Author Archives: jrochkind

Thank you again, Edward Snowden

According to this Reuters article, the NSA intentionally weakened encryption in popular encryption software from the company RSA. They did this because they wanted to make sure they could continue eavesdropping on us all, but in the process they made … Continue reading

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Academic freedom in Israel and Palestine

While I mostly try to keep this blog focused on professional concerns, I do think academic freedom is a professional concern for librarians, and I’m going to again use this platform to write about an issue of concern to me. On December … Continue reading

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“users hate change”

A reddit comment with no particularly significant context: Would be really interesting to put a number on “users hate change”. Based on my own experience at a company where we actually researched this stuff, the number I would forward is 30%. … Continue reading

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blacklight_advanced_search 5.0.0 released for blacklight 5.x

blacklight_advanced_search 5.0.0 has been released. https://github.com/projectblacklight/blacklight_advanced_search If you were previously using the gem directly from it’s github repo on the ‘blacklight5′ branch, recommend you switch to using the released gem instead, with a line in your Gemfile like this: gem … Continue reading

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“Code as Research Object”

Mozilla Science Lab, GitHub and Figshare team up to fix the citation of code in academia Academia has a problem. Research is becoming increasingly computational and data-driven, but the traditional paper and scientific journal has barely changed to accommodate this growing … Continue reading

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traject, blacklight, and crazy facet tricks

So in our Blacklight-based catalog, we have a facet/limit for “Location”, that is based on the collection/location codes from holdings, and is meant to limit to just items held a particular sub-library of our Hopkins-wide system. We’ve gotten a new … Continue reading

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Agility vs ‘agile’

Yes, more of this please. From Dave Thomas, one of the originators of the ‘agile manifesto’, who I have a newfound respect for after reading this essay. Agile Is Dead (Long Live Agility) However, since the Snowbird meeting, I haven’t … Continue reading

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Another gem packaging of chosen.js for rails asset pipeline

chosen-rails already existed as a gem to package chosen.js assets for the Rails asset pipeline. But I was having trouble getting it to work right, not sure why, but it appeared to be related to the compass dependency. The compass … Continue reading

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vendor optical disc format promoted as ‘archival’?

Anyone in the digital archivist community want to weigh in on this, or provide  citations to reviews or evaluations? I’m not sure exactly who the market actually is for these “Archival Discs.” If it was actually those professionally concerned with … Continue reading

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A Proquest platform API

We subscribe to a number of databases via Proquest. I wanted an API for having my software execute fielded searches against a Proquest a database — specifically Dissertations and Theses in my current use ase — and get back structured … Continue reading

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