Category: Resources

Resource: Aggregator ― A WordPress Plugin

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I’ve been working and writing a lot lately about using the web annotation tool for public scholarship. It has a lot of cool uses ― not only the collaborative annotation of individual web pages, but also the creation of a public research notebook, and the possibility of linking with other apps through the use of their open API.

Based on that work, I’ve created a few tools to help people make fuller use of in their work as public scholars. The first is a Python script that collects annotations (by user, by tag, or both) and converts them to clean MarkDown text, for use in a blog. The second is Pypothesis, a Python module for writing programs that interact with the API.

More recently, I’ve created a WordPress plugin called Aggregator, which will allow WordPress users ― bloggers, teachers, and students alike ― to collect their own annotations, annotations on a topic of interest, or annotations from/about a class, and present them in a page or post on the WordPress platform. It’s easy to install, easy to use, and (I hope) will be of value to students, scholars, teachers, and writers.

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Resource: Supporting Client-side API and Linked Data Consumption

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In my post on consuming of linked data using Javascript, I talked about a couple technologies that are critical to being able to use linked data in client-side applications. Making an API or linked data friendly for client-side consumers requires support for a variety of technologies. In this post, I’m going to explore key technologies for supporting client-side applications.

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Resource: Are You For Real? Exploring Virtual Reality Within The Academic Setting

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Virtual reality is all the rage these days, with options ranging from complete virtual worlds real or imagined, to new programs that allow users to conduct surgery on digital patients. According to Educause, VR “uses visual, auditory, and sometimes other sensory inputs to create an immersive, computer-generated environment. VR headsets fully cover users’ eyes and often ears, immersing the user in the digital experience”

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Resource: Pleiades Downloads

From the site:

Pleiades gives scholars, students, and enthusiasts worldwide the ability to use, create, and share historical geographic information about the ancient world in digital form…Regularly updated exports (“dumps”) of the published items in the Pleiades dataset may be downloaded in four different formats as described below.

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Resource: fuzzr: Fuzz-Test your R Functions

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I’ve just released a new package on CRAN: fuzzr

R’s dynamic typing can be both blessing and curse. One drawback is that a function author must decide how to check which inputs should be accepted, and which should throw warnings or errors.

fuzzr helps you to check how cleanly and informatively your function responds to a range of unexpected inputs.

Source: Resource: fuzzr: Fuzz-Test your R Functions

Resource: A Novice’s Intro to XSLT

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In a post at the ACRL TechConnect Blog, Eric Phetteplace (California College of Arts) provides a tutorial on eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT). In the tutorial, Phetteplace gives his description of what XSLT is and how it can be used, and offers a step-by-step method for a MODS-to-Dublin-Core metadata transformation, including links to his complete XSLT designed for the task on GitHub.

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Resource: hypothesisr: R,, and Automating GitHub Issue Generation

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The web annotation layer has a relatively simple API for searching, creating, reading, updating, and deleting annotations.
As a personal coding exercise, I just completed an R wrapper for interacting with this API: hypothesisr

You can read about the package’s capabilities more in-depth on its GitHub page.
However, in this post I wanted to demonstrate using hypothesisr along with another R wrapper for the GitHub API as a way of harvesting annotations to create project repo issues.

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Resource: Finding the Public Domain: Copyright Review Management System Toolkit

From the Toolkit:

This toolkit describes our effort to conduct copyright review of books at a large scale. As you read this toolkit, you may notice some things you would change. We encourage you to identify such opportunities for improvement. This project is the product of evolving tools, staff changes, policy, and practical day-to-day decisions. The CRMS toolkit is meant to make copyright review more accessible to anyone who chooses to take up this work, but it is not meant to circumscribe the activity.

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