Breaking Up With CONTENTdm

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ALA 2013 Presentation, co-authored/co-presented by Tyler Mobley.
Typo in OpenWMS slide. Should say "Maps from MODS, MARC, in-house text". Will correct when I get a chance.

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Breaking Up With CONTENTdm

  1. 1. Breaking Up With CONTENTdm at the College of Charleston Heather Gilbert Digital Scholarship Librarian, College of Charleston Tyler Mobley, Digital Services Librarian, College of Charleston
  2. 2. LOWCOUNTRY DIGITAL LIBRARY
  3. 3. WHAT WE HAD
  4. 4. WHAT WE LOOKED AT
  5. 5. WHAT WE BUILT
  6. 6. WEBSITE Wordpress, Concrete5 or Drupal?  Drupal – strong track record, active user base Modules and Core Functions  Taxonomy – media types and partner Institutions  ThemeKey – partner branding based on taxonomies Highly Customizable  Custom Content Types– collections, lesson plans, more  Custom Search Queries – link to discovery layer results
  7. 7. INGESTION  Hardest piece to find  Had to maintain batch tab-delimited text file ingestion  Needed GUI OpenWMS by Rutgers  Web-based, import/export metadata into/out of Fedora  Beta mapped to MARC, MODS, in-house text – no DC  Required DC to MODS conversion (not a bad thing)  Bugs and Loopholes fixed in stable release
  8. 8. DISCOVERY LAYER  Wanted to keep separate from Drupal  Needed multiple views for different media types Blacklight with Hydra  Gems ready to handle indexing from Fedora to Solr  Facets, views, and display all customizable  Required rethinking ‘compound’ objects  Steepest learning curve (for Tyler, anyway)
  9. 9. REPOSITORY  Relatively easy to install/configure  Good documentation and APIs  Some limitations for media handling  It’s repository software, not a digital library
  10. 10. LESSONS LEARNED  Freedom isn’t free  Open source means you’re in charge  No, seriously, it’s just you (sometimes)  Control is a blessing and a curse  Use the tools you have, even if you are leaving them behind  Figure out your timeline, then double it  There is a difference between brave & foolish, be very brave and a little foolish.
  11. 11. HOME PAGE: OLD VS NEW
  12. 12. INSTITUTION HOME PAGE OLD VS NEW
  13. 13. BROWSE COLLECTIONS OLD VS NEW
  14. 14. “CHARLESTON” SEARCH RESULTS OLD VS NEW
  15. 15. THANK YOU Heather Gilbert Digital Scholarship Librarian gilberthj@cofc.edu Tyler Mobley Digital Services Librarian mobleyt@cofc.edu http://lcdl.library.cofc.edu

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