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  • December 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Duplicate records in the Catholic Portal There is some concern about duplicate records in the Catholic Portal and this posting introduces the topic to a wider audience The Catholic Portal is intended to contain links to and content of a rare and infrequently held nature Every once in a while search results return duplicate records For example yesterday it was brought to our attention that there are five records with the title Life Of Mrs Eliza A Seton On one hand few if any of these records are duplicates because between the five of them they are held by two different institutions And each institution owns multiple editions In the sense of a catalog this is perfectly acceptable if not expected On the other hand the Portal is not a catalog but rather an index and each of the five items are really a variation on a theme Should these records be merged Continue reading Duplicate records in the Catholic Portal Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on December 9 2011 February 24 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips Categories Announcements 24 Collections 3 Events Meetings 14 Newspapers 2 Tech Issues Tips 47 Uncategorized 7 Updates 45 Search Search for Search Archives

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  • November 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    the command line would do the trick curl http localhost 8080 solr biblio update commit true H Content Type text xml data binary delete query id unaead query delete In short curl is a command line HTTP client It is being told to first connect to the local host on port 8080 It is then told to find all the records matching the query id unaead and delete them from the index named biblio Once that is done the underlying index is expected to commit the changes Deleting these records took about ten minutes I was then able to use my previously created scripts to harvest validate transform and index the Archives content painlessly It is a pleasure when things work in the way they were designed Now if I could only get my local indexing process to work faster Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on November 11 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips VuStuff II A Travelogue On Wednesday October 12 2011 I had the opportunity to attend and present at the second annual VuStuff meeting held at Falvey Library Villanova University Philadelphia This posting documents my experience there but in a nutshell this small and intimate meeting provided a venue for interesting discussion on the topic of modern librarianship Continue reading VuStuff II A Travelogue Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on November 1 2011 February 24 2013 Categories Events Meetings 1 Comment on VuStuff II A Travelogue CRRA Update Sept Oct 2011 CRRA Update September October 2011 In this update Highlights from the CRRA Board of Directors Request for Member Feedback Letter from the Five Year Strategic Planning Task Force Chair The Catholic Newspapers Task Force Update Collections Committee to Share Collection News via the Update Catholic Pamphlets Digitization Project at the University of Notre Dame

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  • October 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Eric Lease Morgan Posted on October 25 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips 1 Comment on Indexing EAD files in the Catholic Portal with VUFind Advancing Catholic Scholarship Symposium at Duquesne Nov 9 10 Colleagues The registration deadline for this CRRA Duquesne sponsored event is this Friday October 15 2011 We are pleased that many of you have already registered for the event and if you have thought about registering please do so now There is no fee to register The event features Catholic scholars archivists and librarians gathering together to consider the state of Catholic scholarship and how we can act together to advance and enhance freely available global access and discovery of important Catholic resources The event will take place at Duquesne University Pittsburgh on Nov 9 10 We encourage librarians scholars and archivists interested in learning more about opportunities to make scholarly resources accessible to join in and meet new friends and colleagues A full roster of events and registration information is available at http bit ly Duquesne Symposium The registration deadline is this Friday October 15 2011 We hope that you will join us in what promises to be a stimulating and productive conversation about Catholic scholarly research and the ways in which librarians and archivists support this research On behalf of Duquesne University and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance CRRA Jennifer Younger chair Board of Directors at younger 1 nd edu Laverna Saunders University Librarian Gumberg Library Duquesne University at lsaunders duq edu Pat Lawton CRRA Digital Projects Librarian at plawton nd edu Author plawton Posted on October 12 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Announcements Archdiocese of Chicago Last week a number of us visited the archives of the Archdiocese of Chicago and I went away thoroughly impressed Fireproof walls and doors Systematic

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  • September 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    Update Author plawton Posted on September 19 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Updates Progress with statistics reporting Progress is being made when it comes to Catholic Portal VuFind statistics reporting Yesterday I broke down and re wrote my log file import application Instead of parsing the log ingesting the results and then post processing I re wrote the application so it does all of this in one pass I also enhanced the program so it could take command line input Specifically if no arguments are supplied then it will import yesterday s log data Otherwise it expects two inputs 1 a beginning date and 2 an ending date If given these inputs then I can drop the entire database and re create it almost effortlessly The script is called log load pl and it is now running under cron so the database gets updated daily The next step is to create and automate reporting functions I have already created a number of SQL queries They are designed to be run from a shell script which outputs results to plain text files These plain text files are presently put on the Web in a temporary location This process is rather brain dead The next steps will include creating some sort of Web based front end allowing readers increasingly I don t use the word users to complete some sort of form and get real time results Wish me luck Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on September 15 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips 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

