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IslandoraCamp UK - Day One

I'm away from the Digital Scholarship Unit this week in semi-sunny London,  as an instructor for Islandora Camp UK. Here are some of my notes:

Note: Fresh and Maybe Flawed.

 

Camp started this morning in a basement room of the King’s college Strand campus. Altogether, we are 20 folks from Canada, Korea, Germany, Italy, Croatia, and areas of the UK. Our morning roundtable discussion revealed that our professions are as diverse as our countries of origin - there are developers (of course) as well as librarians, archives, administrators, private company service providers, and government staff. But we’re unified by our interests - In no particular order, the leitmotifs of IslandoraCamp UK are shaping up to be:

  • The Institutional Repository
  • Multisites
  • RDF/Linked Data
  • Long-term preservation
  • Archives and Islandora
  • Running at Head & Migration (Systems Sustainability)
  • Internationalization

 

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?

Consuming Zotero Libraries into Drupal with Feeds/Xpath Parser

The Problem

Recently, organizers of the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women approached us because they wanted Drupal to display a Zotero group library populated with references to relevant digital scholarship projects, including the tags that had been associated with them by the conference organizers.

Why do a practicum project at the DSU?

As a grad student I've often found it challenging to find ways to apply the theory I've learned and gain practical experience in my field. This challenge motivated me to complete a practicum project during my final semester in the Master of Information Program at the University of Toronto. While I had a number of projects from which to choose, I decided on the DSU primarily because it allowed me to develop and demonstrate the digital skills that are in demand in my profession.

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