Linking digitized content into finding aids...
A couple months ago, I posted here about my efforts to automate the linking of our digitized materials into the EAD finding aids
for the collections from which they came. Why is this important? Well, it provides access to digitized items within the context
of the collection itself, which can be extremely helpful for researchers. Here's an example. If you scroll down and click on "Components in detail" you'll find the digitized items,
with the titles pulled from the item metadata, and links to the items themselves.
In our digital library,
we have about 1500 finding aids and
about 90,000 items now. The scripts that perform the linking depend on several things:
- Is there a box and folder in the item metadata?
- Is there a single matching box and folder in the finding aid?
- If no to the above, is there a matching item number in a single itemId value in the finding aid?
Since the level of description and the extent of the finding aid development varies tremendously, I added in the following logic
in order to link in as much content as possible, without linking anything into the wrong place. After all, a box may go into series II, and
the following box may be in series I. The physical order of the materials may be very different from the order given in the finding aid, as
our content is grouped (generally by box) into series that logically make sense.
The new software:
- Adds boxes not listed in the finding aid, if there are none, or if the box number succeeds the one(s) found there
- Adds folders to boxes, if the boxes have no folders, or if the folder number succeeds the one(s) found there
- Translates a variety of itemId values into what could conceivably be item numbers, and looks for matching digitized items to link
- If box/folder values are listed multiple times, adds digitized content entries under a separate box/folder entry after the last time
that box/folder is found in the finding aid
This obviously leaves out digitized content belonging to folders and/or boxes PRIOR to those listed in the finding aid, but already
with these changes we added almost 10,000 more links to finding aids. At the moment, we now have over 68,000 items linked into over 300 finding aids.
Since our production digitization workflow means I need to continually update online finding aids, and since the archivists upload new and
revised EADs weekly (this is automated also), the workflow is a bit complex. If you'd like to know more about it, and see a diagram,
there's more info on our wiki.
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
- DeRidder, Jody L.
"First Aid Training for Those on the Front Lines: Digital Preservation Needs Survey Results 2012", in Information Technology and Libraries, Vol. 32, Iss. 2 (2013).
- DeRidder, Jody L.; Presnell, Amanda Axley; and Walker, Kevin W. "Leveraging Encoded Archival Descriptions for Access to Digital Content: A Cost and Usability Analysis," in American Archivist (Spring/Summer 2012), Vol. 75, Iss. 1., pp. 143-170.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "I² and ISNI: Improving the Information Supply Chain with Standard Institutional Identifiers," in Information Standards Quarterly (ISQ) (Summer 2011), Vol. 23, Iss. 3, pp. 26-29.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Benign Neglect: Developing Life Rafts for Digital Content" in Information Technology and Libraries Vol. 30, Issue 2, June 2011, pp. 71-74.
- DeRidder, Jody L.
"Leveraging EADs for Low-Cost Access to Digitized Content at the University of Alabama Libraries", in Journal of Library Innovation, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2011), pp. 45-60.
- DeRidder, Jody L.
"Overhead Scanners: Reports from the Field", in Library Hi Tech Vol 29, Issue 1, pp. 9-33, 11 March 2011.
- Zeng, Marcia Lei; Oh, Sam; Phipps, John; Summers, Ed; Hodge, Gail; Needleman, Mark; and DeRidder, Jody L. Linked Data -- Enabling Standards and Other Approaches, ASIS&T '10 : Proceedings of the 73rd ASIS&T Annual meeting on Navigating Streams in an Information Ecosystem, Vol. 47 (Silver Springs, MD: American Society for Information Science, 2010).
- Loewald, Tonio and DeRidder, Jody L."Metadata In, Library Out. A Simple, Robust Digital Library System," in Code4Lib Journal, Issue 10, June, 2010.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "From Confusion and Chaos to Clarity and Hope" a chapter in Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small to Medium-Sized Digitization Projects, Kwong Bor Ng and Jason Kucsma, ed., (Metropolitan New York Library Council, 2010).
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Googlizing a Digital Library" An exploration of effectively and efficiently providing full-text web search capabilities to a dynamically-generated set of digitized materials, in order to leverage the power of web search to enhance access. Code4Lib Journal Issue 2, 2008-03-24. Available from http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/43
- "Choosing Delivery Software for a Digital Library".Library Hi Tech News, 24:9/10, 2007, pp. 19-21.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "The Immediate Prospects for the Application of Ontologies in Digital
Libraries." Knowledge Organization, Vol. 34, No. 4, December 2007
- DeRidder, Jody L.; Berger, Sherri; Chapman, Joyce; Garcia-Spitz, Cristela; Menges, Lauren.
"Hunting for Best Practices
in Digital Library Assessment", a working session presentation at the Digital Library Federation forum in
Austin, 4-6 November 2013.