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  • August 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    a website The intention and structure of these files is documented at Sitemaps org By exposing a site s content in this way Internet robots spiders can slurp up sitemap files URLs go directly the resources without crawling and index the content found there In short sitemaps make it easier for Internet indexers to do their job Continue reading VUFind and sitemaps Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on August 12 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips How to upgrade VUFind These are notes to myself mostly on how to upgrade VUFind from a local sandbox version to a production version But they are also documented here just in case I win the lottery and start enjoying umbrella drinks on some Caribbean island Continue reading How to upgrade VUFind Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on August 8 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips VUFind version 1 1 or so I believe I have just finished upgrading the production version of VUFind the software driving the Catholic Portal to version RC3107 which is somewhere between version 1 1 and 1 2 This upgrade addresses at least a couple of usability issues specifically wording in regards the linking of online finding aids toggling the check box associated with filters With this version there are also quite a number of additional records in the underlying index around 280 000 This is because the finding aids EAD files have been indexed more completely Next steps include turning on Google site maps to facilitate better SEO search engine optimization installing version 1 2 in the sandbox environment implementing the results of other CRRA member usability studies figuring out how to speed up the indexing process figuring out how to check for valid MARC records and thus paving the way for better automated

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  • June 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    November 9 10 2011 Pittsburgh PA Details at http bit ly lg0oCH Continue reading CRRA May June 2011 Update Author plawton Posted on June 20 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Updates PastPerfect This posting outlines the possibilities for ingesting PastPerfect content into the Catholic Portal As membership in the Catholic Research Resources Alliance CRRA grows so does the number of metadata formats the Catholic Portal is expected to support When the CRRA was just beginning MARC was the predominate metadata format After the content of university archives was recognized as significant EAD became very important Some institutions use neither MARC nor EAD to describe their special collections but instead use systems like ContentDM These sorts of things are often accessible via OAI PMH and thus at the very least harvestable Dublin Core is available In order to support discovery all of these types of metadata need to be parsed mapped to VuFind s underlying Solr schema and indexed Continue reading PastPerfect Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on June 3 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips Categories Announcements 24 Collections 3 Events Meetings 14 Newspapers 2 Tech Issues Tips 47 Uncategorized 7 Updates 45 Search Search for Search Archives

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  • May 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    following tentative list of who will do studies by has been drafted Seton Hall during June July University of Toronto during July August Marquette University during August September Georgetown University during late August early September Catholic Theological Union during September Villanova University during September October Individual committee members are expected to communicate with the committee as a whole by May 27 with more definite commitments For more information about the usability studies see Doing usability against the Catholic Portal Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on May 13 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Tech Issues Tips CRRA Tech This is the home page for a mailing list called CRRA Tech The Catholic Research Resources Alliance CRRA or Catholic Portal brings together data and metadata for the purposes of Catholic research and scholarship This process is facilitated through a number of groups dealing with administrtive issues collection issues metadata issues etc CRRA Tech is a mailing list intended to support and discuss the computer technology issues of the CRRA such as but not limited to the harvesting of content and metadata the validation of content and metadata indexing technologies library discovery systems the programming languages PHP Java Perl and Javascript used log file analysis casscading stylesheets debugging tools the role of open source software etc In short CRRA Tech provides a forum for discussing the computer infrastructure of the Portal If supporting research and scholarship through the use of computer technology is a part of your daily work and if your employer is as member of the CRRA then consider subscribing to CRRA Tech To subscribe address a message to listserv listserv nd edu in the body of the message put subscribe crra tech send it away You ought to get back a couple of confirmations and you will be done Author

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  • April 2011 – Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) Blog
    on these and other news items Author plawton Posted on April 29 2011 February 15 2013 Categories Updates CRRA All Members Meeting A Travelogue Just about this time last week I was attending the CRRA All Members Meeting in Philadelphia March 29 30 2011 This posting documents the experience The Meeting began Tuesday afternoon March 29 at Villanova University where attendees were treated to a number of show tell presentations describing the digital library goings on of the Falvey Library Joseph Lucia began by listing a number of well articulated reasons why open source software is akin to the values of librarianship Most notably he alluded to the Second Enclosure and the very real threats to the public commons Other presentations outlined local digitization efforts using Tesseract their institutional repository implementation scholarly publishing with Open Journal System and their newly released digital library software called VUDL I am continually impressed with the work being done by the folks at Villanova Administration has a vision a plan and puts the plan into practice We do things for the sake of scholarship We collaborate and find partners This approach to digital librarianship seems to me to be the best long term strategy and ensures sustainability It is not so much about getting more money but instead about setting priorities and allocating resources accordingly Continue reading CRRA All Members Meeting A Travelogue Author Eric Lease Morgan Posted on April 5 2011 February 28 2013 Categories Events Meetings Digital Humanities Forum A Travelogue This is the briefest of travelogues a description of what went on at the Digital Humanities Forum February 24 2011 On Thursday February 24 the Hesburgh Libraries and the Catholic Research Resources Alliance CRRA sponsored the Digital Humanities Forum The purpose of the event was to raise the awareness of the

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