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  • Uncategorized – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    command is given below Go to Step 4 for all sets Each repository may include many sets which is a cool OAI feature Harvest and index all sets Enhance the Portal Go to Step 10 on a regular basis OAI content is expected to evolve over time Go to Step 1 on a less regular basis Not only does content change but the way it is described evolves as well Harvesting and indexing is a never ending process Ingredients I use the following Linux ingredients to help me through the process of harvesting and indexing I initialize things with a couple of environment variables I use full path names whenever possible because I don t know where I will be in the file system and the VUFIND HOME environment variable sometimes gets in the way Ironic configure first the name of the repository and then a sample metadata file NAME luc FILE 1455898167 lucoai coll25 55 xml re initialize rm rf usr local vufind2 local harvest NAME delete rm rf usr local vufind2 local harvest NAME delete an unfinished homemade Perl script to remove content from Solr usr local vufind2 crra crra scripts bin solr delete pl harvest do the first part of the work cd usr local vufind2 harvest php harvest oai php NAME test XSL output clear cd usr local vufind2 import php import xsl php test only usr local vufind2 local harvest NAME FILE NAME properties index do the second part of the work usr local vufind2 harvest batch import xsl sh NAME NAME properties Using the recipe and these ingredients I am usually able to harvest and index content from a new repository a few hours Of course it all depends on the number of sets in the repository the number of items in each set as well as the integrity metadata itself Ruminations As I have alluded to in a previous blog posting the harvesting and indexing of OAI content is not straight forward In my particular case the software is not to blame No the software is very well written I don t take advantage of all of the software s features though but that is only because I do not desire to introduce any isms into my local implementation Specifically I do not desire to mix PHP code with my XSL routines Doing so seems too much like Fusion cuisine The challenge in this process is both the way Dublin Core is used as well as the data itself For example is a PDF document a type of text Sometimes it is denoted that way There are dates in the metadata but the dates are not qualified Date published Date created Date updated Moreover the dates are syntactically different 1995 1995 01 12 January 1995 My software is stupid and or I don t have the time to normalize everything for each and every set Then there are subjects Sometimes they are Library of Congress headings Sometimes they are just keywords Sometimes there are multiple subjects in the metadata and they are enumerated in one field delimited by various characters Sometimes these multiple subject headings are manifested as multiple dc subject elements Authors creators present a problem First name last Last name first Complete with birth and death dates Identifiers Ack Sometimes they include unique codes things akin to URIs Cool Sometimes identifiers are URLs but most of the time these URLs point to splash pages of content management systems Rarely do the identifiers point the item actually described by the metadata And then there out out errors For example description elements containing URLs pointing to image files Actually none of this is new Diane Hillmann friends encountered all of these problems on a much grander scale through the National Science Foundation s desire to create a digital library Diane s entire blog Metadata Matters is a cookbook for resolving these issues but in my way of boiling everything done to their essentials the solution is two fold 1 mutual agreements on how to manifest metadata and 2 the writing of more intelligent software on my part Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on February 21 2016 Categories Uncategorized CRRA Update Fall 2015 CRRA Update Fall 2015 September October November please see the PDF for the more visually rich version Feature Article Interview with Jim McCartin From the Board Committee Briefs Liaisons Newsletter DAC Welcome to New Members New Leadership on Membership Scholars and Liaisons Collections Committee Tech Corner Exporting MARC Records to CRRA Workflow Collection Highlights 500 Years of Teresa de Ávila News from Our Members CUA Archives A Conference for Teachers and Archivists Ithaka Religious Studies Survey Marian Library 2016 Aggiornamento Award Winner Institute for Research Design in Librarianship Call for Applications News from CRRA CRRA s Spring 2016 Annual Meeting Catholic Portal Program Update New Additions Opportunities for Member Participation Licensing e Resources through SCELC Look In Your Clip Files It s Catholic History Save the Date USD Symposium The Promise of the Vatican Library International Conference Pre IFLA Satellite Program Author Rose Fortier Posted on December 8 2015 December 22 2015 Categories Uncategorized Updates Interview with Jim McCartin Fordham University Jim McCartin Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University joins us for a discussion of his research and the role CRRA has played in shaping and abetting his scholarly work His book Prayers of the Faithful The Shifting Spiritual Life of American Catholics came out in 2010 and explores prayer in the lives of American Catholics from the 1860s to the 1980s His current project is the book American Catholics and Sex from the 1830s to the 1980s What is your current area of research I m currently working on a book project on the history US Catholics and sex from the 1830s to the 1980s The study begins with early nineteenth century European Catholic immigrants and the anxieties they provoked among non Catholics concerned that Catholics were sexual deviants because

