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ISLE: Islandora Installation Simplified – A Learn@DLF Workshop

The following post was written by the leaders of the ISLE: Islandora Installation Simplified session  at Learn@DLF: a day of workshops proceeding the 2018 DLF Forum. Email us at forum@diglib.org to add it to your existing registration! David Keiser-Clark: Academic Application Developer, Williams College Francesca Livermore: Digital Projects Librarian: Wesleyan University Derek Merleaux: Senior Project Manager, Born-Digital Diego Pino Navarro: Software Developer, METRO.org Benjamin Rosner: Senior Instructional Applications Developer, Barnard College ISLE is a consortially-funded, next-generation docker-based infrastructure platform for Islandora. The magic and beauty of ISLE is that you are able to easily keep your Islandora system up to date with quarterly (or so) ISLE updates; each maintenance update is comprehensive and requires less than an hour to patch. Come to this workshop and explore ISLE with a bunch of friendly wizards to help you along the way!   The workshop will introduce ISLE for Islandora, a digital collection repository platform, and use it to spin up a full Islandora 7.x stack. Participants with a wide variety of skill sets will be welcomed and supported in hands-on work with ISLE. Anyone who works with installation or maintenance of Islandora, people from small institutions with Islandora repositories, and folks considering migrating to Islandora are especially encouraged to attend. Participants need not have development skills to attend, but do need attention to detail and a willingness to follow instructions for working with the command line. A laptop is required.   Islandora is a powerful digital repository toolkit comprised of more than 80 different open-source software libraries. This complex ecosystem makes Islandora difficult and expensive to install, maintain and customize. By utilizing pre-built, disposable Docker containers in conjunction with permanent but separable data stores, ISLE lowers the barrier to entry for new schools while also allowing existing institutions to reallocate maintenance budgets towards development or ingestion. ISLE offers an appealing jump-start for institutions considering migrating from a proprietary digital repository to a Fedora-based open source collections management platform. Visit the Learn@DLF website to learn more about available workshops. Ready to enroll? Email forum@diglib.org to add HuMetricsHSS to your existing Forum registration.

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ISLE: Islandora Installation Simplified – A Learn@DLF Workshop

The following post was written by the leaders of the ISLE: Islandora Installation Simplified session  at Learn@DLF: a day of workshops proceeding the 2018 DLF Forum. Email us at forum@diglib.org to add it to your existing registration! David Keiser-Clark: Academic Application Developer, Williams College Francesca Livermore: Digital Projects Librarian: Wesleyan University Derek Merleaux: Senior Project Manager, Born-Digital Diego Pino Navarro: Software Developer, METRO.org Benjamin Rosner: Senior Instructional Applications Developer, Barnard College ISLE is a consortially-funded, next-generation docker-based infrastructure platform for Islandora. The magic and beauty of ISLE is that you are able to easily keep your Islandora system up to date with quarterly (or so) ISLE updates; each maintenance update is comprehensive and requires less than an hour to patch. Come to this workshop and explore ISLE with a bunch of friendly wizards to help you along the way!   The workshop will introduce ISLE for Islandora, a digital collection repository platform, and use it to spin up a full Islandora 7.x stack. Participants with a wide variety of skill sets will be welcomed and supported in hands-on work with ISLE. Anyone who works with installation or maintenance of Islandora, people from small institutions with Islandora repositories, and folks considering migrating to Islandora are especially encouraged to attend. Participants need not have development skills to attend, but do need attention to detail and a willingness to follow instructions for working with the command line. A laptop is required.   Islandora is a powerful digital repository toolkit comprised of more than 80 different open-source software libraries. This complex ecosystem makes Islandora difficult and expensive to install, maintain and customize. By utilizing pre-built, disposable Docker containers in conjunction with permanent but separable data stores, ISLE lowers the barrier to entry for new schools while also allowing existing institutions to reallocate maintenance budgets towards development or ingestion. ISLE offers an appealing jump-start for institutions considering migrating from a proprietary digital repository to a Fedora-based open source collections management platform. Visit the Learn@DLF website to learn more about available workshops. Ready to enroll? Email forum@diglib.org to add HuMetricsHSS to your existing Forum registration.

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Human scale web collecting for individuals and institutions: A Learn@DLF Workshop

