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Change is afoot in Software Development and Integration Services

Fri, 2017-11-17 14:55
descriptive imageWe’re experimenting with changing our approach to projects in Software Development and Integration Services (SDIS). There’s been much talk of Agile (see the Agile Manifesto) over the past few years within our department, but we’ve faced challenges implementing this as an approach to our work given our broad portfolio, relatively small team, and large number … Continue reading Change is afoot in Software Development and Integration Services

September scale-up: promoting the DDR and associated services to faculty and students

Fri, 2017-09-15 18:16
descriptive imageIt’s September, and Duke students aren’t the only folks on campus in back-to-school mode. On the contrary, we here at the Duke Digital Repository are gearing up to begin promoting our research data curation services in real earnest. Over the last eight months, our four new research data staff have been busy getting to know … Continue reading September scale-up: promoting the DDR and associated services to faculty and students

The ABCs of Digitizing Section A

Mon, 2017-05-22 15:39
descriptive imageI’m not sure anyone who currently works in the library has any idea when the phrase “Section A” was first coined as a call number for small manuscript collections. Before the library’s renovation, before we barcoded all our books and boxes — back when the Rubenstein was still RBMSCL, and our reading room carpet was … Continue reading The ABCs of Digitizing Section A

The Research Data Team: Hitting the Ground Running

Fri, 2017-05-05 22:22
descriptive imageThere has been a lot of blogging over the last year about the Duke Digital Repository’s development and implementation, about its growth as a platform and a program, and about the creation of new positions to support research data management and curation. My fellow digital content analyst also recently posted about how we four new … Continue reading The Research Data Team: Hitting the Ground Running

Rethinking Repositories at CNI Spring ’17

Fri, 2017-04-07 13:47
descriptive imageOne of the main areas of emphasis for the CNI Spring 2017 meeting was “new strategies and approaches for institutional repositories (IR).” A few of us at UNC and Duke decided to plug into the zeitgeist by proposing a panel to reflect on some of the ways that we have been rethinking – or even just … Continue reading Rethinking Repositories at CNI Spring ’17

Rethinking Repositories at CNI Spring ’17

Fri, 2017-04-07 13:47
descriptive imageOne of the main areas of emphasis for the CNI Spring 2017 meeting was “new strategies and approaches for institutional repositories (IR).” A few of us at UNC and Duke decided to plug into the zeitgeist by proposing a panel to reflect on some of the ways that we have been rethinking – or even just … Continue reading Rethinking Repositories at CNI Spring ’17

Revisiting: What is the Repository?

Fri, 2017-01-27 20:35
descriptive imageHere 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?

Revisiting: What is the Repository?

Fri, 2017-01-27 20:35
descriptive imageHere 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?

A New Home Page for the Duke Digital Repository

Wed, 2017-01-18 15:13
descriptive imageToday 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

A New Home Page for the Duke Digital Repository

Wed, 2017-01-18 15:13
descriptive imageToday 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

Good Stuff on the Horizon: a Duke Digital Repository Teaser…

Mon, 2016-12-05 03:03
descriptive imageFolks, 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…

Good Stuff on the Horizon: a Duke Digital Repository Teaser…

Mon, 2016-12-05 03:03
descriptive imageFolks, 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…

Blacklight Summit 2016

Sun, 2016-11-13 23:30
descriptive imageLast 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

Blacklight Summit 2016

Sun, 2016-11-13 23:30
descriptive imageLast 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

Open Source Software and Repository land

Mon, 2016-10-31 02:50
descriptive imageThe Duke University Libraries software development team just recently returned from a week in Boston, MA at a conference called Hydra Connect.  We ate good seafood, admired beautiful cobblestones, strolled along the Charles River, and learned a ton about what’s going on in the Hydra-sphere. At this point you may be scratching your head, exclaiming- huh?! … Continue reading Open Source Software and Repository land

Open Source Software and Repository land

Mon, 2016-10-31 02:50
descriptive imageThe Duke University Libraries software development team just recently returned from a week in Boston, MA at a conference called Hydra Connect.  We ate good seafood, admired beautiful cobblestones, strolled along the Charles River, and learned a ton about what’s going on in the Hydra-sphere. At this point you may be scratching your head, exclaiming- huh?! … Continue reading Open Source Software and Repository land

Research at Duke and the future of the DDR

Mon, 2016-09-05 22:11
descriptive imageThe Duke Digital Repository (DDR) is a growing service, and the Libraries are growing to support it. As I post this entry, our jobs page shows three new positions comprising five separate openings that will support the DDR. One is a DevOps position which we have re-envisioned from a salary line that opened with a … Continue reading Research at Duke and the future of the DDR

Research at Duke and the future of the DDR

Mon, 2016-09-05 22:11
descriptive imageThe Duke Digital Repository (DDR) is a growing service, and the Libraries are growing to support it. As I post this entry, our jobs page shows three new positions comprising five separate openings that will support the DDR. One is a DevOps position which we have re-envisioned from a salary line that opened with a … Continue reading Research at Duke and the future of the DDR

Developing the Duke Digital Repository is Messy Business

Mon, 2016-08-29 02:42
descriptive imageLet me tell you something people: Coordinating development of the Duke Digital Repository (DDR) is a crazy logistical affair that involves much ado about… well, everything! My last post, What is a Repository?, discussed at a high level, what exactly a digital repository is intended to be and the purpose it plays in the Libraries’ digital … Continue reading Developing the Duke Digital Repository is Messy Business