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  • The Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    them what books the Jesuits collected provenance marks could reveal from where the books came The inside covers of books collected by Jesuit can have bookplates stamps and sometimes surprising marginalia From The Spirit of Popery n d By utilizing the freely accessible online social media image sharing platform Flickr the Provenance Project seeks to create a participatory community of students bibliographers academics private collectors alumni and others interested in the origin and history of Jesuit collected books A photostream within the Provenance Project Flickr site allows visitors to scroll through all of the pictures that have been uploaded while commenting and tagging functions provide the opportunity to share their own knowledge about specific images For example visitors can contribute transcriptions of inscriptions especially ones written in messy or illegible hands translations of words and passages in foreign languages and identifications of former individual and institution owners Not only does the Flickr site provide a visual index of the rich variety of works held by a late nineteenth century Jesuit college library but it also inspires reflection and scholarship on the importance of print to Catholic intellectual literary and spiritual life The Provenance Project also encourages undergraduate and graduate students to undertake mentored primary source research on the history of individual books as well as broader themes in Catholic and book history Their findings are shared with the public in a variety of ways One of the rooms in the Summer 2014 exhibition Crossings and Dwellings Restored Jesuits Women Religious American Experience 1814 2014 at the Loyola University Museum of Art LUMA featured original library books selected by graduate students and accompanied by interpretative labels they wrote Student interns regularly contribute original scholarship to the Provenance Project s website as well as to the June 2015 issue of the Catholic Library World on the Digital Future of Jesuit Studies Citation The Digital Future of Jesuit Studies Catholic Library World 85 4 June 2015 240 259 They have also given talks on their research at conferences such as the annual meeting of the American Catholic Historical Association The 2014 commemoration of the bicentennial of the restoration of the Society of Jesus has brought renewed scholarly to nineteenth century Jesuits The work of Provenance Project interns is actively contributing to that resurgence of interest The Flickr photostream for the Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project As of February 2016 students have tracked down all of the surviving books from the list of 1750 titles and are in the process of discerning how many of these titles are actual matches for those in the original catalog The answer appears to be the vast majority making for a much higher survival rate than initially expected The team recently posted its 5000th image to the Flickr archive and still has many more images to upload over the coming months Images on Flickr have also been usefully organized into albums either by nature of provenance mark stamp bookplate part of book illustrations endpapers binding or division of the

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  • Interview with Michael Skaggs – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    might shape my research projects to benefit from digitization in the future Since most of my sources are not yet digitized it s been wonderful to look ahead and consider what might reasonably be digitized in the future and the scholarly community that will arise around those sources It s exciting to think about being part of a conversation that more and more people enter as sources open up to easy access from afar What is the most exciting surprising source you ve been able to get access to for your research I have to point to the old school method of research for this one too because Cincinnati doesn t get the attention it really ought to a lot of Catholic scholarship has been focused to this point on more important places in the American Church So the biggest and most impressive collections that CRRA catalogs come from elsewhere an imbalance that CRRA is sure to fix in coming years and as more and more diocesan archives get involved But I would say the most exciting or one of the most exciting sources has been The American Israelite which was published by and for American Reform Jews It s fully digitized but only accessible