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CRRA Update July 2012

CRRA Update July 2012

This month’s update provides information on key CRRA events: past, present and future. First is an invitation to the fall CRRA/DePaul Symposium; Janice Welburn (Board Chair) then provides an update of Board activities, with a look the future; and Jennifer Younger (CRRA Executive Director) provides an introduction to the CRRA Catholic Newspaper Program.

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Indexing and displaying Encoded Archival Description files

This posting muses on how to index and display Encoded Archival Description (EAD) files in the "Catholic Portal" of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance.

The Catholic Portal is essentially an index of two types of metadata: 1) records describing individual and discrete items, and 2) records describing collections of individual items. For the most part, the former metadata records are MARC records describing books. The later are EAD files describing the holdings of archives.

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My experience with Archivists' Toolkit

by Adam McGinn (July 17, 2012)

During the last two months, I had evaluated Archivists' Toolkit for use with the Catholic Portal project. Archivists' Toolkit is a program suitable for recording and managing archival metadata. The program stores metadata in either a remote or local SQL database, and also allows exporting to an XML file. The documentation for Archivists' Toolkit is quite helpful, though it is fairly comprehensive and it may be difficult to find how to do something specific. I am writing this document in the hope that it will help potential future users of Archivists' Toolkit here at Hesburgh Library.

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Link to full-text items

Note To Self, this URL -- http://bit.ly/MpReCn -- will return a list of all the full-text items in the "Catholic Portal". Thanks, Demian!

Graphic design and the "Catholic Portal"

Graphic design is definitely not my forte, but I think I have finally wrangled it as well as the overall look & feel of the "Catholic Portal".

"Skinning" Vufind is not terribly difficult. Using a sort of inheritance, the implementor creates a hierarchy of directories where Vufind will look for customized output views before falling back to a default theme coming with the distribution. I was having one heck of a time getting the search results to display correctly. After looking solutions in all the wrong places, I finally copied a version of the Blueprint theme's results.tpl file to my local themes directory. After tweaking it a bit, and after refreshing Vufind's cache and compile directories, things started to line up. As an extra bonus, things like Google, Internet Archive, and HathiTrust snippet views were also being displayed. The "book bag" feature now works as well. Whew!

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Fulltext indexing in Vufind with Aperture

The implementation of fulltext indexing in Vufind with Aperture is not difficult. This posting describes how I implemented it for the Catholic Research Resources Alliance.

About 800 of the 125,000 indexed records in the "Catholic Portal" are linked to full text through a URL in the MARC records' 856 field. The vast majority of these records come from the University of Toronto and the University of Notre Dame. The process of fulltext indexing is documented at vufind.org, but I'll clarify here.

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How to make CRRA metadata available via the FTP "dropbox"

When CRRA members are not able or do not want to make their metadata available their own website, we hear at Catholic Portal Central will create one for them. To begin the process, a CRRA member simply needs to express this desire with me, Eric Lease Morgan (574/631-8604; [email protected]), and we will go from there.  

I will then assign the member a username/password combination. I will use various techniques to discover the member's IP address. Once done, the local FTP application configuration will be updated.

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FTP site as dropbox

In an effort to make it easier for us here at the "Catholic Portal Home Planet", we have implemented an FTP site designed to be used as a dropbox.

For the longest time Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) members sent me their metadata via email. I was then expected to parse it, index it, and make it available for searching. A hidden task in this scenario was archiving the metadata -- a task that is not really very scalable. Consequently, I advocated CRRA members make their metadata available via a website where I could then harvest the data with us. Unfortunately and to my surprise, not every CRRA member was able to do this mostly because of local infrastructure policies.

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CRRA Update June 2012

CRRA Update June 2012

In celebration of the official start of summer, we are writing to celebrate what is nearly the end of a year with many accomplishments. Even a partial list of goals and objectives met this year illustrates the progress we have made developing the portal as a significant source for discovering Catholic research materials and strengthening the membership alliance dedicated to achieving our mission. Some of the year’s highlights include the following.

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CRRA May 2012 Update: Focus on Anaheim meeting

The May Update includes details about the CRRA All-Member Annual Meeting in Anaheim, June 25-26, 2012.  Also noteworthy: on June 23 and June 25, Jennifer Younger, CRRA Executive Director, will participate in panel discussions of interest to our membership.  Details on these events are also in this Update.

In this issue we  introduce the impressive Ade Bethune Collection at St. Catherine University and Diane Maher, Chair of the Collections Committee provides an update of Committee activities.

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Using OAI-PMH to populate the "Catholic Portal" is not straight-forward

Using OAI-PMH to populate the "Catholic Portal" is not straight-forward, and this posting outlines some of my investigations in this regard.

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April 2012 Update

CRRA UPDATE

April 2012

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Statistical reports against the "Catholic Portal"

This text describes the beginnings of a set of statistical reports describing the use of the "Catholic Portal".

More specifically, the Portal's Web server log files are read on a daily basis, normalized, and saved to an underlying database. A number of queries are then applied to the database to create rudimentarily lists of tabulations. Each one of the reports are described below:

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Transforming schema-based EAD files

This posting describes my solution for transforming schema-based EAD files for the "Catholic Portal". In a sentence, the solution boils down to removing the all the namespaces from the input.

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CRRA Update March 2012

CRRA UPDATE March 2012

Happy Spring!

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Moving to VuFind version 1.3

We here at "Catholic Portal Central" are spending time and effort moving to VuFind version 1.3. To this end I have implemented a number of things as per our usability studies as well as begun to skin the underlying "blueprint" theme. Give it a whirl and share your thoughts -- http://vufind.library.nd.edu

Linking CRRA items to member libraries: A Prototype

I have implemented a prototype for linking items found in the "Catholic Portal" to CRRA member institutions.

The Problem

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Prioritized list of fixes/enhancements for the "Portal"

Based on our usability studies and conference call from the other day I have created a (more or less) prioritized list of fixes/enhancements to be applied to the "Portal":

  • add a a note to the email dialog box denoting how the from field is mandatory and requires an email address
  • create a directory of institutions, and from search results hyperlink institutions' names to the directory
  • update the "Portal" look & feel (theme) so it is based on the "blueprint" theme
  • turn off the "Suggested Topics" feature
  • fix the author searches so when author names are clicked the content displays correctly
  • make the login links float to the right instead of the left
  • change the red text -- such as the text in the search box -- to black
  • change the login label to read "Login / Create account"

On my mark. Get set. Go.

CRRA Update February 2012

CRRA UPDATE February 2012

Comments, questions, suggestions, please ...

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How to make MARC and EAD metadata available in the "Catholic Portal"

This is a set of (draft) prescriptive instructions describing how to make MARC and EAD metadata available in the "Catholic Portal".

Introduction

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