camp work on their projects

In February we held a meetup at the Vienna Impact Hub, where the seven project teams pitched their ideas and discussed further developments with the community.

In March and April, we continued the format of monthly Data Drinks, which have an increasing number of newcomers and regulars (around 20-30). For us, this shows that a regular, open and low-barrier format is an important pillar of building up a community and keeping it going.

Check out the Data Pioneers pilot site:



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