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Building a Kiosk for the Edge

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 22:15

Edge KioskMany months ago I learned that a new space, The Ruppert Commons for Research, Technology, and Collaboration, was going to be opening at the start of the calendar year. I was tasked with building an informational kiosk that would be seated in the entry area of the space. The schedule was a bit hectic and we ended […]

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Challenges of Embedding

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 15:19

During its first five months, the One Person, One Vote project concentrated on producing content. The forthcoming website (onevotesncc.org) tells the story of how the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee’s (SNCC) commitment to community organized forged a movement for voting rights made up of thousands of local people. When the One Person, One Vote site goes […]

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Indiana Jones and The Greek Manuscripts

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 02:59

emsgk010940010One of my favorite movies as a youngster was Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” It’s non-stop action as the adventurous Indiana Jones criss-crosses the globe in an exciting yet dangerous race against the Nazis for possession of the Ark of the Covenant. According to the Book of Exodus, the Ark is a golden […]

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On Tour with H. Lee Waters: Visualizing a Logbook with TimeMapper

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 20:17

waterstimemapscreenshotThe H. Lee Waters Film Collection we published earlier this month has generated quite a buzz. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a tremendous uptick in visits to Duke Digital Collections and received comments, mail, and phone calls from Waters fans, film buffs, and from residents of the small towns he visited and filmed over […]

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When it Rains, It Pours: A Digital Collections News Round Up

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 23:25

rainspours2015 has been a banner year for Duke Digital Collections, and its only January! We have already published a new collection, broken records and expanded our audience. Truth be told, we have been on quite a roll for the last several months, and with the holidays we haven’t had a chance to share every new […]

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Embeds, Math & Beyond

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 21:46

embed demoThis week, in conjunction with our H. Lee Waters Film Collection unveiling, we rolled out a handy new Embed feature for digital collections items.  The idea is to make it as easy as possible for someone to share their discoveries from our collections, with proper attribution, on other websites or blogs. How To It’s simple, really, and mimics […]

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“See Yourself in the Movies!”: H. Lee Waters Goes Online

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 13:21

  When in the late 1980s Duke Libraries first began collecting H. Lee Waters’ “Movies of Local People,” the only way the films could be seen was through projection or, given the deluxe treatment, played back on a video tape.  Nearly 30 years later the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Duke […]

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Winter Cross-Training in the DPC

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 18:57

IMG_1068The Digital Production Center engages with various departments within the Libraries and across campus to preserve endangered media and create unique digital collections. We work especially closely with The Rubenstein Rare Book, Manuscript, & Special Collections Library, as they hold many of the materials that we digitize and archive on a daily basis. This collaboration […]

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Holiday Notes from the Homeland and Abroad

Sat, 12/20/2014 - 14:35

Wind Song HaldemanThe following is a series of loosely linked stories, loosely based on our digital collections, and loosely related to the holidays, where even the word “loosely” is applied with some looseness.   An American looking forward to baking delicious treats for the holidays in 1942 would have been intimately familiar with War Ration Book One. The […]

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Vagrant Up

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:58

running vagrant upWriting software for the web has come a long way in the past decade. Tools such as Ruby on Rails, Twitter Bootstrap, and jQuery provide standard methods for solving common problems and providing common features of web applications. These tools help developers use more of their time and energy to solve problems unique to the […]

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Digital Transitions Roundtable

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 23:43

budgetcalculatorIn late October of this year, the Digital Production Center (along with many others in the Library) were busy developing budgets for FY 2015. We were asked to think about the needs of the department, where the bottlenecks were and possible new growth areas. We were asked to think big. The idea was to develop […]

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Having it “All” – About Library Search Results

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:52

This fall we changed the default tool that students and faculty use to research library holdings. We have tools that work well for a broad search and tools that are tailored for more specialized research. So, how is this change working out?

We’ve got numbers and we’ve got opinion. First, let’s look at the [...]

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Assembling the Game of Stones

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:43

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Back in October, Molly detailed DigEx’s work on creating an exhibit for the Link Media Wall. We’ve finally finalized our content and hope to have the new exhibit published to the large display in the next week or two. I’d like to detail how this thing is actually put together.

In our [...]

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New Angles & Avenues for Bitstreams

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:33

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This week, we added a display of our most recent Bitstreams blog posts to our Digital Collections homepage (example), and likewise, a view of posts relevant to a given collection on the respective collection’s homepage (example).

Background

Our Digital Projects & Production team has been writing in Bitstreams at least weekly [...]

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