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Access 2017 Conference Day 2 Notes Sessions 4-7 #accessYXE

Session 4: IIIF You Can Dream and Not Make Dreams Your Master - IIIF In The Real World - Peter Binkley

IIIF (Triple-I Eff) - provides above the tiled image level, a whole presentation level - a book reader like Internet Archive, but manifest itself is a lovely structured package of info about a digitzed object that can be used for different purposes. Useful beyond the eyecandy of slides.

See http://iiif.io - learn 90% of what you want to know here

About 100 participating institutions in IIIF community like Internet Archive, Getty. Also a github/iiif repository and worth looking in there called awesome-iiif which is the community-maintained list of resources and demos and links, etc.

Goals of IIIF - provide unprecedented level of uniform and rich access to image-based resources for scholars; define APIs that support interoperability between repositories; provides a world-class user experience in viewing, comparing, manipulating, and annotating images. Annotating - very exciting! Use op…

Access 2017 Conference Day 2 Notes Lightning Talks #accessYXE

Slack In/Out Board Integration
White board to keep track of people in/out/messages. Names of retired, people need to be reordered. No indications of when status was made, need to change date, sigh.
/slack emoji puts in your status. Monitoring bot allows you to see server status. Took Slack status with Slack AIP and messaging, can push to web page, new status board as monitor on the wall. Encouraging people to use Slack, date updates automatically, shows time of status update, can be updated remotely.
How works? User updates on slack, moves to campus server visible to outside world
inboard.usask.ca uses server-sent data to grab update.

Making Breaking Up Easier - Krista Godfrey
Change is hard, we can make it easier. UX and usability can help fix - test, test, test. Test always and often. test during RFP, test other instances, training (you are the first tester), sandbox (use staff and users), production (doesn't stop after launch).  Terminology, back end, interface.

Usability/UX tes…

Access 2017 Conference Day 2 Notes Sessions 1-3 #accessYXE

Session 1: The UX of Online Help - Ruby Warren

About 2015-16, web redesign. Back to basics - usability testing was already done, but it was a more fundamental issue. Did interviews about library's website with different user groups - UG, grad students, faculty, regional folks. What they go for, what they do, when it happens. Only when they have a problem that needs fixing and they cannot wait anymore (midnight, weekends, weekend midnights). Needed asynchronous help option. Internally called Help Hub - series of 55 videos and text tutorials arranged according to usergroup (U of Manitoba Libs) built in LibGuides. Usergroup appropriate language.

After 8 months, do they use it? Everybody hates new things. Yes, they did. Spike in September, usage follows pattern of academic year. They're going to it, but does it work? 9 usability tests (high) - ensuring users can get to help area, navigating to tutorials should be intuitive, language makes sense; 35 interviews (12 currently complet…

Access 2017 Conference Day 1 Notes Sessions 8-10 #accessYXE

Session 8: The SIMSSA Project: Search as Access to Digital Music Libraries - Emily Hopkins

Notated music - images of scores, and making them machine readable and searchable. Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis. SSHRC Partnership grant 2014-2021, many international partners.

How it works:
Library Digitizes score
Optical Music Recognition
Music encoding initiative
Music search and analysis

1. How do we access scores? Each library has own scores

IIIF Musiclibs.net gather in one place - over 67,000 documents with more on the way. But just Pictures.

2. How teach computers to read musical scores? XML analog for music is optical music recognition making it machine readable (mp4, or MEI based on TEI that ends itself well to library collections). Commercial options: Sebelius' photoscore designed for standard music scores (not handwritten). Many researchers study chant (Salzinnes Antiphonal) and other less popular forms of writing. A page or two from document to process …

Access 2017 Conference Day 1 #accessYXE Notes Sessions 4-7

Session 4: Excavating the 80s: Strategies for Restoring Digital Artifacts From the First Era of Personal Computing - John Durno

"Avoiding technological quicksand" Rothenberg presentation review: hard copy, standards, computer museums, format migration, emulation. Ultimately he argued all but emulation would be of limited utility.

David Bearman's "Reality and Chimeras in the Preservation of Electronic Records" in 1999 D-Lib. OAIS Functional Model. Rothenberg's emulation still at work - see Internet Archive, see code4lib paper (missed cite), Preserving and Emulating Digital Art Objects (Cornell white paper). Usually case-based choosing whatever works, not prescripted.

Case Study 1: AtariWriter - no modern software that can read or convert. but if you can play games on an old platform, someone has probably written an emulator for it. Locate, install, configure an open source emulator. Tracking down old software not usually that difficult, though legality is un…

Access 2017 Conference Day 1 #accessYXE Notes Sessions 1-3

Dean Melissa L. Just, University of Saskatchewan - Opening Remarks (My Notes)
Hot topics from 19 years ago since last in Saskatchewan: classifying the web for search engine Northern Light; planning for sustainable desktop computing; Z39.50. Here "we come together to discuss current and cutting edge challenges and opportunities."

University library worked in collaboration with others on such projects as Saskatchewan History Online (over 100,000). Indigenous Studies portal, or iPortal, with a number of archival entities (more than 33,000 full text resources focusing on First Nation and indigenous peoples. Also the Our Legacy project, extensive collaboration with various archives, libraries, and historical centers and societies. All made possible from small ideas that were germinated at conferences like this one.

Keynote - Dr. Kimberly Christen "The Trouble with Access"
Director of All the Things (so many my typing fingers couldn't keep up). Cultural heritage and d…