- DeRidder, Jody L. What do researchers want?, part of a
panel on "Exploring the User Experience with Digital Primary Sources" at the
Society of American Archivists 2013 annual meeting,
15 August 2013.
- DeRidder, Jody L.; Rhodes, Sarah; and Rudersdorf, Amy. "Digital Preservation Basics",
a workshop at Computers in Libraries 2012 in Washington, DC, 20 March 2012.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "An Introduction to Digital Preservation: Make Plans to Manage Content and Provide Access Over Time",
webinar for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, 21 February, 2012.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "An Introduction to Digital Preservation: Considerations for Storage and Protection of Content",
webinar for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, 14 February, 2012.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "An Introduction to Digital Preservation: Steps to Identify and Select Content",
webinar for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, 7 February, 2012.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Digital Access in Context: Mass Digitization of Manuscript Collections"
[Powerpoint], at the University of Alabama Libraries Technology Forum, Tuscaloosa, AL, 5 January 2012.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Providing Access to Digitized Content Via the Finding Aid: A Usability Study" [Powerpoint], at the SAA Research Forum of Archives 360°: 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, in Chicago, IL, 23 August, 2011.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Just Enough Light to See: Minimal Metadata for Access" [Powerpoint], at the Metadata and Digital Objects Round Table Meeting during the Archives 360°: 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, in Chicago, IL, 22-27 August, 2011.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Cheap, Quick, and Pretty: Mass Digitization of Large Manuscript Collections" [Powerpoint], part of a panel presentation on "More Access to More Content: The EAD Finding Aid and Other Effective Tools for Large-Scale Digitization" at Archives 360°: 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, held in Chicago, IL, 22-27 August, 2011. Other panel presenters include Laura Clark Brown, Jody Allison-Bunnell, James Roth, and Karen Weiss (chair).
- DeRidder, Jody L. and Needleman, Mark. "Institutional Identifiers: NISO I2 Working Group" [Powerpoint], part of a panel presentation on Linked Data -- Enabling Standards and Other Approaches [Powerpoint] at the ASIS&T Annual Conference, held in Pittsburgh, PA, 22-27 October, 2010. Presentation coauthored with Mark Needleman; other panel presenters include Marcia Zeng, Sam Oh, Jon Phipps, Ed Summers, and Gail Hodge.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Digital Library Development from the Bottom Up, or: Organization, Clarity, and Sanity: Digitization for the Future On a Shoestring," [Powerpoint] presented at the Computers in Libraries 2010 Conference in Arlington, VA, April 14, 2010.
- Thomas C. Wilson; DeRidder, Jody L., and Loeward, Tonio. "Digital Libraries and Long-term Access for the Rest of Us: The University of Alabama Acumen Experience" [Powerpoint] presented at the Coalition for Networked Information Spring 2010 Membership Meeting in Baltimore, MD, April 13, 2010.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Bringing Order to Chaos: Preparation and Organization for Long-Term Access" [Powerpoint] presented at the Southeast CONTENTdm Users Group 2nd Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, October 13, 2009.
- DeRidder, Jody L."Preparing For The Future As We Build Collections," [Powerpoint], presented at the Society of Imaging Science & Technology Archiving 2009 Conference in Arlington VA, May 2009.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Choosing Software for a Digital Library" [Powerpoint] with exercises for students comparing Fedora and DSpace. Presented to University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences Digital Libraries classes in 2007 & 2008. Revised for presentation to another UT Digital Libraries class and a University of Alabama School of Information Sciences Digital Libraries class in 2011.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "The Immediate Prospects for the Application of Ontologies in Digital Libraries [Powerpoint], (oriented toward explaining ontologies), presented to a University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences class in 2007.
- DeRidder, Jody L. Dublin Core Metadata Terms and Uses [Powerpoint] presented to a University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences class in 2007.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Embracing More of the Information Life Cycle: Opportunities for Academic Librarians" [Powerpoint], presented to a University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences class in 2007.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Metadata in Digital Libraries" [website], an overview (2006) which won the School of Information Sciences Best Technical Project award in 2007.
- DeRidder, Jody L. Implementing an Open Archives Repository [Powerpoint] for the Metascholar American South meeting (2002).
- DeRidder, Jody L. Report on
the 2013 Digital Library Federation Forum, held in Austin, TX, 5-7 November, 2013.
- DeRidder, Jody L. Report on
Archives 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, 14-17 August, 2013.
- DeRidder, Jody L. Report on
SAA 360° 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists, held in Chicago, IL, 22-27 August, 2011.
- DeRidder, Jody L. Report on the Research Forum
of SAA 360° (2011 Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists), held in Chicago, IL, 23 August, 2011.
- DeRidder, Jody L.Report on the 2010 Semantic Technology Conference, (website), held in San Francisco, CA, 21-25 June, 2010.
- DeRidder, Jody L."Report on the Spring 2010 Membership Meeting of the Coalition for Networked Information," held in Baltimore, MD, 12-13 April 2010.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Report on the Imaging Science & Technology Archiving 2009 Conference: Preservation Strategies and Imaging Techniques for Cultural Heritage Institutions and Memory Organizations."
- DeRidder, Jody L. Report on iPRES 2008: The Fifth International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects
"Joined Up And Working: Tools And Methods For Digital Preservation" held in London, 29-30 September 2008.
- "Embracing More of the Information Life Cycle: Opportunities for Academic Librarians", 2007.
- DeRidder, Jody L. Dublin Core Metadata Terms and Uses, 2007.
- DeRidder, Jody L. "Choosing Software for an Institutional Repository." Developed for internal use by the University of Tennessee Digital Library Center.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Digital preservation recommendations
- Analysis of infrastructure and recommendations, including workflow improvements
- Cost analyses
- Metadata mapping, analysis and extraction
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
Box 870266, University of Alabama,
Phone: (205) 348-0511