Workshops and Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

Some TCDL workshops and special events will be held in the Perry-Castaneda Library, a short distance from the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. See the map below for directions between the two venues. 

Sunday workshops and events

Karma Pre-Conference Workshop

More information here.

Digital Preservation Birds of a Feather

Date: Sunday, April 26

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Location: Scholz Garten - Organizers will meet attendees in the lobby of the AT&T Conference Center and Hotel and walk to Scholz Garten from there. If you prefer to meet the group at the venue, these are the Google Map directions from the AT&T Conference Center and Hotel: https://goo.gl/maps/byA1f

Free, separate registration for this event is required.

What: Join your library and archives colleagues over dinner for an informal discussion on current developments, challenges and collaborative opportunities in digital preservation (and ramp up for the first full day of TCDL on Monday).

Possible topics include:

  • cloud-based storage for digital collection materials
    • policy implications
    • economies of scale and special collections
  • what are we talking about when we are talking about infrastructure
    • National collaborations
    • State collaborations
    • Regional collaborations
  • reports on current digital repository implementations
  • institutional repository needs v. discipline/special collection repository needs
  • system proliferation v. integration
  • preserving born-digital collection material = preserving software
  • digital preservation upstream - campus collaborations for university born-digital archives
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Tuesday workshops and events

Sharing Your Data with Dataverse (v.4.0) Tutorial

Date: Tuesday, April 28

Time: 1:30-4:30 PM

Location: PCL 4.102

Tutorial Leader: Elizabeth Quigley - Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University

Free, separate registration for this event is required.

The Dataverse Project started in 2006 at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science as an open source software application to share, cite and archive data. From its beginnings, Dataverse has provided a robust infrastructure for data stewards to host and archive data, while offering researchers an easy way to share and get credit for their data. The Dataverse project, started as a repository for social sciences data, has now expanded to benefit a wide range of disciplines and scientific domains (astronomy, life sciences, etc.) leveraging our progress in the social science domain to define and enhance data publishing across all research communities. In particular, as part of the new Dataverse release (v4.0), we have evaluated the features needed in data publishing so data can be properly shared, found, accessed and reused.

This tutorial will primarily focus on demonstrating how users can deposit, organize, share and curate their research data in version 4.0 of Dataverse.

Attendees should bring a laptop to be able to try out Dataverse 4.0 during the tutorial. Wireless internet access will be available.

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Fedora 4 Training Workshop

Date: Tuesday, April 28

Time: 1:30-5:30 PM

Location: AT&T Conference Center, Classroom 107

Instructors: David Wilcox and Andrew Woods - DuraSpace

Free, separate registration for this event is required.

Fedora is a flexible, extensible repository platform for the preservation, management, and dissemination of digital content. Fedora 4, the newly released, revitalized version of Fedora, introduces a host of new features and functionality that both new and existing Fedora users will be interested in learning about and experiencing first-hand. This workshop will provide an introduction to and overview of Fedora 4, with a focus on the latest features. Fedora 4 is a Linked Data Platform server, so we will also discuss the benefits and opportunities of linked data. Finally, attendees will participate in a hands-on session that will give them a chance to install, configure, and explore Fedora 4 by following step-by-step instructions. Attendees should bring laptops; wireless Internet access will be available.

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Archivematica Birds-of-a-Feather Session

Date: Tuesday, April 28

Time: Noon - 1:30 PM

Location: PCL Map Room

Facilitator: Courtney Mumma - Artefactual Systems, Inc.

Free, separate registration for this event is required. You will have the option to purchase, in advance, a boxed lunch for $10 for this event.

This birds-of-a-feather will give attendees an opportunity to talk with other users and potential users of the Archivematica digital preservation system. Several Texas university libraries and archives have been testing and implementing Archivematica, including the first hosted user, UTSA. Archivematica analyst and community manager, Courtney Mumma, will be in attendance to answer questions, demonstrate parts of the system by request, and discuss upcoming development plans.

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Hands-On Metadata Workshop

Date: Tuesday, April 28

Time: 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Location: PCL 1.202

Instructor: Hannah Tarver, University of North Texas

Free, separate registration for this event is required.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to create live metadata records in The Portal to Texas History. During the workshop, participants will open editing accounts and complete records for patents in our Texas Patents Collection (http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/TXPT/) using extensive web-based documentation and instructions. Participants will gain experience creating metadata records according to UNT Libraries' standards and using a metadata editing interface. No prior experience is necessary. Participants will be able to use classroom computers with an Internet connection.

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Wednesday workshops

Islandora for Repository Administrators

Date: WEDNESDAY, April 29

Time: 9:00 AM - Noon

Location: PCL 1.124

Free, separate registration for this event is required.

Islandora is a digital asset management system that provides out-of-the-box repository solutions (Solution Packs) for a wide range of digital collections and research domains. Islandora combines the Drupal CMS and Fedora Commons repository software, together with additional open source applications (including Solr), to deliver a wide range of functionality. The proposed workshop will provide users with information about the Islandora software framework, and allow users to test drive a full Islandora installation using local virtual machines or the online Islandora sandbox.

After the system overview the instructor will lead participants through the basic functions of an Islandora installation, including new features introduced over the past year. The instructors will make themselves available for the 2nd half of the session and throughout the conference for additional advice/information on running Islandora.

This session is intended for all audiences and levels. No prior knowledge of Islandora or repositories is required. If users wish, they can come with digital objects they would like to add (PDF or image collections preferred) and describe in a repository, although sample collections will be provided.

The session will end with a brief description of how the community can participate in the development of the Islandora ecosystem, including code contributions, content models, documentation and more.

Learning Outcomes

  • Users can create a collection in Islandora, upload objects to the collection, and manage the collection using a suite of collection management tools.
  • Users understand basic Islandora technologies, and sources for support and additional documentation.
  • Users understand and have the opportunity to utilize collaborative research features in a repository.
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Islandora for Repository Developers

Date: WEDNESDAY, April 29

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Location: PCL 1.124

Free, separate registration for this event is required.

Islandora is a digital asset management system that provides out-of-the-box repository solutions (Solution Packs) for a wide range of digital collections and research domains. Islandora combines the Drupal CMS and Fedora Commons repository software, together with additional open source applications (including Solr), to deliver a wide range of functionality. The proposed workshop will give participants a chance to explore some of the advanced features of Islandora, including the Solr client and the XML Form Builder.

After a brief system overview, the instructors will lead participants through the basic steps of configuring the Solr module and conducting repository searches. This will be followed by more advanced Solr configuration and usage.. The instructors will make themselves available during the session and throughout the conference for additional advice/information on configuring and using Solr.

The second half of the workshop will focus on creating and editing metadata forms using XML Form Builder. Participants will clone an existing metadata form, and the instructors will guide them through the process of customizing that form to suit various needs.

This session is intended for users who are already familiar with the basic functionality of Islandora, though no prior experience with the Solr client or XML Form Builder is required.

The session will end with a brief description of the resources available to those looking for more information on Solr, XML Form Builder, and other advanced Islandora technologies. Options for community participation in Islandora development, including customizations, code contributions, and documentation, will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Users understand the basic Solr and XML Form Builder technologies as they relate to Islandora, and sources for support and additional documentation.
  • Users can configure a basic Solr installation (using Islandora) and conduct searches of repository content.
  • Users are introduced to some of the ways Solr can be customized to suit the needs of their own collections.
  • Users can clone and edit a metadata form using XML Form Builder.
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