Join us — new Drupal and Expression Engine Groups

November 20, 2009

Hola! I’m chairing the ATHDrupal group and for now, I am just “helping” the EEATH group (I hope a Chair rises organically in the group).
ATHDrupal is a new regional Drupal group (forming out of the ashes of UGA Drupal Group). We would like to invite anyone interested in Drupal to join us. We hope to have some f2f meetings — perhaps, semesterly (and also, to connect up with DrupalAtlanta at some point).

Drupal is an opensource content management system.
You can join the Drupal group @

Additionally a new regional group has formed for the CMS, Expression Engine

If you have questions, just drop me a line. thanks, robin

Opensource, community source, open system, closed system (presentation)

September 24, 2009

Evergreen Documentation Group needs your help!

August 12, 2009

For those interested in Evergreen or opensource library projects….

The Evergreen Documentation Interest Group needs your input to help prioritize its activities for the next few months. Please share the following survey link widely. We are casting a wide net — we want input from as many roles as possible, from project coordinators to people working the front lines in libraries, and whether you are just thinking about Evergreen or running it since Day 1.

Responses are due no later than 5 p.m. ET Thursday, August 20, 2009. The survey is short and easy to complete.

The survey link:

You are encouraged to forward this to interested communities.

Thanks much on behalf of the Evergreen DIG!


Open Library project update

August 5, 2009

The final report of the Open Library Environment project is available for reading. ♥ this project with its focus on the behind the scenes… because if the behind the scenes (processing system/database/data) doesn’t work very well, the public interface is not going to work very well. I am definitely keeping an eye on this project and I hope to be able to contribute in some way in the future.

A few points of interest (amongst many….)

  • The project planners chose to define a system that supports libraries as a central player in the research process.
  • Libraries need to be able to leverage a dynamic information environment to support the research and educational mission of their institutions.
  • Libraries must respond to the dynamic information environment by re-engineering its organization and the workflows carried out by its personnel.

I don’t know if these statements are Yays or DUHs, because they seem so obvious, yet some do not grasp that simple reality of library catalog software and library information silos such as databases, websites, etc.

And then the key features:

  • Flexibility
  • Community ownership
  • Service Orientation
  • Enterprise-Level Integration
  • Efficiency
  • Sustainability

The Open Library Environment (OLE) Project has posted a draft of its final report. We are excited to offer this report publicly to the community and welcome your comments. As a community-source project, your input is vital to the future and success of the OLE Project. You can access the report at this address:

About the Open Library Environment Project:
With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a multinational group of libraries is developing the design for an Open Library Environment (OLE), an alternative to the current model of an Integrated Library System. The goal is to produce a design document to inform open source library system development efforts, to guide future library system
implementations, and to influence current Integrated Library System vendor products.

OpenOffice 3.0

September 6, 2008

Nice preview of openoffice 3 (woohoo!) Honestly, I haven’t missed dumping Microsoft Office yet…

…and if you’d like to see a little demo, try this one which covers all of the types of openoffice (databases, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations):

new art, new writings, new music — it’s moonshine!

August 5, 2008

Lots of new writings, new art, new music. I’m finishing up my art interviews with artists (the creativity series) and a short (!) book review.
Oh, and of course, the cover graphic is mine. 😉

These are the dog days of summer, is it any wonder that everything seems to droop a little? Stay inside in the cool and check out the latest writings, music, paintings, photography… Moonshine celebrates a milestone, which would not be possible without the wonderful artists and writers who share their thoughts, writings, and art. Read, see, and listen!

Part 1 of Jasmine Rizer’s serial, “Keeping it in the Family“; Fab Irony’s “Oz Redux”, and McCabe Coolidge continues his series, Seven Questions with
“Don’t you Miss the Farm?” Thoughtful poetry from Brenda L Basham (Bloodshed of the Holocaust; Imagination; and Unlock the Power ), Russell Lee Hale I (Knobby Knees; Memories ), John S Moon (World ) and Sandy Vanderbleek (life flow ).

Studio views features Sandra Babb’s essay on improvisation, Rolling with the Punch Bowl and Hannah Leatherbury’s audio interview (a podcast) with multi-media artist Sherry Lynn Wood about her latest project to collect mantras via her Mantra Trailer. (courtesy of the Southern Arts Federation).

robin fay continues to explore Creativity (pt. 5 in a series, focusing on the artistic process) while Drék Davis explores his own Confessions of a Wayward Artist. Amber Moore jumps into the playful and educational world of the Children’s Museum of the Shoals in Look and DO Touch: Children Learn with Hands-On Activities in Florence, Alabama.

