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Stew of the month: April 2015

Welcome to a new issue of Stew of the Month, a monthly blog from Digital Systems and Stewardship (DSS) at the University of Maryland Libraries. This blog provides news and updates from the DSS Division. We welcome comments, feedback and ideas for improving our products and services. Digitization Activities We have received files for the […]

Fedora 4 Digital Repository Implementation Project

I would like to take this opportunity to formally announce the launch of the Fedora 4 Digital Repository project, which aims to implement a new system to replace our existing 7-year-old Fedora 2.2.2-based Digital Collections.  Fedora has come a long way in the last several years and we are very excited about the possibilities offered […]

Knight News Challenge: Libraries. Our application…

The Knight Foundation recently issued a news challenge: How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities? Here at the University of Maryland Libraries, we felt that we had an idea. Improving Discovery in Digital Newspapers through Crowdsourcing the Development of Semantic Models “We will develop tools that enable users of […]

UMD Libraries Join BitCurator Consortium as Charter Member

The University of Maryland Libraries are in the midst of working on policies, procedures, and workflows for managing born-digital content.  3 1/2″ and 5 1/4″ floppy disks, along with Zip disks, CD-ROMs, and DVDs already live within the archival and manuscript collections within Special Collections and University Archives.  The challenges involved in preserving these media […]

Cool Tools: High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS!)

I was delighted and intrigued to read an article in the March 26, 2014 web edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education: Scholars Collaborate to Make Sound Recordings More Accessible.  It described a project spearheaded by Tanya Clement, former University of Maryland employee, creator of In Transition: Selected Poems by the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, […]

Solr System

We are in the process of integrating Apache Solr to work with our Fedora-based digital repository on the back-end.  I am not going to pretend that I know and understand all of the technical details about Solr, as listed on their home page.  My layperson interpretation of its features are as follows: Solr is a […]

Experimenting with 3D Printing

The University of Maryland’s student newspaper, the Diamondback, recently reported that the UMD Libraries have installed a 3D printer in the Terrapin Learning Commons.  Before new tools like this are installed, User and Systems Support (USS) conducts extensive research and testing. In this case, USS obtained a MakerBot 3D Printer.  The relatively small piece of desktop […]