Hi there. I’ve created a new Workbook space to be used for (ir)regular updates to everyday projects in the library. Intended to operate as an (in)consistent record of initiatives from our User Experience Group and our Digital Access and Web Services department, this posting category will offer an (un)stable stream of insight from inside our development groups.
The DLF Forum 2013 was a smashing success. This year’s conference was held in Austin, TX, where more than 350 attendees met to discuss all sorts of digital library things — from nuts-and-bolts projects like structured data markup and hydra implementation to more concept-based sessions involving scholarly communication, digital scholarship, and the very nature of the “digital” library. This year I was happy to present ongoing research developed at the MSU Library with Kenning Arlitsch, Jason Clark, and Patrick O’Brien that explores creating and reusing a web-scale index of digital collections materials.
Here’s a Storify of the conversation that occurred during and after our presentation.
I recently traveled to St. John’s, Newfoundland to the Access 2013 conference, where I presented a new project with Jason Clark. Our research involves a topic dear to librarians: the book. Jason and I are developing a data model for the “book” that allows traditional book content to benefit from a networked environment. We show how book content can be shareable, analyzable, and reusable in new ways when published on the web.
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I recently traveled to Halifax, NS for the Social Media and Society 2013 International Conference, where I presented research developed with Doralyn Rossmann that explores online community building with social media. Naturally I then used Storify to capture the Twitter conversation that occurred during and after our presentation.
Jenny Holzer is a remarkable artist. Among her many works is a collection of Truisms, aphoristic statements that capture all manner of life-things. In their paradoxically pointed ambiguity, these truisms naturally apply themselves across the spectrum of human thought and activity, web development included.
The following is a small set of Jenny Holzer truisms that can serve as a helpful guide not only for life in general, but also for web development in particular:
A little knowledge can go a long way.
A sincere effort is all you can ask.
All things are delicately interconnected.
Opacity is an irresistible challenge.
People are nuts if they think they are important.
Potential counts for nothing until it’s realized.
Rechanneling destructive impulses is a sign of maturity.
You must know where you stop and the world begins.
Read more truisms.
Foursquare has recently teamed with Samsung to produce an interactive visualized presentation of a Foursquare user’s location data through a web app called Time Machine.
The app includes a comprehensive infographic of a user’s check-in history. The graphic above represents all my Foursquare activity from April 3, 2010 to June 24, 2013. This data is location-based and mostly centered around my activity in New York City, though it also includes activity in such far-flung places as South Bend, Denver, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, London, Istanbul, and Damascus. Through all my travels over the past three years, Foursquare has revealed that my favorite food places are bakeries, coffee shops, and bagel shops. I can’t disagree!
Apps like this are just a ton of fun, with this particular app showcasing the possibilities of user-generated social data.