in certain locations a prime opportunity for CRRA since the Israelite reported on things Catholic quite often The American Israelite points up the potential of partnerships between the academy and religious institutions While no small project that one newspaper presented a relatively straightforward digitization task And many organizations would only be too happy to let CRRA digitize their materials if the funding is available and it can be done in a reasonable amount of time Furthermore CRRA has utilized an excellent strategy of asking scholars themselves what they need access to as this provides a clear if not concise idea of sources that might be targeted for digitization Most scholars with particular research projects can identify exactly which collections it would be useful to digitize which makes the process manageable even if not all that easy From there related collections can be identified for future scholars who aren t working with them just yet or individual archives can propose collections that really ought to be made digital and so on It pretty plainly represents the future and I m happy to know CRRA is working hard to get ahead of the game What do you wish you could have access to but is currently unavailable I sound like a broken record whenever I m asked this in CRRA conversations fully digitized diocesan newspapers from across the United States I think that would open up research fields historians have not even begun to consider especially since having all of that information readily available would really help us uncover the complexity of American Catholicism from place to place Many dioceses have the entire run of their newspaper preserved in some cases very well so A program just for diocesan archives and especially their newspapers would be a

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  • Newspapers – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    source you ve been able to get access to for your research I have to point to the old school method of research for this one too because Cincinnati doesn t get the attention it really ought to a lot of Catholic scholarship has been focused to this point on more important places in the American Church So the biggest and most impressive collections that CRRA catalogs come from elsewhere an imbalance that CRRA is sure to fix in coming years and as more and more diocesan archives get involved But I would say the most exciting or one of the most exciting sources has been The American Israelite which was published by and for American Reform Jews It s fully digitized but only accessible in certain locations a prime opportunity for CRRA since the Israelite reported on things Catholic quite often The American Israelite points up the potential of partnerships between the academy and religious institutions While no small project that one newspaper presented a relatively straightforward digitization task And many organizations would only be too happy to let CRRA digitize their materials if the funding is available and it can be done in a reasonable amount of time Furthermore CRRA has utilized an excellent strategy of asking scholars themselves what they need access to as this provides a clear if not concise idea of sources that might be targeted for digitization Most scholars with particular research projects can identify exactly which collections it would be useful to digitize which makes the process manageable even if not all that easy From there related collections can be identified for future scholars who aren t working with them just yet or individual archives can propose collections that really ought to be made digital and so on It pretty plainly represents the future and I m happy to know CRRA is working hard to get ahead of the game What do you wish you could have access to but is currently unavailable I sound like a broken record whenever I m asked this in CRRA conversations fully digitized diocesan newspapers from across the United States I think that would open up research fields historians have not even begun to consider especially since having all of that information readily available would really help us uncover the complexity of American Catholicism from place to place Many dioceses have the entire run of their newspaper preserved in some cases very well so A program just for diocesan archives and especially their newspapers would be a fantastic way to bring these sources into the mainstream of academic research especially those smaller or less important dioceses that historians haven t thought of yet I also think that archival sources on parish histories are a goldmine yet to be tapped by most scholars The problem here is accessibility or even knowing where they are kept more than once I have run into a parish saying their materials are held at the diocesan archives while the diocesan archivist says

