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Islandora Camp GTA: Day 1

by Sara Allain

Islandora Camp GTA kicked off with nearly 40 librarians, developers, and archivists gathered at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Fortified by coffee and muffins, we got down to the business of getting to know each other. Campers hailed from throughout Ontario and the East Coast, as well as Oklahoma, Michigan, Ohio, and Florida, and represented a diverse range of use cases and experience levels. The group ran the gamut from people who'd heard the word "Islandora" thrown around but had never touched the platform to folks who've been developing/administering Islandora for years. Leading us through the day's activities were Nick Ruest (York University), Jordan Dukart (discoverygarden), Kirsta Stapelfeldt (UTSC), and David Wilcox (Duraspace).

Converting Spreadsheets into MODSXML using Open Refine

by Sara Allain

Lately we've been trying to come up with a better way to create metadata for batch ingestion into Islandora. We just started preparing the UTSC Photographic Services Collection to go online - our lovely Young Canada Works summer student, Rachel, has been diligently selecting a few hundred candidates for the first phase of digitization - and it makes sense to start creating the metadata as well so that once we have digital surrogates we can bundle it all into Islandora via the batch ingest quickly. Since metadata creation/manipulation takes up a lot of my day, I started thinking about the most effective way to create XML using a workflow that would be optimal for our students, our systems, and me.

Report from OR2014: Our Poster's a Winner!

by Sara Allain

We're really excited that our poster, entitled "Bye Bye, CONTENTdm: a migration to Islandora", was a co-winner for best poster at Open Repositories 2014! Almost 60 posters were presented at the conference on a huge range of subjects. We're incredibly proud to be part of such a diverse and intelligent group of people.

The poster was co-authored by Lingling Jiang, Kim Pham, Kirsta Stapelfeldt, Paulina Rousseau, and myself. Click below to check it out on Slideshare.

WIP - OR 2014 Maps

by Sara Allain

We're away at Open Repositories this week (taking lots of notes, so watch out for our blog posts after we all get back to Canada). Everybody is staying up too late since the days are so long, and I've been working on mapping the tweets of attendees. It's still a work in progress, but you can check out mapping on my personal website

 

A Hacker in Every Department

by Sara Allain

On April 21st, members of the DSU had the pleasure of hearing Claire Potter, Professor of History at The New School, speak about the role of digital humanities and its practitioners in academic departments. There were two areas in particular that resonated with us in the DSU: professional acceptance of digital scholarship and the gap in digital competencies.

Digital humanities reopens classic texts to new forms of scholarship.

iSchool Practicum Placements with the DSU

Consider us for your practicum placement!

We invite students in INF2173 at the University of Toronto's iSchool to take a look at the four practicum placements currently on offer at the Digital Scholarship Unit in the UTSC Library. The four projects encompass data migration, citation management, coyright research, and information literacy, among many other relevant skills. To learn more about working with the DSU for a practicum, check out our previous student Ned Struthers' blog post: Why do a practicum project at the DSU?

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