SobekCM’s Community Ecosystems & Socio-Technical Practices

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SobekCM’s Community Ecosystems & Socio-Technical Practices
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Presentation overview
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English
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Sullivan, Mark V.
Taylor, Laurie N.
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Open Repositories 2014 (June 9-13)
George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Helsinki, Finland
Gainesville, FL
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Academic research and cultural heritage institutions in the Caribbean—spanning over one million square miles of water, with hundreds of islands, many countries, and a multiplicity of languages and cultures—have long-standing collaborative relationships for preservation, access, and supporting scholarly activities. The real-world complexities of the Caribbean ecosystem led to collaborative creation of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC, www.dloc.com). The variety, complexity, and diversity of needs across dLOC’s many partners directly supported development of the SobekCM Open Source Software (http://sobekrepository.org). SobekCM developed in collaboration with dLOC’s institutional, scholarly, publishing, and other communities. For data needs, SobekCM is growing across new communities. Activities include collaboration with UF (dLOC Technical Host Partner) Research Computing and the Sunshine State Education & Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA) to integrate SobekCM as a front-end for high-performance and big data computing systems. This presentation will cover SobekCM’s socio-technical (people, policies, procedures) practices for supporting and connecting ecosystems with user-focused development with user communities from galleries, libraries, archives, museums, universities, scholarly groups, publishers, and others, all contributing to the system development, use, and integrated connections with other systems and activities. This includes SobekCM’s integration with rich data support through connection with research computing systems and communities.
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Presentation overview on SobekCM's community ecosystems and socio-technical development practices. Proposal submitted for Open Repositories 2014 (June 9-13, Helsinki, Finland). Conference website: http://or2014.helsinki.fi/

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SobekCM Socio Technical Practices Proposal Submission : Open Repositories 2014 ( June 9 13, Helsinki, Finland) Presenters: Mark V. Sullivan ( marsull@uflib.ufl.edu ) and Laurie N. Taylor ( laurien@ufl.edu ) Abstract : Academic research and cultural heritage institutions in the Caribbean spanning over one million square miles of water, with hundreds of islands, many countries, and a multiplicity of languages and cultures have long standing collaborative relationships for preservation, access, and supporting scholarly activities. The real world complexities of the Caribbean ecosystem led to collaborative creation of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC, www.dloc.com ). The development of the SobekCM Open Source Software ( http://sobekrepository.o rg ). SobekCM communities. For data needs, SobekCM is growing across new communities. Activities include collaboration with UF (dLOC Technical Host Partner) Research Comp uting and the Sunshine State Education & Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA) to integrate SobekCM as a front end for high performance and big data computing systems. This presentation will cover technical (people, policies, procedures) pra ctices for supporting and connecting ecosystems with user focused development with user communities from galleries, libraries, archives, museums, universities, scholarly groups, publishers, and others, all contributing to the system development, use, and i ntegrated connections with other systems and research computing systems and communities. Introduction Academic research and cultural heritage institutions in the Caribbean spanning over one million square miles of water, with hundreds of islands, many countries, and a multiplicity of langu ages and cultures have longstanding collaborative relationships for preservation, access, and supporting scholarly research and teaching. The real world complexities of the Caribbean ecosystem led to collaborative creation of the Digital Library of the Car ibbean (dLOC www.dloc.com directly supported the development of the SobekCM Open Source Software ( http://sobekrepository.org ) Being parallel to and intertwined with the development of dLOC, the SobekCM software relies on user institutional, scholarly, publishing, and other commu nities as well as in collaboration with other groups and systems Currently, t he dLOC and SobekCM communities are expanding with new technologies and communities to meet data needs. This includes recent work to build capacity using SobekCM as a front end to high performance computing systems available at the

