In the feedback provided to Library IT, we heard from clients you would like to know about technology-related initiatives other units are working on. In response to this feedback we are starting a new column in our monthly newsletter — shining the spotlight on the work of our partners and colleagues. The inaugural article is by Joshua Dull, Digital Scholarship Support Specialist, with his solution for aggregating many calendars into one. If you would like to learn more about contributing an article to the Library IT monthly newsletter, please contact Lise Gazzillo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do you look for information on workshops happening at Yale? Maybe the main campus calendar? But that doesn’t hold library events. Perhaps the Yale University Library (YUL) Instructional calendar? But that doesn’t include events from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. In reality, there are many calendar systems in use at Yale and none of them capture a complete picture of workshops and instruction happening on campus. One goal of Digital Scholarship Services was to create an aggregated calendar of workshops on campus relating to Digital Scholarship topics including programming, data visualization, GIS, research computing, and many other areas. Naturally, this includes events inside and outside of the library and pulling from multiple campus calendar systems.
The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library had previously deployed fullcalendar on their website and served as a model for this initial deployment. Version 1.0 of the aggregated calendar lives on the Research Data Consultation Group (RDCG) Drupal site (https://researchdata.yale.edu/training-calendar) and pulls together events from YUL including the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Yale Center for Research Computing. This required some pre-processing of the calendar data behind the scenes via python scripts running on a separate server. While not an elegant solution, this allowed us to get the calendar online quickly and work within the limitations of an existing Drupal site.
For more information, you can contact Joshua Dull, Digital Scholarship Support Specialist at Joshua.Dull@Yale.edu.