The following post was contributed by Anna Perricci, who will lead the Human scale web collecting for individuals and institutions (Webrecorder workshop) at Learn@DLF: a day of workshops preceeding the 2018 DLF Forum. Email us at forum@diglib.org to add it to your existing registration! Anna (@AnnaPerricci) is Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships, Webrecorder at Rhizome.     It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the all the challenges that web archiving bring to those of us based in libraries, archives and museums. Web archiving ‘at scale’ is usually equated to collecting with automated software (a web crawler) but an assumption that more information is equated to more value is not always right, especially with web archives. A massive scope or scale isn’t required to make meaningful, useful web archives. Collecting at a ‘human scale’ can be as good or better for forming certain collections. In this workshop we’ll take some time to cover fundamental concepts in web archiving, including defining terms, exploring main components of web archiving workflows, discussing how one can scope a web collection and how to share what’s collected. After the groundwork is laid we can dig in and begin creating collections with Webrecorder.io. Webrecorder (webrecorder.io) is a free, easy to use, browser based web archiving tool set provided by Rhizome. Rhizome, an affiliate of the New Museum in New York City, champions born-digital art and culture through commissions, exhibitions, digital preservation, and software development. Webrecorder’s development has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. With Webrecorder you can make high fidelity interactive captures of web content as you browse web pages. A “high fidelity capture” means that from a user’s perspective there is a complete or high level of similarity between the original web pages and the archived copies, including the retention of important characteristics and functionality such as: video or audio that requires a user to press ‘play’, or resources that require entry of login credentials for access (e.g. social media accounts). Webrecorder can capture most types of media files, JavaScript and user-triggered actions, which are things that most crawlers struggle with or are unable to obtain. Workshop attendees will be given an overview of Webrecorder’s features, then engage in hands-on activities and discussions. Further instruction will alternate with opportunities for participants to use the tools introduced and share their thoughts or questions. Instructions on how to manage the collected materials, download them (as a WARC file), and open a local copy offline using Webrecorder Player will also be covered in this workshop.   Human scale web collecting with Webrecorder is not expected to meet all the requirements of a large web archiving program but can satisfy many needs of researchers or smaller web collecting initiatives. Webrecorder can be a great tool for personal digital archiving projects as well. Larger web archiving programs can benefit from using Webrecorder to capture dynamic content and user-triggered behaviors on websites. The WARC files created with Webrecorder can be downloaded and ingested to join WARCs that have been created using crawler-based systems. With a tool like Webrecorder anyone can get started with web archiving quickly at no cost, which is empowering both to information professionals and their stakeholders. I hope you will be able to join us for this workshop on October 14th at Learn@DLF! Visit the Learn@DLF website to learn more about available workshops. Ready to enroll? Email forum@diglib.org to add HuMetricsHSS to your existing Forum registration.

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HuMetricsHSS and the Value of Values: A Learn@DLF Workshop

The following post was written by Nicky Agate and Jason Rhody; two of the leaders of the HuMetricsHSS and the Value of Values session  at Learn@DLF: a day of workshops proceeding the 2018 DLF Forum. Email us at forum@diglib.org to add it to your existing registration!   Nicky Agate is Assistant Director of Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects at Columbia University        Jason Rhody is currently Director of the Digital Culture program, Social Data Initiative, and co-director of the Media & Democracy program at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC)        What if all the decisions and activities that go into our (often invisible) professional practice were made explicit, evaluated, and rewarded? When we catalog, or put on an exhibit, design a libguide, or collaborate with others on a digital project, how do we articulate goals to better measure our professional success? At our Learn@DLF workshop, the HuMetricsHSS team will work with participants to tease out the practices and decisions that go into information work, and how they are motivated by personal and professional values. Our first goal in this workshop is to start thinking together about the implicit or explicit values that underpin our professional activities, align those values with professional goals and activities, and begin to link them to professional and personal evaluation.     In the Value of Values workshop, HuMetricsHSS team members will guide you through a set of exercises designed to help you (and your colleagues) articulate the values that inform your professional life. You will work alongside other workshop participants to argue for, negotiate, and perhaps reformulate these values, with the goal of emerging in a space of productive compromise that allows for difference and mutual respect.   Consensus and compromise can be hard, but they are the basis of any shared understanding in an institutional setting. Being able to debate and articulate our own values, and listen to others express theirs, opens up space to think together about a framework for assessment and evaluation based on negotiated values, rather than on arbitrary, quantitative indicators of “excellence.” If you asked yourself what sort of support structure exists to guide, evaluate, and assess professional practices in your institution, would you be able to answer? Is that structure imposed from the top down, separated from mission statements, or dictated by altmetric or administrative algorithms?  Is there an evaluative framework against which you can test the decisions in the teaching, collecting, cataloging, mentoring, assessing, project managing, or publishing that make up your day-to-day work as an information professional? And how does that framework, if it exists, express an enactment of personal or purported institutional values?     Chances are, it doesn’t—but it could. In the Value of Values workshop, we will share a framework for  discussing and negotiating values, with the aim of helping you to establish a departmental or institutional approach to evaluating library work that allows for and incentivizes the performance of those values. Get more information about Learn@DLF on our website. Ready to enroll? Email forum@diglib.org to add HuMetricsHSS to your existing Forum registration.

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DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, & NDSA’s DigiPres 2018 Program now live!

