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Virtual OCLC CONTENTdm User Group Meeting: November 7, 2012

The first virtual CONTENTdm user group meeting on November 7, 2012 provided the opportunity for networking and sharing of CONTENTdm best practices among colleagues as well as a CONTENTdm update from OCLC Digital Collection Services. The event was hosted by Minitex and OCLC, with additional sponsorship from OCLC to underwrite the cost.

Here is the CONTENTdm Virtual User Group Meeting by the numbers:

272 number of individual registered attendees
480 number of registered attendees with group attendance factored in
8 number of international attendees (Canada, New Cairo, Barcelona, and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
94 number of tweets sent out with the hashtag #CDM12 on November 7 according to
99 number of attendees who completed online survey
5 number of sessions
5 number of minutes allotted to each of the 8 lightning round presenters
6 number of hours in 2012 Virtual CONTENTdm User Group Meeting from start to finish (10:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
0 number who reported not getting in to the meeting

The tweets from the event have been archived on Storify.

The full program and each session recording is available below (handouts will be posted soon). Note that the recordings will eventually expire. You have the option to view the recording or download your own copy.

Meeting Agenda

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Crowdsourced Georeferencing of Old Maps
In a pilot conducted at the Digital Map library of the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya users volunteered to georeference 1,000 maps and aerial photographs using the Georeferencer online tool from Klokan Technologies running on top of CONTENTdm. The resulting georeferenced materials are available for download along with their geometadata, can be viewed in Google Earth, and can be examined for quality and precision using Mapanalyst.
—Rafael Roset, Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Repurposing Content in Time and Space
CONTENTdm content can be repurposed in all kinds of fun and interesting ways. Two ways will be demonstrated in this session: a timeline application using TimelineJS and a "Then and Now" Google Map application, both of which pull directly from collections contained in Ohio Memory.
—Phil Sager, Ohio Historical Society

View the recording of "Crowdsourced Georeferencing of Old Maps" and "Repurposing Content in Time and Space"

Presentation Slides: "Crowdsourced Georeferencing of Old Maps" Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 7.8 MB)

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10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM OCLC Update and Q & A
Hear an update about what's coming in CONTENTdm 6.2 from the OCLC CONTENTdm Product Manager. Do you have a burning question for OCLC? Submit your question ahead of time and it will be addressed during the Q & A portion of the session.
—Christian Sarason, CONTENTdm Product Manager, OCLC Digital Collection Services

View the recording of "OCLC Update and Q & A"

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Lightning Round: Digital Collection Highlights
Hear from other CONTENTdm users as they share tips, tricks, or just something fun about their CONTENTdm website. The format will be a series of 5-7 minute summaries or demonstrations.
—Max Eckard, Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI)
—Steven F. Giese, Des Plaines Public Library (Des Plaines, IA)
—Ryan Miller, International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI (Washington, DC)
—Evan Robb and Ross Fuqua, Washington Rural Heritage, Washington State Library (Tumwater, WA)
—Mary Rose, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL)
—Laurie Sauer, Knox College (Galesburg, IL)
—Christopher Schommer, Macalester College (St. Paul, MN)
—Glee Willis, University of Nevada, Reno (Reno, NV)

View the recording of "Lightning Round: Digital Collection Highlights"

Presentation Slides: "Lightning Round: Digital Collection Highlights" Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 15.3 MB)

1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Break

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Linked Data Demystified: Practical Efforts to Transform CONTENTdm Metadata for the Linked Data Cloud
The library literature and events like the ALA Annual Conference have been inundated with presentations and articles on linked data. At UNLV Libraries, we understand the importance of linked data in helping to better service our users. We have designed and initiated a pilot project to apply linked data concepts to the practical task of transforming a sample set of our CONTENTdm digital collections data into future-oriented linked data. This presentation will outline rationale for beginning work in linked data and detail the phases we will undertake in the proof of concept project. We hope through this research experiment to evaluate challenges and benefits of publishing digital collection data into the Linked Data Cloud.
—Cory Lampert and Silvia Southwick, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

View the recording of "Linked Data Demystified: Practical Efforts to Transform CONTENTdm Metadata for the Linked Data Cloud"

Presentation Slides: "Linked Data Demystified: Practical Efforts to Transform CONTENTdm Metadata for the Linked Data Cloud" Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 2.8 MB)

Handout: "Linked Data Demystified: Practical Efforts to Transform CONTENTdm Metadata for the Linked Data Cloud" Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 118 KB)

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Crowdsourcing Transcription and Metadata
Beginning in April 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched a crowdsourcing effort to enhance the description of some of our museum artifacts displayed in a CONTENTdm collection. This presentation will outline outreach efforts before and after the crowdsourcing, a review of our successes, and lessons learned from this endeavor. The presentation will include metrics on the site visits to the collection, emphasizing users' interaction with the items that were crowdsourced.
—Regina Avila and Andrea Medina-Smith, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

In October 2012, the University of Iowa Libraries expanded and re-launched their successful Civil War Diaries and Letters Transcription Project as DIY History to include new areas of content and improved functionality. This presentation will detail some of the technical challenges involved in transitioning from homegrown experiment to customized open-source software, Omeka and Scripto, as well as new strategies employed for repurposing metadata and content with the CONTENTdm API (Version 6).
—Shawn Averkamp, University of Iowa

View the recording of "Crowdsourcing Transcription and Metadata"

Presentation Slides: "Crowdsourcing Transcription and Metadata" (Avila & Medina-Smith) Adobe PDF Icon (PDF; 2.7 MB)