Lori Lejeune gets creative with 3D digital art in From the Studio: An Exposition on 3-d Digital Artistry and Donna Rosser aka The Barefoot Photographer shows us how to take our photos to the next level with Lensbaby in Getting Creative: Your Photography and a Lensbaby.

Book reviews for August are Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place by Suyde Cauthen, a memoir of growing up in the South, and Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen, a magical novel set in North Carolina. Music matters features a review of The Rest of the Year , the new CD from the Georgia folk trio, the Solstice Sisters. Hannah Leatherbury talks with Charles “Wsir” Johnson about the necessity of knowing how to repair and create his own instruments while living in a rural community as well as his experience getting commissioned by Chuck D. (from Hannah Leatherbury, courtesy of the Southern Arts Federation).

Check in with a Short Girl comix, book reviews, work from the Southerncreativity gallery (@ Flickr), art announcements & calls for entries.

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The Opensource model, what it is and how it works

July 25, 2008

Excellent article and overview of opensource, covering everything from licensing (yes, opensource has it), its evolution, security, issues, & more.

Raymond has compared the development of OSS to a bazaar, where large numbers of interested individuals congregate to contribute (code contributors are called committers) or to provide peer review of the wares in the market (in this case, testing and new feature recommendations for the software in the repositories [1]). A great deal of research, then, has focused on what motivates individuals to join such communities, how they are organized, the group dynamics, and governance structures. For example, Scacchi asserts that open-source communities form a highly adaptive but loosely coupled virtual enterprise, organized in a “layered meritocracy” with a usual team critical mass of five to 15 people [4]. OSS community cultures have even been likened to those of wasps and other swarming insects, in terms of the social network interactions [5].

Library news roundup: nexgen catalogs, institutional repositories, and more

July 23, 2008

Well, since I have so many little library related tidbits floating around in my reader, I’m just going to do a roundup:

  • Over at the shifted librarian, she has a nice blog post about the new startup project, bibliocommons @ the Oakville, Ontario library, to build a library catalog interface from scratch. The interface includes things like reviews, tagging, faceted searching, etc. Looks very drupalesque to me.
  • A few discussions about defining repository and of course, wikipedia’s definition.
  • Pew statistical study on blog reading: “‘ Do you ever read someone else’s online journal or blog?’. In total, 33% of internet users (the equivalent of 24% of all adults) say they read blogs, with 11% of internet users doing so on a typical day. ” I wonder how many people read blogs without knowing they are reading a blog.
  • EDUCause’s 7things you should know about Wii (I always think the 7things series are just great!) including an overview of what it is and how it works, why it is important, and how it can be used for teaching and learning.
  • From Equinox’s blog, Five public libraries and one academic moved to the opensource Evergreen library catalog software. Approximately 30 more migrations are in the works.
  • Mobile! Mobile! Mobile! Honestly, if you’re already tired of hearing about the iphone, just wait until Google’s Android hits. On the move with mobile web; Semantic web, mobiles and libraries picking up the pace; the catalog in your hand; and just google iphone or android, for the billions of articles and blogposts about them. 😉

Image galleries: Coppermine, 4images, plogger, Gallery

July 18, 2008

I’ve been looking at a plugin to expand my image gallery (hosted at my domain via opensource coppermine, not the flickr version) by using feeds — basically, for each category I would have a feed. I looked at migrating to different systems, too: Gallery, plogger, and 4images.

Here is the rundown of what I need:

  • RSS Feeds per category/image album
  • Ability to list an image in more than one category/album, e.g., black and white photographs all in one album + in subject albums
  • Ability to assign keywords
  • Easily customizable through CSS and maybe a sprinkling of php
  • Opensource, hosted on my domain (I already have a several art/photography sites at social networking spots)
  • Easy batch upload process
  • Good enhancement and upgrade workflow
  • Plus:
    • Easy import/migration from Coppermine
    • Bridging or crosswalking to Drupal
    • Good documentation (I can usually make things work without a lot of help)
  • Note the importance of easy!

Coppermine does all of that minus the feeds, but there is a feed plugin. To be honest, my only complaints with coppermine, have been 1)some of the developers/user community help — it can get harsh 2)lack of built in RSS feeds and 3)crosswalking into Drupal — it’s doable, but not quite what I have in mind. Of course, using feeds would probably give me what I need, anyhow.

So, in my various experiments and investigations:

  • Plogger, Gallery, and 4images all have some form of a RSS.
  • Plogger, Gallery, and 4images are all opensource.
  • Plogger, Gallery, and 4images all seem to be relatively easy to install — relatively.
  • I can import/migrate my coppermine gallery into Gallery. I couldn’t figure out if I could do that in plogger or 4images. 4images is primarily in German, so I hit some language barriers a few times.

..and here is my comparison chart — I’m still trying to figure out some of the plogger features, so that part is a little bit incomplete.