“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set.” That was part of the cold open of one of the best science fiction shows of … Continue reading The Outer Limits of Aspect Ratios
A little more than a year ago, I wrote about the proposed update to the 508 accessibility standards. And about three weeks ago, the US Access Board published the final rule that contains updates to the 508 accessibility requirements for Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The rules had not previously been updated since 2001 and … Continue reading 508 Update, Update
If you’ve visited the Duke University Libraries website in the past month, you may have noticed that it looks a bit more polished than it used to. Over the course of the fall 2016 semester, my talented colleague Michael Daul and I co-led a project to develop and implement a new theme for the site. We flipped the switch to … Continue reading A Refreshing New Look for Our Library Website
Here at the Duke University Libraries we recently hosted a series of workshops that were part of a larger Research Symposium on campus. It was an opportunity for various campus agencies to talk about all of the evolving and innovative ways that they are planning for and accommodating research data. A few of my colleagues … Continue reading Revisiting: What is the Repository?
I am sure you have all been following the Library’s exploration into Multispectral Imaging (MSI) here on Bitstreams, Preservation Underground and the News & Observer. Previous posts have detailed our collaboration with R.B. Toth Associates and the Duke Eye Center, the basic process and equipment, and the wide range of departments that could benefit from … Continue reading Multispectral Imaging Through Collaboration
Today is an eventful day for the Duke Digital Repository (DDR). Later today, I and several of my colleagues will present on the DDR at Day 1 of the Duke Research Computing Symposium. We’ll be introducing new staff who’ll focus on managing, curating, and preserving research data, as well as the role that the DDR will … Continue reading A New Home Page for the Duke Digital Repository
At Duke University Libraries (DUL), we are embarking on a new way to propose digitization projects. This isn’t a spur of the moment New Year’s resolution I promise, but has been in the works for months. Our goal in making a change to our proposal process is twofold: first, we want to focus our resources … Continue reading New Digitization Project Proposal Process and Call for Proposals
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A new documentary website: SNCC Digital Gateway: Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future, Make Democracy Work (https://snccdigital.org) debuted on Tuesday, December 13th. It is the product of collaboration between the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project, Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, and Duke Libraries. SNCC, which grew out of the student sit-in … Continue reading SNCC Digital Gateway goes LIVE
Noise is an inescapable part of our sonic environment. As I sit at my quiet library desk writing this, I can hear the undercurrent of the building’s pipes and HVAC systems, the click-clack of the Scribe overhead book scanner, footsteps from the floor above, doors opening and closing in the hallway, and the various rustlings of … Continue reading Cutting Through the Noise
Folks, We have been hard at work architecting a robust Repository program for our Duke University community. And while doing this, we’re in the midst of shoring things up architecturally on the back end. You may be asking yourself: Why all the fuss? What’s the big deal? Well, part of the fuss is that it’s … Continue reading Good Stuff on the Horizon: a Duke Digital Repository Teaser…
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I always appreciate the bird’s-eye view of the work I do gained by attending national conferences, and often come away with novel ideas on how to solve old problems and colleagues to reach out to when I encounter new ones. So I was anticipating as much when I left home for the airport last week to … Continue reading The Politics of Our Labor
Last week I traveled to lovely Princeton, NJ to attend Blacklight Summit. For the second year in a row a smallish group of developers who use or work on Project Blacklight met to talk about our work and learn from each other. Blacklight is an open source project written in Ruby on Rails that serves … Continue reading Blacklight Summit 2016
Looking through Duke Libraries’ AdViews collection of television commercials, I recently came across the following commercial for Beech-Nut chewing tobacco, circa 1970: Obviously this was before tobacco advertising was banned from the television airwaves, which took effect on January 2, 1971, as part of the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act, signed by President Richard Nixon. At … Continue reading The Other Man in Black