- THATCamp Canberra by Conal Tuohy
- Canberra Research Week by Yvonne Perkins
- Bulk harvesting of newspaper articles from Trove on MacOS 10.9 or 10.10 using Retailer – Instructions by Steve Leahy
The following is a cut-and-paste from my blog entry on this subject 🙂
Conal Tuohy (@conal_tuohy) presented a session at THATCamp Canberra 2014 on Retailer, an interface tool he’s developing to provide the National Library of Australia's Trove service with an Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting-compliant interface.
The aim of the session was to get attendees to install Retailer on their laptops and then perform some searches.
It turned out that installing Retailer on the Mac laptops present wasn’t quite as straight-forward as might have been hoped (the linux-heads present had no such problems).
During the session, we worked out a procedure that does work for users of MacOS 10.9 (Mavericks) and MacOS 10.10 (Yosemite). This procedure is explained, step-by-step, below. Please read through these instructions in their entirety before you try to install Retailer on your Mac, so that you don’t make incorrect assumptions about the following steps 🙂 Please note that I’m going to make the following assumptions:
tar -xvf ~/Downloads/apache-tomcat-8.0.14.tar.gz --gunzip cp ~/Downloads/retailer.war apache-tomcat-8.0.14/webapps/ unzip -j ~/Downloads/joai_v126.96.36.199.zip joai_v188.8.131.52/oai.war -d apache-tomcat-8.0.14/webapps
java version "1.8.0_25" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_25-b17) Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.25-b02, mixed mode)
Using CATALINA_BASE: /Users/Shared/apache-tomcat-8.0.14 Using CATALINA_HOME: /Users/Shared/apache-tomcat-8.0.14 Using CATALINA_TMPDIR: /Users/Shared/apache-tomcat-8.0.14/temp Using JRE_HOME: /Library/Java/JavaVirtualMachines/jdk1.8.0_25.jdk/Contents/Home Using CLASSPATH: /Users/Shared/apache-tomcat-8.0.14/bin/bootstrap.jar:/Users/Shared/apache-tomcat-8.0.14/bin/tomcat-juli.jar Tomcat started.
open -a TextEdit apache-tomcat-8.0.14/webapps/retailer/WEB-INF/web.xml
to open the file in TextEdit. Replace the text “INSERT TROVE API KEY HERE” with your Trove API key.
Now you need to add an additional parameter, to tell Retailer that you’re going to use it to perform Trove searches. Add the following lines just before the <servlet> line:
<context-param> <param-name>xslt</param-name> <param-value>trove.xsl</param-value> </context-param>
Save the file and exit TextEdit.
Please note that unless you specifically turn it off, the Tomcat server will continue running until your computer is shut down or rebooted; even if you log out and log in as a different user, the Tomcat server will continue running. You can turn it off by typing
into the Terminal window.
After an excellent scheduling session we now have a full day and a half of THATCamping ahead.
Check out the program here: http://bit.ly/thatcamp-canberra-2014-schedule
I’m interested in the potential of Bots, specifically Twitter bots, to mobilise cultural collections by moving them into spaces where people already are. My first bot, @TroveNewsBot not only tweets random newspaper articles from Trove, it responds to other users, and interacts with the current news headlines. You can read more here and here.
In recent months @TroveNewsBot has been joined by a number of other collection bots, most tweeting random items. Steve Lubar has argued that these random selections help expose the constructed nature of collections:
The museumbot calls attention to the necessity of making choices. The vast difference between its random choice and what I see in the museum points out that the choices have been made.
But can bots do more? Mark Sample, digital humanist and bot maker extraordinaire, recently wrote an essay that explored the possibilities of protest bots or ‘bots of conviction’:
protest bots take a stand. Society being what it is, this stance will likely be unpopular, perhaps even unnerving. Just as the most affecting protest songs made their audiences feel uncomfortable, bots of conviction challenge us to consider our own complicity in the wrongs of the world
At THATCamp I’d like to discuss the possibilities of bots, and to think about ways we might respond to Mark Sample’s call for bots of conviction.
A quick, last-minute proposal for a ‘play’ session, just to engage some expertise and find out how ‘quick’ cooperative work is (and how good the Wikipedia engine is).
Wikipedia is the pre-eminent example of a wiki – software providing a place for co-operative development of content on a given subject – writing it and changing it. In this session we would
1) select a Wikipedia article to edit
2) individuals or ad hoc groups edit that article (at this point separately i.e. save rather than publish)
3) compare our edits
It would be interesting to see how people combine their expertise in a (non-competitive) way to edit something quickly. The first challenge of this game would be in selecting a suitable article – presumably one for which at least one participant has expert knowledge. Given that ‘camp’ participants in general are self-selected for interest both in humanities and in technology the available fields will be many. Though even this natural assumption of a good starting point could be dumped if we feel like it. But contributions to the development / changes to the article should be made by everyone, not just the main subject-matter expert(s) (if any have been identified).
NB. Should also discuss if time that fact that we would not in fact be replicating the collaborative paradigm of Wikipedia articles, as we will all be in the same room and talking.
The unconference part of THATCamp Canberra kicks off tomorrow morning. Hopefully the workshops today will have inspired some ideas, or raised some new problems you’d like to discuss. If so, propose a session! Either login to the site and add a post, or bring your idea along to the scheduling session.
Remember, you don’t have to be an expert in the topic you propose. Some of the best discussions start with a problem or a question.
And if you’ve got something you’d like to share but don’t think it’s enough for a whole session — remember we’ll also have a series of lightning talks or Speedos after lunch. Show off your latest projects or a favourite website — it’s up to you (as long as it only takes 3 minutes)!
— Tim Sherratt (@wragge) October 31, 2014
I am responsible for the Australian Paralympic history project. This is a wide-ranging project which seeks to capture, manage and preserve the history of the Paralympic movement in Australia. The attached document gives you an overview of what we are trying to do.
With very limited resources, we rely on partnerships with experts (such as the NLA) and volunteers (such as a group of Wikipedia editors). We are also lucky to be working with the Uni of Qld, which has received an ARC Linkage grant for the project.
However, the big challenge is to create a vehicle which will draw together all the elements of the project and make them available to anyone who wants to access them or who wants to contribute. We have a general concept of an online platform, or “e-history”, but at present these seem to be more limited in scope and don’t necessarily offer the capacity to access the detail we are assembling through our project.
I am sure that we would not be the only community organisation in such a position and looking to tell its story and preserve its history effectively, at a reasonable (haha – minimal) cost.
At the same time as our history is important the Australian Paralympic Committee, it intersects with the “bigger pictures” of Australian society and its history that are being painted by organisations such as the NLA.
***NOTE: I don’t want to facilitate this as I don’t have the mapping experience, I am just interested in this area***
I would like to see a session please on how you could use maps (with layers of information) to explore an Australian historical debate/event that is spatial/locational in nature (on Saturday not Sunday as I can’t attend on Sun). Perhaps Paul Hagon could lead this and Tim Sherratt, being a historian, could identify a suitable example?
Check out this link as an example – examining what happened on the Battle of Gettysburg spatially (via a 3D model of the landscape using contour plans) actually proved finally, after years of debate amongst historians, that General Lee lost the battle because he lacked crucial visibility of key areas of the battlefield.