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'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar’
Lessons from One Week, One Tool

Mia Ridge @mia_out
Institute of Historical Research,...
‘A project is not a project without
an end’
Sharon Leon at OWOT
Launch!
Managing the transition
Sustaining from afar
What counts?
Opening up

Coding
skills

Support
goals

GLAM
APIs

Potential contributors
Support
goals
Have
skills

Have
time
Software libraries used
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Natural Language Toolkit, Apache2 license
Beautiful Soup, MIT Lic...
Content providers
• International Cultural Heritage Aggregators
– Digital Public Library of America – http://dp.la
– 4.5 m...
Some solutions
• Set expectations about technical and
collaborative sustainability
• Use the richest possible communicatio...
Thank you!
• Find out more:
• http://serendipomatic.org/
• https://github.com/chnm/serendipomatic
• Find out more:
• http://serendipomatic.o
rg
• https://github.com/chn
m/serendipomatic
• Thank you!
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool
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'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool

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I'm going to talk about a tool created in one week over the summer, and how we've kept working on it after that week. At a technical level this is about sustaining a piece of software in a changeable technical environment, but more broadly it's about creating and sustaining relationships and trust when we've all gone back to our everyday lives.

Presentation on CHNM's One Week One Tool project, Serendip-o-matic, at 'Sustainable History: Ensuring today's digital history survives', Senate House, London

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'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar' Lessons from One Week, One Tool

  1. 1. 'Sustaining Collaboration from Afar’ Lessons from One Week, One Tool Mia Ridge @mia_out Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London Sustainable History: Ensuring today's digital history survives
  2. 2. ‘A project is not a project without an end’ Sharon Leon at OWOT
  3. 3. Launch!
  4. 4. Managing the transition
  5. 5. Sustaining from afar
  6. 6. What counts?
  7. 7. Opening up Coding skills Support goals GLAM APIs Potential contributors
  8. 8. Support goals Have skills Have time
  9. 9. Software libraries used • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Natural Language Toolkit, Apache2 license Beautiful Soup, MIT License Django, custom license? Isotope, MIT license DBpedia Spotlight, Apache v.2 with other small thing Skeleton.css, MIT license Requests, Apache2 license bibs, GPLv3 license libZotero, no license listed Flickr API, Flickr license PyYAML dicttoxml, GPL v.2 xmltodict, MIT license lxml OAuth simplejson, MIT License
  10. 10. Content providers • International Cultural Heritage Aggregators – Digital Public Library of America – http://dp.la – 4.5 million items from US cultural heritage institutions – Europeana – http://www.europeana.eu – Approximately 15 million items from European collections – Flickr Commons http://www.flickr.com/commons – International collection of publicly held photos – Trove - http://trove.nla.gov.au/ – 370 million “Australian and online” resources
  11. 11. Some solutions • Set expectations about technical and collaborative sustainability • Use the richest possible communication channels; document for transparency • Create bite-sized problems that need solving; support constructive procrastination • Activity begets activity; so do deadlines • Balance sustainability and agility in platforms
  12. 12. Thank you! • Find out more: • http://serendipomatic.org/ • https://github.com/chnm/serendipomatic
  13. 13. • Find out more: • http://serendipomatic.o rg • https://github.com/chn m/serendipomatic • Thank you!

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