Category Archives: General

Large collections in JS in the browser

Developers from the New York Times have released some open source software meant for displaying and managing large digital content collections, and doing so client-side, in the browser with JS. Developed for journalism, this has some obvious potential relevance to … Continue reading

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“You build it, you run it”

I have seen several different approaches to division of labor in developing, deploying, and maintaining web apps. The one that seems to work best to me is when the same team responsible for developing an app is the team responsible … Continue reading

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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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