This is reposted from the Day of DH 2013 site.
I had hoped to actually be able to post during the Day of DH 2013, but the day quickly got busier than expected, which is normal, and new things popped up, again which is normal. While my work focuses on building and sustaining the full socio-technical needs for scholarly cyberinfrastructure, including data curation and digital libraries and digital humanities work, the parameters and borders and connections for my work have many different threads. This means things change rapidly and, even when they don’t, there’s just a lot going on. I’m not sure of a great way to explain this, so I’ll list a few things. While to list is to limit and that’s not my goal, I do want to give a sampling of activities:
- Discussion on metadata schemes and awesome visualization by Head of Digital Development & Web Services at UF
- Discussion on copyright and validation of item being in the public domain
- Discussion of survey for UF faculty and graduate students regarding data curation
- Discussion and plans for activities with Dr. Simon Liu, Director of the National Agricultural Library, visiting UF this week (I often say that part of me is an agriculture librarian because there are so many synergies and just exact connections with my work; same for Government Documents); this is also connects to the Morrill Act Symposium at UF
- Read Ithaka S+R survey of faculty at UF (specific to UF, in comparison to full survey results)
- Conference call on data curation with the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA); thoughts on data feeds for funded grant projects from office of sponsored research to pre-populate metadata for ease for faculty in adding data
- Follow-up on grant with 90-day closeout notice
- Review of grant budget reports (every 2 weeks, from our wonderful Fiscal Office who create reports that everyone can read and understand, and who assist with any questions, but no questions this time)
- Discussion of timing for a visiting scholar visit to UF and for her presentation
- Discussion of official process paperwork for validating UF-created and released Open Source software
- Discussion and writing for presentation of a paper which happens later this week at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference Proceedings 2013, April 10-13, Indianapolis, IN. The full paper is in the IR@UF: Turning “Views” into “Visits”: How Online Exhibits Can Encourage Collection Awareness and Usage
- Discussion of materials from internal grant on creating non-production materials for digital collections (presentation slide templates, news releases, Wikipedia editing for SEO, user guides, etc.)
There’s a whole lot more, but these are just some of the activities reflected in the 50-ish emails I sent from yesterday (in addition to in-person discussions and phone calls, and emails received without responses being sent). This is by no means comprehensive, but it gives a good sampling of some of the activities in a normal day and of the always-active pace of each day. I’ve stolen this hour to write this, but I do try to make or steal time on a regular basis to write about different happenings on my blog, so this stolen hour is also part of a normal day.