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  • March 28, 2018: Calisphere/DAMS/OAC Update

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ZOOM Recording

TopicIn briefAction items
Calisphere harvesting
  • We've reached a major milestone: there are now over one million items in Calisphere; and California-based content in DPLA now represents one of the largest subsets of that national-level aggegration. The Center for Sacramento History's Photo Collection put us over the marker.
  • Center for Sacramento History is using PastPerfect to manage their digital collections.  Working directly with PastPerfect developers, we’ve made Calisphere one of the first platforms to take advantage of a brand new export feature in PastPerfect – so now other PastPerfect implementers can share collections broadly
  • There are a number of new collections available from across the UC Libraries: UC San Diego (Alfred North Correspondence, Cinewest Archive, several research data colls), UC Merced (UC Cooperative Extension Records, Merced County Historical Society and Courthouse Museum collection), UC Irvine (Filming of Planet of the Apes video!)
  • We have also been working with the Hoover Institution and University of Southern California Digital Library on harvesting their collections

CDL-hosted ArchivesSpace
  • Barbara Hui will be serving as the new technical lead for our CDL-hosted ArchivesSpace service, currently utilized by 4 UC campus libraries and 5 UC department archives
  • Over the next few months, we will be re-establishing a regular maintenance window to run upgrades and apply patches -- and look forward to getting all of instances up to the latest version (currently at 2.3.1)
  • We'll be in touch over the coming weeks with a proposed new maintenance window and additional details

  • The HTTP to HTTPS transition for OAC and other non-Calisphere pages is still in-progress
  • We are looking forward to submitting a proposal for LSTA funding this year, to help launch planning conversations with other regional/statewide finding aid aggregators: is there interest in developing shared infrastructure and services for aggregating finding aids (that would also continue to support the functions that OAC offers)?

CDL's role as a DPLA Service Hub / service network
  • CDL is going to be transitioning from a DPLA Content Hub to DPLA Service Hub this year. Several years back, we launched on behalf of the UC Libraries as a Content Hub. Everything in Calisphere flows through to DPLA
  • Late last year, we proposed to CoUL and UCLAS Direction and Oversight Committee that we transition into a Service Hub, with funding support from DPLA.
  • As a Service Hub, our fundamental role in supporting a UC- and statewide aggregation would not change. But we would additionally convene a voluntary partnership of organizations which have capacity to provide free or low-cost services to libraries, archives, and museums in their regional area – e.g., services such as digitization,. metadata creation, content hosting, preservation, etc. These are services that we don't / can't really offer beyond the UC
  • The intent is to connect the dots between organizations that are already providing these more "upstream" services, to ensure that the collections can also be exposed through statewide and national-level aggregations
  • We identified a handful of organizations that want to voluntarily participate – Los Angeles and San Francisco Public Libraries, UC Merced Library, and USC Digital Library. Others may participate down the line – and we hope more UC campus libraries will eventually want to participate
  • Our goal is to establish a very early framework for this "service network" partnership by May, with public-facing information for LAMs in California to use the services

Calisphere comments feature (Disqus)
  • We are looking for a few more campus libraries to help us test out and evaluate Disqus for comments, following on the work UCR Library did to pilot the feature. (Check out the commenting feature on their Jay Kay Klein collection).
  • The idea would be to add Disqus comments to one or more of your collections – and get your take on what works well, what doesn't, the overhead involved in moderating comments, etc.
Interested? Please let us know!
Non-book mass digitization pilots
  • Recap: CDL Mass Digitization team is coordinating a series of mass-digitization pilot projects. Goal is to develop a digitization model for cost-effective scanning of unique, non-book type materials
  • The first pilot was coordinated with UCR Library, for their Jay Kay Klein collection. ~6,000 items digitized in less than 2 days, with fairly quick turnaround to publication
  • Plan is to conduct a few more pilots before the end of this fiscal year, honing in on collections nominated by campuses. We want to use these pilots to further refine workflows, and also test out other variables to the process to determine where more efficiencies can be gained
  • The team is currently conferring with UCSF and UCSC for the next set of pilot projects. UCSC proposed a set of photo negative collections documenting the Black Panther movement and Lake Berryessa valley. UCSF proposed digitization of a medical illustration collection

Next scheduled call
  • We're on for Wed. April 25th, 1:00-2:00 – looking forward to seeing you then!

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