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Overview

The UCLDC Implementation Team is pleased to announce our project's third release, nicknamed "Banana Slug." This release is particularly exciting, because it delivers on our first major objective: to install and configured a shared digital asset management system.

Major Features

1. Digital asset management system (DAMS) "open for business"

As of this release, the Nuxeo DAMS is now available for the UC Libraries to use for creating and managing digital objects. The most essential requirements for uploading files, creating and editing metadata, and building and managing digital objects have been met. We have additionally tailored the user interface to support UC Libraries workflows.

We have prepared a user guide to support the use of the DAMS. The guide includes a set of walkthroughs for this release that will help UC Libraries staff familiarize themselves with the DAMS model and get a feel for the interface. We request that libraries ready to move beyond testing and build new digital collections in the DAMS contact us before getting started.

Both the DAMS and the user guide will continue to evolve in subsequent releases as we add new features (most notably, mechanisms for "publishing" objects to the public interface and sending them for preservation in Merritt).

Quick links:

Watch a video about the DAMS:

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2. Twelve more existing collections loaded into the DAMS

One of the objectives of the UCLDC project is to "seed" the DAMS with a selection of existing collections identified in the UCLDC planning phase. We have continued to make progress on this front. As of the date of this release, we have loaded collections from all six campuses that will be using the DAMS: Davis, Irvine, Merced, Riverside, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. A "snapshot" list of the collections in the pipeline is available on the page "DAMS collections in process."

 

3. Public interface user experience design completed

During this release cycle, we made extensive progress on the user experience design for the public interface (the website where all publicly accessible UCLDC collections will be aggregated and exposed to end-users). We created a series of wireframes that lays out what users will be able to do and how they will navigate the site. Some of the more exciting and forward-looking features include:

  • Responsive design, meaning the site will be optimized for desktop, mobile and tablet users
  • Robust institution landing pages for campus libraries to showcase their digital collections
  • Robust collection pages so users can browse and search all of the items in a given collection
  • Filters for key facets (decade, institution, and collection) within search results
  • A "carousel" of related content on every item's page, so users who arrive from external search engines can find more items of interest on the site

We also determined an overall direction that sets us up next to work on the sit's visual design (look and feel). We determined that the new site will take on the name and logo of Calisphere. The Calisphere brand has enjoyed great success and popularity among end users, and will continue to be an apt descriptor for the UCLDC. The new public interface will accordingly eventually replace the current Calisphere website, and all of the current content (both digital objects and curated collections, like JARDA) will continue to be accessible.

Sneak peek of the mobile design:

Other work completed

In addition to the more visible features described above, we made progress in several other areas:

  • Continued to work on the infrastructure for the metadata harvest and Solr API
  • Developed a plan for approaching the harvest of metadata from campus DAMS systems, in consultation with campus representatives
  • Selected a graphic designer for the public interface and completed the UCOP contractor approval process
  • Identified additional existing collections for bulk-loading into the DAMS in the implementation phase
  • Convened with the SAG3 Collaborative Collection Development via Digitization Task Force to identify synergies between the two projects
  • Began syncing the Collection Registry with data from the Online Archive of California so campus users do not have to describe collections twice
  • Conferred with UC Santa Cruz about a project to create a Nuxeo DAMS/Omeka connector
  • Began working with CDL's UC3 team to develop a "button" in Nuxeo that will send objects to be preserved in Merritt
  • Completed initial planning for the long-term sustainability of the full UCLDC service stack after its launch in 2015

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on this release. Please send any comments and questions to ucldc@ucop.edu.