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March 4, 2018 at 10:12 am #875
Hello all, the SAA electronic symposium site is live at https://aejolene.github.io/SAA2018digigovt/.
Even if you didn’t submit an abstract for the in-person session, there are lots of opportunities to contribute. You can submit a full conference paper, a brief blog post, a link to your project, or just answer the survey on the site before April 14. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions. Thanks so much!September 15, 2016 at 12:55 pm #831
Paige- yes. Our site forms have been fully electronic in a relational database since the mid-90s, actually. In this newest iteration of our system, users enter their information directly and also digitize site boundaries (or upload shapefiles) directly. I QC each record in two steps and then assign the site number at the end. As soon as approve it’s all live in the system (and the it checks for required fields before users submit, which is a HUGE time saver). In our old system I used to digitize everything from graphic maps or upload shapefiles from users, so not having to spend time on mapping is also wonderful. Paper site forms are PDF reports generated from the database.September 14, 2016 at 8:20 pm #829
Virginia’s site form process is also fully online. I’m about to redo the user documentation in much more detail, but here’s the very quick user guide (PDF) from 2013 if it’s helpful for anyone.September 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm #827
Although an unlikely source, Atlas Obscura pointed me to these two initiatives for rapid response to disasters. The Copernicus service is through the EU, but it looks like they do make US maps and they could be invaluable in the face of a major weather disaster. Overlaying historic resources to assist responding agencies would be huge.
The NOAA project looks less flexible, but it might be worthwhile to investigate ways to tap into their data. https://gcn.com/articles/2016/08/22/flood-data.aspxSeptember 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm #826
That is the gallery shortcode, actually. So what you see right now is gallery behavior. My other option will be to make a grid and put in the individual objects so I can control them a little better (but that would take longer). Regardless, I can make it work somehow. Thanks, Ethan!August 25, 2016 at 4:55 pm #818
Question for those of you digitizing things- how are you funding your projects?August 25, 2016 at 4:47 pm #817
Thanks to you both for contributing! One of the great things about this Commons group is the ability to set up websites and share documents within. This topic might be a really great candidate for expansion in one of those directions since we’re all continually doing research on the subject. I can’t wait to read more responses.August 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm #807
I’m Jolene Smith, the archaeology data manager (my real title is longer) at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. I’m the SHPO site file manager. I’m interested in digital archives, outreach, data collection, and open government, among lots of other things. I’m active on Twitter and my personal website for archaeological geekery. I started this group after reflecting on the wonderful experience I had sharing information with other site file folks at the DINAA meeting in 2013 and thought it would be great to bring it to the web.July 27, 2016 at 8:57 pm #772
Thank you! I think there’s something basic I’m not understanding about the virtual environment, so I’m reading all those docs now (I’m a beginner at most of this stuff now). When I navigate to those PHP files in browser, it just downloads the files again. Ah, well. Still forging ahead and expecting my breakthrough shortly. Thanks again for your help! It will all fall into place soon.June 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm #719
I have no experience with PostGIS, but in my limited (but rapidly expanding!) experience beyond good old Access, it’s usually a matter of semantics between systems.
Maybe you can create the relationships between tables right in SQL? https://digitalfellows.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2016/04/08/fun-times-with-sqlite-or-a-beginners-tutorial-to-data-management-and-databases-with-sql/ was really helpful to get me started.
I’ve also got http://www.sqlcourse.com/ bookmarked because it looks really promising. Good luck!May 23, 2016 at 8:55 pm #705
Thanks again. Very helpful. I’m at a point now where I’m going to keep at this (although I’ve got so much to figure out). Heroku could work for my demo purposes, but there’s no way I’m going to be able to use it in the end since this is technically state government data and we’ve got very specific [restrictive] security requirements. I’ll see how far I get with non-sensitive data before someone tells me to do otherwise.
I think I’m going to go for CakePHP for now and see what happens.May 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm #702
Thanks, Dan! These are great links. Just what I needed to fill in some skill/understanding gaps. I’ve got some good time today where I can dig into this.May 23, 2016 at 5:30 pm #700
I’m transferring my blog post questions here, since this forum is a little more user friendly for questions and answers.
- Am I in the right place with how I’m using Dublin Core fields? I’ve read a ton, but actually implementing a schema using Dublin Core isn’t covered (because it’s so basic). See scheme linked below.
- Are all of my specialized fields formatted in the most efficient way?
- I’m linking to the DINAA/OC uri for each site. Am I doing this right?
- Do I have to host my front end site on the same server as my KORA repository (currently it’s at MSU)? Or can the front end site be hosted somewhere else?
- What’s my first step in making a frontend using PHP (besides the Codecademy PHP course)?
Dan answered on Twitter already, with a “no” on q. 4 (good news) and advice on PHP frameworks. So I’m going to experiment with those this week.
Thanks!March 16, 2016 at 6:35 pm #604
Thanks to you both! This is all helpful. I’m there with you on the blog posts, as well as the general time management.
[I’m having a hard time working out a good way to stay on top of notifications in the Commons. Emails are now out of spam, but I think I’m going to have to work on some more detailed filters to make sure I see replies to my own posts promptly. Commons is awesome, but I will admit that I do love Slack for granular notification management.]March 4, 2016 at 10:50 pm #586
Re: databases, you are wanting something queryable with images. I’m using KORA, and your data is similar to mine, although mine is related to all kinds of sites, statewide. But it may also work nicely for you.
You’ll want to think about your data types and the kinds of information you want to capture for all the types. It sounds like your information could run the gamut- grey literature, field notes, data about objects. All of those types of information will need different sets of metadata to go with them (or schema, in KORA language). I know you weren’t able to make it to the August workshop, but the tutorial by Katherine Foley for KORA is detailed and wonderful. I’ve gone through it more than once. I have no idea who’s on whose team w/r/t mentoring. So you may already be in touch with Katherine.
Omeka might also be a worthwhile option to investigate. There’s less latitude for how you view the information, but the sites are attractive and it’s easy to set up. You can download it and host it yourself or host it on their server (basic accounts are free). I’m using Omeka for another project that will be more like a digital exhibit.
There are other options, too. These are just the first that came to mind because I have direct experience.
You could do it all DIY in an xml database, but that might take more programming legwork (and, speaking from experience, I know I have to be pragmatic about how much time and effort I can spend on my project in the short-term).
Regardless of what option you choose, you can always get your information out again and translate it into another kind of database.
I hope this is helpful and I’m not telling you anything obvious that you already know!
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