Ben Wallberg

Archelon 1.0 Release

We are pleased to announce the 1.0 release of Archelon, the new staff-only administrative interface for content in the UMD Libraries’ Fedora 4 repository. The Fedora 4 repository was released in production last August and Archelon is the first staff interface for content in Fedora 4. The 1.0 release enables library staff in Special Collections […]

R software development for NSF Advances in Biological Informatics grant

We are pleased to announce that as part of our software services program Xianghui Dong has joined Digital Systems and Stewardship in a new contract position of R Software Developer.  This position will provide programming in support of an NSF Advances in Biological Informatics grant entitled Advanced mathematical, statistical, and software tools to unlock the potential […]

Big Ten Academic Alliance: Reciprocal Borrowing

We are pleased to announce that as part of our software services program DSS is building and hosting a Reciprocal Borrowing application on behalf of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA).  BTAA institutions, plus the University of Chicago, provide reciprocal borrowing privileges to current faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and staff at the other member libraries. […]

Introduction to SSDR

I provided the following introduction at the recent Digital Systems and Stewardship (DSS) Town Hall meeting and thought I would redistribute it as a blog post. —————————————- Hello, my name is Ben Wallberg and I manage the Software Systems Development and Research department, or SSDR.  The department has 5 software developers, 1 web developer, and […]

A Brief Introduction to APIs

These are the notes accompanying a presentation to the UMD Libraries Emerging Technologies Discussion Group on April 22, 2014. The Wikipedia definition for API, or Application Programming Interface, is In computer programming, an application programming interface (API) specifies how some software components should interact with each other. This is a very broad definition but does […]

Why Hippo CMS?

In the Spring of 2011, Software Systems Development and Research (SSDR) and the Web Advisory Committee (WAC) were in the process of implementing a new Content Management System (CMS) to run the Libraries’ Website. Babak Hamidzadeh, newly-hired Associate Dean for Digital Systems and Stewardship (DSS), and I discussed the difficulty of supporting our then-diverse technology stack […]

New Public Website for USMAI Library Consortium

Chuck Thomas, executive director of the University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium approached DSS last summer with a request for development of a new public website for USMAI.  The SSDR and CLAS teams worked together with Chuck this last Fall to implement the new website which is now available at http://usmai.org . […]