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  • Updates – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    CRRA is in a great place to help through utilizing scholars needs and wants to identify catalog and digitize collections Author Rose Fortier Posted on February 23 2016 March 9 2016 Categories Newspapers Updates CRRA Update Fall 2015 CRRA Update Fall 2015 September October November please see the PDF for the more visually rich version Feature Article Interview with Jim McCartin From the Board Committee Briefs Liaisons Newsletter DAC Welcome to New Members New Leadership on Membership Scholars and Liaisons Collections Committee Tech Corner Exporting MARC Records to CRRA Workflow Collection Highlights 500 Years of Teresa de Ávila News from Our Members CUA Archives A Conference for Teachers and Archivists Ithaka Religious Studies Survey Marian Library 2016 Aggiornamento Award Winner Institute for Research Design in Librarianship Call for Applications News from CRRA CRRA s Spring 2016 Annual Meeting Catholic Portal Program Update New Additions Opportunities for Member Participation Licensing e Resources through SCELC Look In Your Clip Files It s Catholic History Save the Date USD Symposium The Promise of the Vatican Library International Conference Pre IFLA Satellite Program Author Rose Fortier Posted on December 8 2015 December 22 2015 Categories Uncategorized Updates CRRA Update Summer 2015 CRRA Update Summer 2015 June July August please see the PDF for the more visually rich version In this issue From the Board From the CRRA Highlights from the CRRA Symposium From the CRRA Younger and Lawton Present Building a Catholic News Archive at the Catholic Media Conference June 25 in Buffalo DAC Committee Brief Building the Catholic Portal It Takes a Village Membership Committee Brief Welcome to the Catholic Peacebuilding Network LibGuides Sub Committee Brief Tech Corner Changes to the CRRA website News from Our Members Two Members Win 2015 ALA John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards For Your Consideration Save the Date Author Rose Fortier Posted on November 30 2015 November 30 2015 Categories Updates CRRA Update Spring 2015 CRRA Update Spring 2015 March April May please see the PDF for the more visually rich version In this issue CRRA Symposium and Annual Meeting June 1 2 at Catholic Theological Union Chicago From the Board Committee Briefs DAC Committee Brief Membership Committee Brief Tech Corner Successes in ICON Ingestion News from Our Members Ximena Valdivia Barry University Presents on CRRA to the Florida Chapter of ATLA and the Catholic Library Association Annual Meeting in Orlando CUA Archives The Boston College Jesuit Bibliography The New Summervogel Announcements from Georgetown Collection Highlights Collection Highlights Liturgical Art Collection USD Symposium CRRA Website Statistics First Quarter 2015 January 1 March 31 Heads Up Jennifer Younger Pat Lawton and Megan Bernal DePaul University will discuss digitizing and archiving Catholic newspapers at the Catholic Media Conference Laverna Saunders Rob Behary Tom White Duquesne and Pat Lawton CRRA will present Digitizing Catholic Newspapers Visions and Process Gumberg Library at Duquesne University seeks a Digital Scholarship Librarian Save the Date June 1 2 2015 10 Continue reading CRRA Update Spring 2015 Author Josh Dinsman Posted on November 30

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  • OAI and VuFind: Notes to self in the form of a recipe – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    a cool OAI feature Harvest and index all sets Enhance the Portal Go to Step 10 on a regular basis OAI content is expected to evolve over time Go to Step 1 on a less regular basis Not only does content change but the way it is described evolves as well Harvesting and indexing is a never ending process Ingredients I use the following Linux ingredients to help me through the process of harvesting and indexing I initialize things with a couple of environment variables I use full path names whenever possible because I don t know where I will be in the file system and the VUFIND HOME environment variable sometimes gets in the way Ironic configure first the name of the repository and then a sample metadata file NAME luc FILE 1455898167 lucoai coll25 55 xml re initialize rm rf usr local vufind2 local harvest NAME delete rm rf usr local vufind2 local harvest NAME delete an unfinished homemade Perl script to remove content from Solr usr local vufind2 crra crra scripts bin solr delete pl harvest do the first part of the work cd usr local vufind2 harvest php harvest oai php NAME test XSL output clear cd usr local vufind2 import php import xsl php test only usr local vufind2 local harvest NAME FILE NAME properties index do the second part of the work usr local vufind2 harvest batch import xsl sh NAME NAME properties Using the recipe and these ingredients I am usually able to harvest and index content from a new repository a few hours Of course it all depends on the number of sets in the repository the number of items in each set as well as the integrity metadata itself Ruminations As I have alluded to in a previous blog posting the harvesting and indexing of OAI content is not straight forward In my particular case the software is not to blame No the software is very well written I don t take advantage of all of the software s features though but that is only because I do not desire to introduce any isms into my local implementation Specifically I do not desire to mix PHP code with my XSL routines Doing so seems too much like Fusion cuisine The challenge in this process is both the way Dublin Core is used as well as the data itself For example is a PDF document a type of text Sometimes it is denoted that way There are dates in the metadata but the dates are not qualified Date published Date created Date updated Moreover the dates are syntactically different 1995 1995 01 12 January 1995 My software is stupid and or I don t have the time to normalize everything for each and every set Then there are subjects Sometimes they are Library of Congress headings Sometimes they are just keywords Sometimes there are multiple subjects in the metadata and they are enumerated in one field delimited by various characters Sometimes these