THE PROGRAM IS HERE! We are pleased to share the full program for the 2018 DLF Forum, Learn@DLF (our brand new pre-conference workshop day), & Digital Preservation 2018: In/visible Work—on our Forum website.   Registration is now open for Learn@DLF Check out the amazing program for Learn@DLF here. If you would like to register for Learn@DLF, but have already registered for the Forum and/or Digital Preservation 2018, please contact us at forum@diglib.org!  Registration remains open for the DLF Forum and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018, but hurry, tickets for the DLF Forum are going quickly! (Presenting at the Forum? You’re in! Please register now, since we’re holding spots for you!) Additionally, we encourage you to make hotel arrangements soon. Looking to save on lodging or transportation costs for the Forum? Check out our Ride Share/Room Share page!   We have many more exciting affiliated events to share with you!  Sunday, October 14 – co-located with Learn@DLF The Library Publishing Coalition and the Educopia Institute are hosting a pair of in-person workshops based on the IMLS-funded Developing a Curriculum to Advance Library-Based Publishing project. Learn more and apply here. Civic Switchboard, an IMLS-supported effort that aims to develop the capacity of academic and public libraries in civic data ecosystems, is accepting applications for their second workshop through July 11!   Thursday-Friday, October 17-18 – co-located with Digital Preservation 2018 Share your subject, functional, or data expertise and help extend library curation capacity! Join the Data Curation Network for the first of three Specialized Data Curation Workshops and apply now!   P.S. Interested in sponsorship or exhibiting at the DLF Forum or NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018? Opportunities here.   Want to support our Child Care Fund? Learn more here, and thanks to those who have already donated, including ACH!   Many thanks to our earliest 2018 Forum & DigiPres Sponsors: DPN, Atiz, Code Ocean, i2s, Preservica, Quartex powered by Adam Matthew Digital, AVP, Library Juice Academy, and Legal Information Preservation Alliance!

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Registration for the 2018 DLF Forum and DigiPres is NOW OPEN!

The time has come! We are delighted to announce the opening of registration for the 2018 Forum and Digital Preservation 2018, taking place October 15-18 just outside of Las Vegas. Be among the first to secure the early bird rate and start planning for yet another memorable event. You’ll join guests like Anasuya Sengupta, our Forum keynote speaker, who will present her talk, “Decolonizing Knowledge, Decolonizing the Internet: an agenda for collective action.” Stay for DigiPres and hear Snowden Becker deliver her keynote, “To See Ourselves as Others See Us: On Archives, Visibility, and Value.” Our full program will be released in the coming weeks, but to get a taste of what will be on the docket, check out our community voting on the proposals that were submitted – and while you’re there, help form the program by submitting a vote or two! Program planning committees for each event will use the community’s input, in combination with results from a concurrent peer review process, to inform its decisions about the conference programs. Registration is not yet open for Learn@DLF, which takes place on the pre-conference day, October 14! Let us know on the registration form if you’d like more information, and we’ll be sure to email you when it is possible to register. It’s never too early. Register now to join us!

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Community Voting for the DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and Digital Preservation 2018

The proposals are in for the DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018! Now it’s time to shape the program. From May 9 – May 21, proposals will be open for public voting through the DLF community voting app: voting.diglib.org. During this period, community members will be able to review titles and the short versions of abstracts, and cast votes based on their interest in seeing certain presentations as part of both the DLF Forum and NDSA’s DigiPres18. After voting closes, the program planning committees for each event will use the community’s input, in combination with results from a concurrent peer review process, to inform its decisions about the conference programs People who submitted complete proposals will be notified of status in the summer. Presenters will be guaranteed a registration place at the Forum. Voting Process Anyone is welcome to vote. You will need to a create an account on voting.diglib.org. You can cast votes for as many presentations as you’d like, but only one vote per presentation. For each presentation, the proposal type is listed to the right of the “Cast Vote” button. The title and abstract will be available for each proposal. You can toggle between the three events using the top menu in blue. Voting closes at 11:59 pm PT on Monday, May 21. The planning committees for the three events will consider community voting results  among other factors, including the peer review results, when making final decisions on the 2018 programs. Thank you for helping to inform our selection process!

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Announcing Keynote Speakers for DLF Forum and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018!

We’re so excited to announce the keynote speakers for this year’s DLF Forum and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018!
2018 DLF Forum Keynoter: Anasuya Sengupta

Anasuya Sengupta will open the DLF Forum with a talk entitled “Decolonizing Knowledge, De…

Announcing Keynote Speakers for DLF Forum and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018!

We’re so excited to announce the keynote speakers for this year’s DLF Forum and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018!
2018 DLF Forum Keynoter: Anasuya Sengupta

Anasuya Sengupta will open the DLF Forum with a talk entitled “Decolonizing Knowledge, De…

DLF Forum, Learn@DLF, and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2018 CFPs are here!

CFP season is upon us!
Have a great idea for a session to share in Las Vegas? You’re in luck! We just have issued Calls for Proposals for our three conferences happening this October:

our brand-new Learn@DLF pre-conference (#learnatdlf, October 14)…

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