Good Morning

So, a Day of Craig Harkema eh? Well, it’s starting off with a little coffee, email and editing. Coffee: Kicking Horse. Email: various listservs (metadata, archives, etc.), Jon Bath (another DHer involved in this thing) chatting about our Eric Gill/Golden Cockerel Press digital archive project and my department head asking about digitization project details for our application to have a student help with scanning over the summer. As for the editing, I need to finish my term paper for a grad class I’m taking called Digital Literature and New Media, so I came in a bit earlier to hammer out some of the wrinkles. Nothing too mind imploding for you thus far. I met a colleague of mine in a lineup for coffee and she said if I needed help making things seem more exciting she could ask for help with the little green man in the box. I hope it doesn’t come to that.

Have you seen this yet?

Charlene, our wonderful serials librarian, sent me this the other day:



Anyone use this thing? I’m trying to find a way to extract data (Sask governement digital material) with a crawler of some sort. At a recent digital preservation conference at the UofA, I heard Geoffrey Harder and Kenton Good talk about Archive-it, along with the main man from the Internet Archive who mentioned it briefly. Basically, it piqued my interest.  Maybe I should make a couple calls.

Gill and Handheld Portal Devices

I just met with Jon Bath from the Digital Research Centre. I couldn’t have better described how we spent our time, so I won’t:

Craig Harkema and I just met to discuss the project we’re doing with U of S Special Collections to create an online archive of all the book illustrations Eric Gill did for the Golden Cockerel Press. Or at least that was the plan — instead we spent some time trying to get various things to run on his laptop so he could give a presentation about the game “Portal”. But once that was done we managed to finalize a timeline for scanning the books and entering all the metadata. Like much of the grunt work underlying the digital humanities it’s not the most fascinating of work, but it will help pay the bills for some student and they’ll get to look at lots of very nice pictures of naked people.”

The last hour or so:

eBooks cataloguing (thank you MarcEdit)

more email

Questions about the Otto Ege medieval manuscripts exhibit, Scattered Leaves, I worked on with a great group of people a few years back. An editor from some hobby printing journal in the UK wants permission to use some photos etc.

Lunch time.


So I’m off to chat about material types designations over coffee. I’ll see if they’ll let me post a pic.

Err, what else? I’ve been looking at the CONTENTdm sites we have set up to see what we can do about search engine optimization. OCLC has a way to harvest archive data (images and metadata from our locally created collections) into WorldCat. One good thing about that is search engines crawl WorldCat, well, some of WorldCat, and it exposes some of our stuff a bit more. I need to make sure the metadata is pretty decent though because it’s moving Dublin Core into a MARCish type format. We shall see.

Oh, and I’ve helped Cheryl with the little green man. Had to be done, he’s nasty and his ears were starting to rub me the wrong way.

Okay, maybe it is done

After running a few errands, hanging out with the boys while my wife was at work, working some more on my paper (no, it’s still not done) and answering some email (a new research project in the works), I am now safely bundled on the couch watching t.v. on the iMac and icing my sore elbow (tendonitis from climbing…dang I’m old). Brain and body are shutting down.

Thanks to all the folks who organized all this–such a great idea. I look forward to browsing the entries tomorrow to see how everyone spent their day.

Evil Empires (Somehow I deleted this post from earlier on)

Just as a follow up to the meeting post:

Karim, Charlene and I met briefly to discuss a research project on material types and how they will influence how researchers will find what they’re looking for (think eBook versus eBook for Kindle, iPad, Sony etc. or eResource versus eJournal etc.). Anyway, the chat turned quickly to the influence of the corporate world on academia. Interesting conversation to have while sipping coffee in a Starbucks located in the library.