Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Priorities: local Apple Store sandbagged against #SuperStormSandy

Video of "The PLA as a Platform" at the DPLA Midwest Plenary (12 Oct 12)

Closing session of the DPLA Midwest Plenary (Chicago, 12 October 2012), "The DPLA as a Platform" (by me and SJ Klein plus an audience of willing commentators) and send off by John Palfrey. You can find more videos of the event at the Berkman Center YouTube channel.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Recap of the DPLA Midwest Plenary, 11-12 October 2012

John Palfrey with closing remarks at #DPLAMidwest
On October 11-12, Nancy Gwinn and I participated in the Digital Public Library of America's (DPLA) Midwest workstream and plenary meetings. The meetings were held in some wonderful meeting spaces at the Harold Washington Library Center of Chicago Public Library (interesting side note: the building holds the record for largest public library space!).

I serve as co-chair of the Technical Aspects Workstream (along with SJ Klein) and Nancy is a convener of the Governance Workstream. Additionally, Nancy serves as the official Smithsonian representative to the DPLA. The first day of meetings were participatory workshops where a wide group of interested parties moved between three topic areas: Content Infrastructure and the Digital Hubs Pilot Program, Technical Development, and The Future of the DPLA. These sessions provided important feedback to the DPLA leadership group on focusing forward direction for the DPLA.

#DPLAMmidwest registration desk
The second day of the DPLA Midwest Plenary was open to the public. The funders of DPLA were introduced. These include a mix of public-private organizations (Sloan Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Knight Foundation which announced a $1 million dollar grant).

The outgoing Steering Committee were also thanked and the new incoming Board of Directors introduced.

The program for the day included:

Digital Hubs Pilot Project
This panel discussion will feature representatives from the DPLA’s initial service hubs. The session will also provide updates on the emergent DPLA content infra- structure, data provider agreements, and related key details.

Technical Development: Creating and Integrating
In this interactive session, members of the technical development team will describe their progress in developing the DPLA platform and the prototype front-end. Participants are invited to contribute comments and questions. Led by Jeff Licht, DPLA Technical Development, Pod Consulting.

The DPLA as a Platform 
This session will feature ongoing work to build applications and services on top of the DPLA platform. Led by Sam Klein and Martin Kalfatovic, DPLA Technical Aspects Workstream.

More information:
- DPLA Website.
-Official Photos from DPLA Midwest Plenary

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Don't forget, today is National Feral Cat Day

Possible feral, Santa Fe, NM
Today is National Feral Cat day.

Learn more about the day at Alley Cat Allies:
"Alley Cat Allies created National Feral Cat Day® a decade ago to promote humane care for feral cats. Our efforts to share information and educate others on the importance of Trap-Neuter-Return have been supported year after year by caring individuals and groups--in tiny towns, in big cities, and in places in between! Last year advocates hosted hundreds of events nationally and around the world. We want to top that in 2012—join us! Whether you’re holding a one-time event to raise money or awareness, or working toward sustainable change for cats in your community with ongoing projects or initiatives, we welcome your efforts! Helping cats starts with you!"

Saturday, October 13, 2012

"The DPLA as a Platform", presentation for #DPLAMidwest

Here are the slides that SJ Klein and I used for our session at the Digital Public Library of America Midwest Plenary in Chicago yesterday.

The DPLA as a Platform. Martin R. Kalfatovic and SJ Klein. Digital Public Library of America Midwest Plenary. Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL. 12 October 2012.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sunday, October 07, 2012

How not to read The Masque of the Red Death, on the anniversary of Poe's demise

Edgar Allen Poe died on this date in 1849. In 1975, during freshman year of high school, I chose, for some reason or the other, to read, as part of a class oration exercise, Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death".

It's a great story to say the least, but not one to read aloud when the exercise is to give a 10 minute dramatic reading. Needless to say, I'd practiced ahead of time, but reading silently! When the time came, I took my place in the front of the class and started to read:
"The "Red Death" had long devastated the country. No pestilence had ever been so fatal, or so hideous. Blood was its Avator and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. There were sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores, with dissolution. The scarlet stains upon the body and especially upon the face of the victim, were the pest ban which shut him out from the aid and from the sympathy of his fellow-men. And the whole seizure, progress and termination of the disease, were the incidents of half an hour."
And so I continued ... the time dragged by, the class fidgeted, the teacher kept glancing between me and the clock ... and I continued on ... finally, well before I finished, the merciful teach put an end to the reading many pages before I came to the last line:
"And Darkness and Decay and the Red Death held illimitable dominion over all."
You can read the story yourself here and see the original publication from Graham's Magazine (May 1842) on the Internet Archive site. But remember, if you're reading it out load, leave plenty of time.

And as a side note, if you want to hear a spooky reading, see the William S. Burrough's reading of the story: Part 1 | Part 2

Thursday, October 04, 2012

The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Program Director's Report: September 2012

And here's my presentation from our very successful BHL Staff and Technical meeting in Cambridge, MA.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library: Program Director's Report: September 2012. Martin R. Kalfatovic. BHL Staff and Technical Meeting. Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, MA. 27 September 2012.

Smithsonian Libraries & The Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2003 - 2012

I've fallen a little behind on my slidedeck postings. I had a couple of presentations related to, yes, the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

The first (below) is from the Smithsonian Libraries' Town Meeting back on 19 September 2012.

Smithsonian Libraries & The Biodiversity Heritage Library: 2003 - 2012. Martin R. Kalfatovic. Smithsonian Libraries Town Hall. National Zoo, Washington, DC. 19 September 2012