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University of Florida (UF is the d LOC Technical Host Partner) and with the Sunshine State Education & Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA) community. This presentation will focus on socio technical (people, policies, procedures) for supporting and connecting repository ecosystems with the example of the SobekCM Open Source repository software and its user focused development with user communities from GLAMs (galleries, libraries, archives, museums), universities, scholarly groups, publishers, and others all contributing to the system development, use, and integrated connections with other systems and through connection with Research Computing systems and communities. : the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is a collaborative digital library with 37 international partner institution s, affiliated partners, publishers, scholars, and other community members who contribute materials and expertise to the shared repository using the SobekCM Open Source software. dLOC partners contribute to and rely on the SobekCM software. dLOC's strong v oice structure dLOC is a collaborative community with institutional partners who defined the shared governance model to support partner needs as well as the shared needs of ma ny related and diverse communities, including scholarly and publisher communities. Created both as a repository and a community for building capacity, dLOC will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2014, and its already major achievements and ongoing activit ies with high levels of growth and development in the community, shared collaborative capacity, and technologies. communities, being born from the work of a group within the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL) and being born from longstanding collaboration across the Caribbean for preservation and access with institutions in many countries and in Florida. dLOC and Sobe collaboration and community with human and technical systems. UF Research Computing and Data The University of Florida (UF) has been a key connector for this work as a technical partner in the Caribbean for many years and technology transitions, including the relatively recent have been in collaboration with and informed by many partnerships. For instance, a s the largest information network in the State of Florida, the UF Libraries have longstanding histories in providing technological infrastru cture for collaborative, geographically diverse projects including dLOC, the Florida Digital Newspaper Library, cooperatives in smaller areas such as creating satellite digitization offices, and collaborative geographically distributed topical projects

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suc h as the Government Documents Digital Library for Federal Depository Libraries in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The uniqueness of these projects and the contributions from their communities provided detailed functional and non functiona l requirements for SobekCM. Supports demanded of these projects include strictly technical features as well as ensured support for scalability, sustai nability, interoperability, individual branding ease of complete online submission and socio technical s upports for collaboration with scholars, curators, and other expert contributors In addition to inter institutional collaboration, SobekCM is part of rich intra institutional collaboration at UF, with the most recent work on integrating data repository s ystems. A s the oldest university in Florida, UF has long traditions of advanced research and strong research entities within it, as with UF Research Computing, and strong ties to larger collaboratives as with the Sunshine State Education & Research Comput ing Alliance (SSERCA). SSERCA is geographically distributed institutions and their resources (high end computing facilities, massive data storage systems, specialized research instruments, and high speed networks). SSERCA, like dLOC, is designed to leverage the connected resources and thereby enable a collective impact that far exceeds the sum of individual parts. ongoing development show the benefits of socio technical activities for activating, bridging, and integrating repository systems, both human and technical. Technical Development Practices As SobekCM passes its eighth year of development and enters its third year as open source software, our methods for exploring new ways to keep the system current and relevant are based on community sourcing with direct programmer and developer interaction with members of the community, keeping the system focused on community, loc al needs while ensuring wide, global access supporting millions of user views each month. Development has increasingly emphasized ease of customization, simplicity of set up, and increasing the extensibility to encourage adoption. This work has empowered t he community with increasing independence and self reliance as well as increasing integration into other systems and practices as several of the institutions for which the university originally hosted materials have adopted, customized, and integrated the system locally In order to serve researchers and communities, SobekCM increasingly add s and integrate s innovative features as demonstrated by the fully on line creation of materials the new geographic module (including geo placement of map overlays and points of interest) and structural metadata module UF is adding dataset support, a local authority system to enable linked data, and ability to easily link materials into the Common Core Standards taxonomy. Other community members are expanding support for oral histories (both display and creation), gh end GIS related needs, further enhanced proj ect tracking for curation, and more. These new features

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are made possible by other community members continuing to actively engage with a wide variety of contributions, from technical through testing and informed feedback on local and larger community nee ds. With user and community engagement at such a high level developers benefit from abundant and direc t insight into community needs and from the opportunities made technical practices which engage across community ecosystems