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Charlottetown, PEI Canada
Executive Director of Research Data Canada
Interests: library management, open source, repositories, cyberinfrastructure
Recent Activity
It pains me to say this after a number of good Loomware years, but it is increasingly challenging for me to keep Loomware updated, so I am "archiving" the site with this post - leaving it open but making the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at LoomWare
Islandora Release 7.x-1.3 Series #1 Background The Islandora Scholar Solution Pack is one of the most feature rich and long-awaited components of the Islandora ecosystem. Scholar is an IR (Institutional Repository) or general-use document repository, ideal for preserving and promoting... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at LoomWare
It seems to me I have done this once (or twice) before, but I feel like it is time to continue blogging on Loomware. My Loomware blog started in February of 2004, so I guess I can call this the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at LoomWare
The latest CDLINFO newsletter mentions plans to integrate the Islandora system with CDL's Merritt backend: In coordination with the UCLA Library and DiscoveryGarden, we are planning to move forward on work to integrate Islandora with Merritt. UCLA will be conducting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at LoomWare
The Islandora team released 2 new version last week: Islandora 12.2.0 (the latest Drupal 6-compatible version) features a new version of the book solution pack, along with improvements and bug fixes to many other modules. You can read about all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at LoomWare
Our new iPad application, Telling Island Stories, is now available in the App Store (and yes it does support the retina display). TIS is a front-end to a number of Islandora-based digital collections, with a focus on story and geo-level... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at LoomWare
I'm a little late in getting this out, but you know how it goes. The University of PEI and DiscoveryGarden teams are hard at work on a 2-week code sprint to create the initial Islandora/Drupal 7 release. We have been... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at LoomWare
I want to start highlighting new Islandora sites as we come across them, so please let me know when you find or create a new site using the Islandora framework. The BESS (Biblioteca Elettronica Di Scienze) Digital Archive is a... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at LoomWare
After a lengthy but very fruitful process UPEI's Senate approved a new open access policy. Some highlights of the policy: immediate deposit of scholarly articles (including faculty, grad student and undergraduate works) in the UPEI repository is encouraged (a mandate... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2012 at LoomWare
A new post from Michael Geist is added to the positive message from the growing list of universities not signing the AC/AUCC "unModel" License. What more do Canadian universities need to make the only decision that is in the best... Continue reading
Reblogged May 25, 2012 at LoomWare
UBC announced today that they ARE NOT signing the Access Copyright agreement. This is a sensible decision and one that speaks to what every university in Canada should do. If you are a Canadian institution that has not yet signed... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at LoomWare
The Coursera effort described in this article is an interesting new twist in the ongoing effort to "redefine" the delivery of university education. There has been a lot of buzz about Stanford's recent massively open online courses efforts, especially since... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2012 at LoomWare
this latest battle of the IT overlords should dismiss any that remains. The emerging legal details in the Google-Oracle battle over Java highlights why Oracle and open source are like oil and water. The attempt to copyright a language is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2012 at LoomWare
This recent announcement from the federal government seems like a long time coming and one I personally am mostly in favour of, if only the government wasn't also decimating other services for the "those with less", including Internet access. Would... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2012 at LoomWare
Ross Douthat's NYT column struck a chord this weekend while I was trying out some new iPad apps. My strongest thought was that the Google Glasses reflect the impeding death of the iPhone, with such a compelling interface and integration... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at LoomWare
I just read the Jan/Feb issue of MITs Technology Review which features a piece called Fire in the Library. It made me mostly sad. It's about a group called the Archive Team and their efforts to scrape and archive what... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2012 at LoomWare
UNESCO's recently released guide to Open Access. Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2012 at LoomWare
A peek at what Brewster has planned next for his digital library. Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 29, 2012 at LoomWare
The AIMS project has released their white paper, which has some great reading on the issues and challenges facing institutions as they embrace the avalanch of born digital content. From the e-mail release: AIMS (Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at LoomWare
Call For Participation The Management of Scholarly Identity A CNI Workshop April 4, 2012 (following the CNI Spring Member Meeting) Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel Baltimore, Maryland 10AM - 3PM The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is hosting an invitational workshop... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at LoomWare
Presentations from the PASIG Meetings in Austin, Texas, January 2012 | SULAIR There are some great presentations in the list from this year's PASIG event, held in early January. I'm sorry I missed it! Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 24, 2012 at LoomWare
Interesting list of some key developments in digital preservation - includes DuraCloud. Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 23, 2012 at LoomWare
NOW AVAILABLE: Fedora GSearch Version 2.4.1 | DuraSpace The latest GSearch is available and includes some very nice new features: use of Tika for metadata/text extraction; support for Solr/Lucene 3.5 and ability to embed RISearch queries in Solr/Lucene. Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 23, 2012 at LoomWare
Canadian universities sign bone-stupid copyright deal with collecting society: emailing a link is the same as making a photocopy, faculty email to be surveilled - Boing Boing I thought gadgetgirl said it best: "I thought links were supposed to be... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 22, 2012 at LoomWare
This editorial by Canada's Governor-General seems to me a passionate statement in support of open access and open data, not to mention the fundamental commitment for scientists and knowledge seekers in all disciplines to share their knowledge freely. Canada's new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at LoomWare