From June through December 2014, I served as the metadata intern at the American Museum of Natural History Research Library, working on their CLIR Hidden Collections project. My primary responsibility was evaluating archival content management systems to determine the best way to manage both EAD and EAC-CPF records. I mostly looked at ArchivesSpace, Access to Memory (AtoM), and xEAC.
I wrote a blog post about my work:
As somewhat-early adopters of the EAC-CPF schema the museum is a few steps ahead of the leading software applications for archives. Our robust records, created via Excel macros and stored on shared network drives, are waiting for a good home where they can interact with other archival records and help link together collections housed in various divisions within the museum. That potential repository is currently being built in some form or another, and it’s not yet ready for move-in. A couple of these applications get us some of the way there, so it’s possible that we may have to get creative with customizations, foot the bill for the development of new features, or link two systems together in order to firmly establish a place for our stuff.
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
The ARChive of Contemporary Music website features many image galleries depicting items from the collection, including great album and book covers, 45-rpm adaptors, punk flyers and more. Since the launch of the site in May 2014, web traffic to the galleries has been relatively low, about a third of the number of users that hit the homepage. The ARC’s social media posts also have relatively low reach and low engagement (e.g., average interaction per tweet = 1).
As an ARC employee and the developer of the ARC website, I thought that by repurposing interesting, fun, and quirky digital content in the context of social media, perhaps we could better engage followers, attract new users, and drive new traffic to the site, potentially attracting new donors to the non-profit archive.
This was my idea when I was dreaming up a final project for LIS 664 – Programming for Cultural Heritage. By the end of the semester, I had written some Python scripts that, in conjunction with free web services, allowed me to put this idea to the test. Continue reading Tumblr Image Bot: A friendly social media robot