Last week the Duke University Libraries (DUL) development team released a new version of the Duke Digital Repository (DDR), which is the preservation and access platform for digitized, born digital, and purchased library collections. DDR is developed and maintained by DUL staff and it is built using Samvera, Valkyrie and Blacklight components (read all about … Continue reading Announcing New Features in the Duke Digital Repository
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For the past several weeks I’ve had the great fortune to help contribute to our new archival finding aid interface, based on the Stanford ArcLight project. My coworker Sean Aery, is a contributor to that project as well as being the lead developer for Duke University Libraries’ implementation. The new site is set to launch … Continue reading Fun with sticky scrolling
In 2019, one of the digital collections we made available to the public was a small set of architectural maps and plans titled the ‘Hayti-Elizabeth Street Renewal Area’. The short description of the maps indicates they ‘depict existing and proposed structures and modifications to the Hayti neighborhood in Durham, NC.’ Sounds pretty benign, right? Perhaps … Continue reading Casting a Critical Eye on the Hayti-Elizabeth Street Renewal Area Maps
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For the last two years, developers in Software Services and Duke’s department of Evolutionary Anthropology have been working to rebuild MorphoSource, a repository for 3D research data representing physical objects, primarily biological specimens. MorphoSource 2.0 is being built using Hyrax, an open-source digital repository application widely implemented by libraries to manage digital repositories and collections. … Continue reading MorphoSource: Features in Development
In what now seems like the way distant past, just before the library building closed, Ryan Baumann and I virtually presented on DUL’s work with multispectral imaging at the More than Meets the Eye conference, hosted by the University of Iowa. The three-day conference was a wonderful opportunity to hear examples from around the world … Continue reading Assessment in Enhanced Imaging of Cultural Heritage
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Every other year, the Duke University Libraries survey our patrons to learn more about their opinions about library spaces, services, and materials. Our biennial satisfaction survey for 2020 targeted our student patrons (both undergraduate and graduate) and covered topics from navigation of our buildings to website features to access to electronic materials. Earlier this year, … Continue reading Learning from Our Students
A technology allowing most of us to keep working effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic is called “videotelephony,” which is real-time, simultaneous audio-visual communication between two or more users. Right now, millions of workers and families are using Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, WebEx, Skype and other software to see and hear each other live, using the built-in … Continue reading Videotelephony, Better Late than Never
On January 20, 2020, we kicked off our first development sprint for implementing ArcLight at Duke as our new finding aids / collection guides platform. We thought our project charter was solid: thorough, well-vetted, with a reasonable set of goals. In the plan was a roadmap identifying a July 1, 2020 launch date and a … Continue reading ArcLight Migration: A Status Update After Three Months of Work
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The Coronavirus pandemic has me thinking about labor–as a concept, a social process, a political constituency, and the driving force of our economy–in a way that I haven’t in my lifetime. It’s become alarmingly clear (as if it wasn’t before) that we all need food, supplies, and services to survive past next week, and that … Continue reading Labor in the Time of Coronavirus
Duke University is an early adopter for FOLIO, an open source library services platform that will give us tools to better support the information needs of our students, faculty, and staff. A core team in Library Systems and Integration Support began forming in January 2019 to help Duke move to FOLIO. I joined that team in … Continue reading In a (Temporary) Time of Remote Work, Duke’s FOLIO Implementation Continues
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The feature image is”Triangle University Computation Center IBM System/370 Hardware Configuration,” from Network Management Survey, published in 1974. The Cut Study and DUCC The Fall semester of 1958 saw deep concern among the Duke student body with a pressing issue – cutting class. The Undergraduate Faculty Council Committee had taken up a study of class … Continue reading DUCC, TUCC, and the origins of digital computing in North Carolina
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Located amongst agricultural fields, grazing cattle and goats, the quiet town of Boğazkale watches time pass. It is a small town in the Black Sea region of Turkey, only about 1300 people live here. You are more likely to encounter a tractor than a car and you get the sense that everyone knows everyone … Continue reading Library Crisis: The Late Bronze Age Collapse of 1177 BC and the Coronavirus of 2020 AD
[Header image from the New York Times Coronavirus Map, March 17th, 2020] Just before Duke stopped travel for all faculty and staff last week, I was able to attend what will probably turn out to have been one of the last conferences of the spring in the Research Data Access and Preservation Association’s (RDAP) annual … Continue reading Sharing data and research in a time of global pandemic
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It’s been just over a year since we launched our new catalog in January of 2019. Since then we’ve made improvements to features, performance, and reliability, have developed a long term governance and development strategy, and have plans for future features and enhancements. During the Spring 2019 semester we experienced a number of outages of … Continue reading The New Books & Media Catalog Turns One
There is a particular fondness that I hold for digital photograph collections. If I had to pinpoint when this began, then I would have to say it started while digitizing material on a simple Epson flatbed scanner as an undergraduate student worker in the archives. Witnessing the physical become digital is a wonder that never … Continue reading Beyond One Thousand Words
After nearly a year of work, the libraries recently launched an updated version of the software stack that powers parts the Duke Digital Repository. This work primarily centered around migrating the underlying software in our Samvera implementation — which we use to power the DDR — from ActiveFedora to Valkyrie. Moving to Valkyrie gives us … Continue reading Duke Digital Repository Evolution and a new home page
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Back in August I wrote a Bitstreams post about the various ways by which those of us who work with library metadata could attempt to tackle the issue of problematic descriptions and descriptive standards. One of the methods I mentioned was activism, and I highlighted the documentary ‘Change the Subject!’, which follows the story of … Continue reading Managing Problematic Metadata, Take Two
Header Image: Collection of extinct and extant turtle skull microCT scans in MorphoSource: bit.ly/3DFossilTurtles MorphoSource (www.morphosource.org) is a publicly accessible repository for 3D research data, especially data that represents biological specimens. Developers in Evolutionary Anthropology and the Library’s Software Services department have been working to rebuild the application, improving upon the current site’s technology and … Continue reading Describing 3D Data in MorphoSource 2.0
Happy New Year from all of us at the Digital Production Center! In this pictorial posting, I figured we should start the New Year right with some images and collections that are inspiring, funny, and just stir my heart. It begins with “The Future Calls!” I went down the “future” rabbit hole and stumbled upon … Continue reading Inspirations and Resolutions for 2020
The video digitization system in Duke Libraries’ Digital Production Center utilizes many different pieces of equipment: power distributors, waveform and vectorscope monitors, analog & digital routers, audio splitters & decibel meters, proc-amps, analog (BNC, XLR and RCA) to digital (SDI) converters, CRT & LCD video monitors, and of course an array of analog video playback … Continue reading All About that Time Base