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  • Eric Lease Morgan – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Last name first Complete with birth and death dates Identifiers Ack Sometimes they include unique codes things akin to URIs Cool Sometimes identifiers are URLs but most of the time these URLs point to splash pages of content management systems Rarely do the identifiers point the item actually described by the metadata And then there out out errors For example description elements containing URLs pointing to image files Actually none of this is new Diane Hillmann friends encountered all of these problems on a much grander scale through the National Science Foundation s desire to create a digital library Diane s entire blog Metadata Matters is a cookbook for resolving these issues but in my way of boiling everything done to their essentials the solution is two fold 1 mutual agreements on how to manifest metadata and 2 the writing of more intelligent software on my part Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on February 21 2016 Categories Uncategorized Technical support and the Catholic Portal This text documents the technical support required to keep the Catholic Portal running smoothly In a nutshell it falls into three categories assisting CRRA members in making their metadata available harvesting and indexing member metadata maintaining the Portal s software Continue reading Technical support and the Catholic Portal Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on January 15 2013 February 24 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips Indexing EAD files again I have spent some time re indexing EAD files for the Catholic Portal and you can see the fruits of these initial labors on line The text below describes one solution to the indexing challenges This is implementation is not the answer but rather a proposal Continue reading Indexing EAD files again Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on October 9 2012 April 29 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips 2 Comments on Indexing EAD files again Indexing and displaying Encoded Archival Description files This posting muses on how to index and display Encoded Archival Description EAD files in the Catholic Portal of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance The Catholic Portal is essentially an index of two types of metadata 1 records describing individual and discrete items and 2 records describing collections of individual items For the most part the former metadata records are MARC records describing books The later are EAD files describing the holdings of archives Continue reading Indexing and displaying Encoded Archival Description files Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on July 23 2012 February 24 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips My experience with Archivists Toolkit by Adam McGinn July 17 2012 During the last two months I had evaluated Archivists Toolkit for use with the Catholic Portal project Archivists Toolkit is a program suitable for recording and managing archival metadata The program stores metadata in either a remote or local SQL database and also allows exporting to an XML file The documentation for Archivists Toolkit is quite helpful though it is fairly comprehensive and it may be difficult to find how to do something specific I am

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  • CRRA Update Fall 2015 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Workflow Collection Highlights 500 Years of Teresa de Ávila News from Our Members CUA Archives A Conference for Teachers and Archivists Ithaka Religious Studies Survey Marian Library 2016 Aggiornamento Award Winner Institute for Research Design in Librarianship Call for Applications News from CRRA CRRA s Spring 2016 Annual Meeting Catholic Portal Program Update New Additions Opportunities for Member Participation Licensing e Resources through SCELC Look In Your Clip Files It s Catholic History Save the Date USD Symposium The Promise of the Vatican Library International Conference Pre IFLA Satellite Program Author Rose Fortier Posted on December 8 2015 December 22 2015 Categories Uncategorized Updates Post navigation Previous Previous post Interview with Jim McCartin Fordham University Next Next post OAI and VuFind Notes to self in the form of a recipe Categories Announcements 24 Collections 3 Events Meetings 14 Newspapers 2 Tech Issues Tips 47 Uncategorized 7 Updates 45 Search Search for Search Archives February 2016 December 2015 November 2015 June 2013 May 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September

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