Tanis Franco, UTSC Library's Archivist presented last week at the annual TRY conference on our recent repository tuneup. One of our main goals was to do an updated assessment of our repository metadata and come up with next steps to re-organize and clean up our data. Here's the poster from the conference:
We are proud to announce the 7.x-1.10 release of the Islandora Oral History Solution Pack. This module supports the association of transcripts in XML and/or WebVTT format with Audio and Video files, and the display of time coded text information in a viewer, where cues are highlighted as the media plays.
This module has been tested against the 7.x-1.10 version of Islandora and should work with this release, and with the Bartik and Bootstrap Business themes in both Chrome and Firefox.Changes and Known Issues:
The following small issues have appeared from time to time in our testing. Each item in the list below is linked to the relevant Github issue. We welcome reports from others experiencing these issues.The side-by-side transcript and viewer display option has been deprecated and this feature has been removed from this release. Under certain circumstances, there is some latency before audio starts playing when clicking the previous or next buttons. Removed the islandora_oralhistories_media_uploaded_type variable (which in some cases was causing issues when regenerating derivative datastreams, as reported in issue 119. Resources: Github wiki (Documentation Pages) Tests performed against this module Github issues completed for this release Burndown Chart
Special Thanks: Will Panting, discoverygarden Marcus Barnes, UTSC Natkeeran Ledchumykanthan, UTSC Kirsta Stapelfeldt, UTSC Irfan Rahman, UTSC Kim Pham, UTSC
We are proud to announce the latest release of the Islandora Web Annotation Utility Module. This module supports Web Annotation on Islandora Oral Histories, Simple Images, Large Images, Video, and Audio files
This module has been tested against the 7.x-1.10 version of Islandora and should work with this release, and with the Bartik and Bootstrap Business themes in both Chrome and Firefox.New and Improved Functionality:
-Addition of some rich-text support for basic and large annotations
-Improved integration with search for video and audio annotations
-Ability to delete annotations and annotation containers through the Drupal administration interfaceKnown Issues:
The following small issues have appeared from time to time in our testing. Each item in the list below is linked to the Github issue. We welcome reports from others experiencing these issues.
- In rare cases, where an annotation blocks the upper-left corner of the image, the zooming buttons become unresponsive (requiring the user to drag the annotated portion of the image away from the navigation buttons)Resources:
The University of Toronto Scarborough Library's Digital Scholarship Unit is hosting a Lunch and Learn event on February 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm online and from 12:00-3:00pm in-person at the University of Toronto Scarborough Library. Anyone who is interested in attending the event is welcome to sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/4vfqyCFnaDrGEGWr2.
The event is going to introduce participants and provide the latest updates on the next generation of Islandora called Islandora CLAW. Islandora CLAW uses the latest repository technologies and is a total re-architecting of the interaction between the various pieces, acting as middleware for not only Drupal 8.x and Fedora 4, but also Solr, Blazegraph, and any microservices added to the stack.
The DSU will also be giving a presentation about the Dragomans Renaissance Research Project, an experimental digital humanities project that curates over a decade of research for Professor Natalie Rothman. The platform is built the principles of a Linked Data Platform (https://www.w3.org/TR/ldp/) and models the data using the Resource Description Framework (https://www.w3.org/standards/techs/rdf#w3c_all). This framework allows for robust querying and search and allows for the expression of complex relationships between different data points.
We are hoping that this event will spark discussion about the future of digital repositories and to ask questions and provide their thoughts about Islandora CLAW. We also hope that participants will learn more about the work done in the DSU within this new infrastructure. We also hope through our discussion to find out how others are engaging in the Islandora community, how they want to participate in the future, what repository technologies they currently support or want to support.
Date: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Time: 12-3pm EST
Schedule (subject to change):
12:00-1:00pm Lunch (Meals will be provided for in-person attendees)
1:00pm - 2:00pm Introduction to CLAW (Daniel Lamb, Technical Lead, Islandora Foundation)
2:00-2:30pm The Dragomans Renaissance Research Project (Kim Pham, UTSC Library)
Remote participation is available from 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
1. University of Toronto Scarborough Library Makerspace, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON M1C 1A4
2. Remote participation:
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://duraspace.zoom.us/j/480608518
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It's the new year which means we're getting our systems ready for the new semester! This semester, we will be working with Professor Anne Milne again in ENGD43 to support the annotation of William Hogarth's series of six pictures, Marriage a la Mode. Annotations are done using Islandora Web Annotations, a utility module developed by the DSU that lets you add text and other media to images, video, and audio content.
The DSU is very proud to announce that our developer Nat has been made a committer for the Islandora CLAW project. Here is the original announcement:
The Islandora CLAW committers have asked Natkeeran Ledchumykanthan to become a committer and we are pleased to announce that he has accepted!
Nat has worked with the project for a while now and has contributed both code and documentation to Islandora CLAW. He’s been very active in our development workflow, reviewing and testing pull requests and filing issues for bugs he encounters.
Thank you Nat for all the time you’ve put into this project. We are all looking forward to working with you as a committer and feel that you are a valuable addition to our team.
Taken from the Islandora Google Group, https://groups.google.com/d/msg/islandora-dev/w_fsNREvnAc/rAP8k7zMAAAJ
Further details of the rights and responsibilities of being a Islandora committer can be found here: https://github.com/Islandora/islandora/wiki/Islandora-Committers
As part of the library's commitment to this year's JHI-UTSC Digital Scholarhip Fellow (Andrea Charise) Angela Hamilton and Kirsta Stapelfeldt produced a set of guiding questions, now generalized as Questions to guide Project Development in Digital Scholarship. Hopefully this may be of use to others new to Digital Humanities work!
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.