In January, we'd like to have a conversation -- within the context of the Calisphere/Shared DAMS user group -- to discuss workflows and processes you're currently utilizing to create service/access files, and considerations related to web accessibility.
Work started to update Calisphere's harvesting infrastructure
We are starting work on a new activity, on our development roadmap. Our current harvesting infrastructure is based on DPLA's early ingest1 codebase. We will evaluate newer systems in order to identify those that can better meet our identified requirements as documented in 2016. Following the selection of a system, we will develop an implementation plan to update our current infrastructure.
Initial exploration to harvest web archives on Calisphere
We received an additional year of LSTA funding (2019-20) to proactively identify and harvest additional collections, with an emphasis on public library content. In this next phase, we will be reprising a version of the "Better Sharing Through Metadata" workshop in a free, online format (https://confluence.ucop.edu/display/ShareableMetadata/).
We are also going to explore harvesting web archives, as a new potential format in Calisphere. We would like to evaluate methods for harvesting web archive collections, and assess changes needed in our harvesting code and the Calisphere user interface to support the display of web archives. This will result in established requirements and a pilot implementation plan to harvest and provide access to an initial set of web archive collections.
These new activities are also reflected on our roadmap.
Piloting "office hour" and "drop-in orientations" for contributors (And a new OAC/Calisphere Community Calendar!)
The drop-ins are intended for new staff, new contributors, and prospective contributors, who would like to get a high-level introduction to OAC and Calisphere services. The office hours will be thematically oriented towards a particular process (e.g., submitting EAD files to OAC, using Google Analytics, etc.) -- with ample time to ask questions about the process or other issues. The webinars will be thematically-focused on particular initiatives or projects we are working on.
Next steps toward a national archival finding aid network
We are in-process of convening additional follow-up conversations with other aggregators, to formalize and initiate work on the next steps outlined in the action plan. We would like to play a strong role in convening and moving forward the activities -- we really see directing resources that we'd otherwise put into OAC, into this national-level vision. The OAC will continue to be in maintenance mode, which means that we won't be embarking on any major redesign or refactoring of the system. (That doesn't preclude some work that we may need to do on the back-end, so the system remains functional).