Jody L. DeRidder

Jody DeRidder





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News

For more info about what we're up to over in Digital Services at the University of Alabama, please check out our blog and our wiki!

Publications

Presentations

Reports

Consultations

  • Digital content management
  • Data analysis and data transformation
  • Software analysis and modifications
  • Software development
  • Digital preservation recommendations and data migration
  • Grant writing
  • Analysis of infrastructure or workflows for improvement
  • Assistance in setting up the lowest-cost, most scalable methods of implementing a local digital library or management of electronic documents
  • Digital library or electronic document management cost analysis
  • Assessment of digital library and electronic document management and delivery software
  • Metadata mapping, analysis and extraction
Please contact me for more information.

Background

Current Position:

Head, Digital Services
University of Alabama Libraries

Currently researching and developing pragmatic solutions for capture, management, delivery, access, usability, and long-term support for digital content.

Interested in developing and working with:

  • linked data,
  • ontology interoperability,
  • and statistical natural language programming to analyze large quantities of information in support of researcher needs, implementing visualizations (clustering, topic mapping, etc.) to make that content more useful.

Specialties:
Software analysis, development and modification. Data analysis, extraction, and transformation. Legacy system migration. Design and development of infrastructure and information architecture. Grant writing & technical writing. Excellent personnel management.

    Also:
  • Digital preservation recommendations
  • Analysis of infrastructure and recommendations, including workflow improvements
  • Cost analyses
  • Metadata mapping, analysis and extraction

Grant Reviewer Experience:

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), 2011-2013
  • National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), 2010 & 2013
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2009, 2011, 2012
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), 2013

Other interesting involvements:

  • Invited to join the Society of American Archivists (SAA) Publications Board, 2013-2017
  • Co-Chair of the SAA Metadata and Digital Objects Roundtable (MDOR), 2012-present
  • Steering committee member, SAA MDOR, 2011-present

Education:

MS in Information Science, 2008, University of Tennessee.
MS in Computer Science, 2002, University of Tennessee.
Graduate work in Community Agency Counseling, 1981-2, University of Tennessee.
BA in Human Services, 1980, University of Tennessee.

A guest post on the Library of Congress Signal Blog, 1 April, 2013:

First Aid on the Front Lines: Immediate Training Needs

An interview by the Library of Congress:

"Jody DeRidder and the Spirit of DPOE"

Part of the experience I bring to the table:
  • 17 years of management experience.
  • 10 years of developing infrastructure, policies and proceedures, work flows, and information architecture.
  • 9 years of developing solutions for support of long-term access for digital content.
  • 5 years of development work on DLXS software, including modifications for cross-type searching and linking, and support for streaming media and embedded audio and video
  • 3 years of modifications and support for CONTENTdm, including analysis for extraction of content and metadata to provide additional search/browse and storage capabilities
  • 2 years of support and development for Acumen.
  • 1 year of beta-testing for Ex Libris Digitool, testing multiple scenarios and issues, providing feedback and recommendations for improvements, and analysis of software support.
  • Training as a Digital Preservation Outreach Education (DPOE) trainer in digital preservation and long-term access support

For more info about me: my resume.

Contact

Email: jody@jodyderidder.com

Snailmail: Box 870266, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Phone: (205) 348-0511

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