The Digital Scholarship Unit is very supportive of open access movements and open source software. We prioritize publication in Open Access journals such as Code4Lib and use and develop Open Source software on Github .
So, here’s to Open Access Week and all those celebrating and promoting resource sharing as the best way to create and share knowledge. The ideological links between Open Source and Open Access are well served by Open Access Week, which takes place at the same time as Hacktoberfest.
The Digital Scholarship Unit is happy to promote the University of Toronto's campaign for Cyber Security Month. A page with resources for staying safe in the Uof T context is available online. Our colleagues in IITS are always a great source of information for Information Security on the Scarborough Campus. The DSU is always happy to work with you and your subject liaison to create more secure workflows and backup strategies. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about our preservation and security strategies for the special digital collections held at the UTSC Library.
The 16th Tamil Internet Conference was held at UTSC in late August, and two DSU personnel gave presentations on Digital Scholarship Tools and Techniques and Towards Building Ontologies for Linked Open Data in the Tamil Context (presentation in Tamil). Learn more by accessing the slides via these links in Tspace.
We are always excited to see the students return to campus for the start of fall term. This fall, the DSU is involved in several pedagogical intiatives in the classroom. We're proud to support the Nearby Studies initative through Chris Berkowitz by maintaining a custom course website, through which students submit Oral Histories to a growing corpus of material covering the lives of locals as well as write and comment in a cross-disciplinary space. We are also happy to be present in Anne Milne's English courses this fall, through the DSU-hosted Hogarth Project. This project will be adding another set of images for students to annotate. Jayeeta Sharma will also be using materials hosted on her EHRN site in the classroom this fall. We have also heard from others who are using the materials from our Pedagogy Project in the classroom this year. We are grateful to the UTSC Library Liaisons for all of their hard work making these collaborations a success. If you are interested in seeing how DSU infrastructure or materials can help further digital pedagogy in the classroom, contact your Liaison Librarian.
The DSU have been collaborating with the Islandora CLAW team by taking part in the discussions, providing use cases, participating in the sprints and contributing to testing. For the last two weeks, Natkeeran and Marcus have also been taking part in the Islandora CLAW Sprint.
During the spring, Nat developed an ansible role in order to install activemq for the claw-playbook that's used to easily install Islandora CLAW.
About Islandora and Islandora CLAW
Islandora is a Free and Open Source Software that several institutions, companies and individuals collaboratively build. If you are interested in learning more about the platform or contributing to its development, please contact us or the CLAW team.
Islandora CLAW (CLAW Linked Asset WebFramework) is a next generation digital repository platform. It is being designed to work with Drupal 8, Fedora 4, Apache Solr, Blazegraph and other related technologies. It is a full fledged Linked Data application platform.
We are very excited to see the initial release of the Move to Islandora Kit tool (v0.9.0). Our very own developer Marcus Barnes along with Mark Jordan from Simon Fraser University are the current maintainers for this module.
The Move to Islandora Kit is an extensible PHP command-line tool for converting source content and metadata into packages suitable for importing into Islandora (or other digital repository and preservations systems). We find it to be a very powerful, extensible tool with a lot of potential applications and uses for migrations across many different systems.
Cite the code:
The unit is proud to announce that we have an article published in the most recent issue of Code4lib (37). Our Article is titled Annotation-based enrichment of Digital Objects using open-source frameworks and describes the technical details of the Unit's work on the Web Annotation Utility Module in more detail. This software supports several projects for the library, and has benefited from the support and use of UTSC Faculty.
There is now a release of our Oral History Module and Web Annotation Utility Module compliant with the 7.x-1.9 version of Islandora - Take a look, and let us know if you notice any issues.
Oral History ModuleProject page Release page On Github
Web Annotation Utility ModuleProject page Release page On Github
This week we're attending the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, an international conference jointly sponsored by IEEE-CS and ACM. This year, the conference is being held at the University of Toronto. Kim served on the organizing committee as Tutorial Chair to evaluate and select tutorial proposals for the conference. The schedule is packed with a number of interesting sessions with great topics such as web archiving, indexing and enhancing digital collections. Check out the schedule here.
We're back from IslandoraCon in Hamilton, ON and had a great time collaborating with over 100 local and international library and memory institution colleagues. Our presentations on the Oral History Solution Pack and Web Annotation Solution Pack are now in Tspace. Thanks as always to our UTSC Faculty collaborators for providing the use cases for this software. There is a lot to look forward to in Islandora, including a Fedora 4 compliant version that is now in alpha!
If you're looking for Library DSU members next week, most of us are out of the office at IslandoraCon in Hamilton, Ontario from May 15-19th. We'll be hacking at the Hackfest, Presenting on both the Web Annotation Utility Module and Oral History Solution Pack, and generally meeting and greeting the librarians, developers, and systems administrators we work with all the time and rarely get to see face to face.
We’re in full on Islandora testing mode in preparation for the upcoming 7.x - 1.9 release and the release of our Web Annotation Utility Module and our Oral History Solution Pack prior to IslandoraCon.
As part of our testing, we found we needed the ability to have multiple users simultaneously accessing the same VM. Our systems administrator showed us a neat trick for those of you using Islandora VMs for testing and development. So, here it is:Irfan's cool trick for letting others into your VM: With your Virtual Machine off, go to settings/network. There are slots for 4 adapters. By default the drop-down is set to "Nat." Change this to "Bridged Adapter" and start machine. Login to the machine using the interface provided by the VM and find your IP address by running ifconfig -a | grep inet Provide this address to others. The IP + :8000 is Drupal for the VM provided by the Islandora release team (for example, 126.96.36.199:8080) Note the following: You now login (ssh) at vagrant@IPaddress (like firstname.lastname@example.org) Your IP might change, and you may to have to find the address again Your network may change, causing you to have to run sudo /etc/init.d/networking and restart to update the machine's IP address This may have some unintended affects when performing Drupal functions
Overall, YMMV, but this has been very useful to us when testing.