Senior UNIX System Administrator at California Digital Library

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Senior UNIX System Administrator.

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Among other tasks, the senior UNIX system administrator applies advanced systems infrastructure concepts and organizational objectives to resolve highly complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. This person selects methods, techniques and evaluation criteria to obtain results, gives presentations to associated team and other technical units and evaluates new technologies including performing moderate to complex cost/benefit analyses.

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Omeka Classic 2.5 Released

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University has released Omeka Classic 2.5.

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The final day of January 2017 brings with it the release of the long awaited version 2.5 of Omeka Classic. While the release includes a long list of minor changes and bug fixes (see the release notes), there are a number of key improvements that were requested by the user community:

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Metadata Analyst at California Digital Library

The California Digital Library is recruiting a Metadata Analyst.

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The D2D Metadata Analyst will identify, assess, and address metadata management needs in a range of data flows and systems, in part as a member of the team that manages metadata for the HathiTrust, a digital library preservation and access partnership in which the University of California actively participates. Responsibilities include engaging with metadata contributors to analyze submissions, developing metadata transformation use cases, working with team members to determine the system requirements that will address prioritized needs, and translating requirements into metadata handling specifications. Ideal candidates will be service-oriented, rigorous data sleuthers who are driven to solve detailed data problems and who are energized by new and evolving opportunities to mine large datasets and realize useful data interactions across complex systems and workflows.

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W3C: Data on the Web Best Practices

W3C has released Data on the Web Best Practices.

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W3C is delighted to publish its Data on the Web Best Practices as a Recommendation. The document offers 35 Best Practices for sharing data, openly or not, in a way that maximizes the potential of the Web as a data platform rather than simply as a way to send data from A to B. The Best Practices are prescriptive in their intended outcomes but not in how those outcomes are achieved. They cover everything from the basics (provide metadata!) through nuance (provide structural metadata), to topics like licensing, provenance and basic information on providing APIs through to more advanced topics like data archiving, data enrichment and republishing data.

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Digital Art: December’s Drawings and Paintings

In December, I continued to transform public domain photos into ink drawings, oil pastel drawings, pastel drawings, pencil drawings, oil paintings, oil sticks paintings, and watercolor paintings using a variety of Photoshop plug-ins and Topaz Impression. Full-size images (8×10" or 8×12") and descriptions of the processing steps involved are available on Flickr.

Digital Pastel Drawing of a Cart on a Wharf in Naples

Digital Pencil Drawing of Die Alte Nahebrucke

Digital Color Pencil Drawing of a Gondola Near the San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

Digital Oil Pastel Drawing of Eastgate Street in Chester

Digital Oil Sticks Painting of Barbers in Constantinople

Digital Watercolor Painting of a Sailing Ship in Menton Harbor

Digital Pen and Ink Drawing of a Shepherd in Menton

| Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Digital Artist |

Web Developer at Oregon State University

Oregon State University is recruiting a Web Developer.

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The Web Developer leads the maintenance and future development of several websites including the main library site, branch library sites, and the OSU Press site. These sites serve as the "front door" to the Libraries and Press and they ideally echo and extend the welcoming and inclusive atmosphere that we strive for in our physical spaces and interactions.

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"The Devil’s Shoehorn: A Case Study of EAD to ArchivesSpace Migration at a Large University"

Dave Mayo and Kate Bowers have published "The Devil's Shoehorn: A Case Study of EAD to ArchivesSpace Migration at a Large University" in the Code4Lib Journal.

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A band of archivists and IT professionals at Harvard took on a project to convert nearly two million descriptions of archival collection components from marked-up text into the ArchivesSpace archival metadata management system. Starting in the mid-1990s, Harvard was an alpha implementer of EAD, an SGML (later XML) text markup language for electronic inventories, indexes, and finding aids that archivists use to wend their way through the sometimes quirky filing systems that bureaucracies establish for their records or the utter chaos in which some individuals keep their personal archives. These pathfinder documents, designed to cope with messy reality, can themselves be difficult to classify. Portions of them are rigorously structured, while other parts are narrative. Early documents predate the establishment of the standard; many feature idiosyncratic encoding that had been through several machine conversions, while others were freshly encoded and fairly consistent. In this paper, we will cover the practical and technical challenges involved in preparing a large (900MiB) corpus of XML for ingest into an open-source archival information system (ArchivesSpace). This case study will give an overview of the project, discuss problem discovery and problem solving, and address the technical challenges, analysis, solutions, and decisions and provide information on the tools produced and lessons learned.

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Digital Application Development Librarian at University of Miami

The University of Miami is recruiting a Digital Application Development Librarian.

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Reporting to the Head of Web & Application development, this position will develop software and applications in support of digital initiatives and library infrastructure, help establish practices for software development and deployment, investigate and evaluate emerging academic and library technologies, and conduct research according to their interests and the Libraries' needs. The Digital Application Development Librarian is a faculty position and will collaborate with and support faculty and staff across the Libraries, with a focus on projects from the Digital Strategies unit.

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"Bridging Technologies to Efficiently Arrange and Describe Digital Archives: The Bentley Historical Library’s ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration Project"

Max Eckard, Dallas Pillen and Mike Shallcross have published "Bridging Technologies to Efficiently Arrange and Describe Digital Archives: The Bentley Historical Library's ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration Project" in the Code4Lib Journal.

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In recent years, ArchivesSpace and Archivematica have emerged as two of the most exciting open source platforms for working with digital archives. The former manages accessions and collections and provides a framework for entering descriptive, administrative, rights, and other metadata. The latter ingests digital content and prepares information packages for long-term preservation and access. In October 2016, the Bentley Historical Library wrapped up a two-year, $355,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to partner with the University of Michigan Library on the integration of these two systems in an end-to-end workflow that will include the automated deposit of content into a DSpace repository. This article provides context of the project and offers an in-depth exploration of the project’s key development tasks, all of which were provided by Artefactual Systems, the developers of Archivematica (code available at https://github.com/artefactual-labs/appraisal-tab).

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