November Tech Talks

Come listen to your fellow Library IT colleagues and partners present tech-related projects from around the Library.

This month’s Tech Talks will be Wednesday, November 15th from 3pm-4pm in Bass L01 AB.
The agenda includes:

  • Qualtrics [Sarah Tudesco]
  •  GeoComputation, Big Data & open source GIS [Giuseppe Amatulli, PhD ]
  • Better Collection Control with ArchivesSpace [Alicia Detelich]
  • “Simple things we all can do to make shared documents more accessible” [David Hirsch]

For those who cannot join us in person, the session will be streamed via Zoom (note the new URL):

Slides and recordings of the Tech Talk sessions will be archived in

All Library staff are welcome to present at the Tech Talks!  Please send topic suggestions to Lise Gazzillo at

See you there!

Stanford Hosts Geo4LibCamp 2017

On the week of January 29 Stanford hosted geo4libcamp where 48 people of similar but varying persuasions convened with the common goal of building repository services for geospatial data. Introductions included naming 3 personal interests and “discovery”, “metadata” were among the most frequently cited. The format was of “unconference” design Monday through Wednesday with additional sessions Thursday and Friday. There were 6 planned presentations, a round of lightning talks, a morning spent at the Rumsey Map Center, and unconference planning that determined the 10 unconference sessions chosen by popular demand. Additional sessions included an introduction and tutorial on Geoblacklight, hydra plugin development, and selling the importance of geodata repository to administrators. For more details of the week see:

Geoblacklight is an open source GIS discovery platform for geospatial holdings built on the blacklight discovery application and solr index. At Yale, the Library Executive Committee has made creating a Geoblacklight instance a high priority and it was assuring to see that the community is moving with concerted effort in that direction. Highlighted throughout the week were the common challenges, from technically standing up the software stack, metadata best practices, sharing and interoperability, to specific issues with scanned maps, indexed maps, and hierarchical data. One key takeaway was the compelling argument to adopt geoconcerns: It leverages the existing hydra/sufia/hyrax model, there was a critical mass of buy-in and support, the data model is robust, and the infrastructure and architecture are well defined. Through contributing to the community effort and custom development at Yale with the Ladybird collection management tool and existing metadata, a geoblacklight/geoconcerns solution holds much promise as a leading application to offer Yale patrons in the geospatial realm.

Geo4LibCamp 2016

Hats off to Stanford for hosting Geo4LibCamp2016. This event brought together approximately 40 attendees from institutions across the United States including Miriam Olivares and Eric James from Yale. The focus of activities centered around the web application geoblacklight, the opengeoportal project, Esri software, open source geo-tools and the challenges of using these systems as a GIS platform. Key topics included the 1) development of the data schema as an index and source of linked data, 2) data and metadata workflow, 3) issues of provenance, authorship, enrichment, sharing, and rights, and 4) digital infrastructure. The community is enthusiastic and development is expected to continue at and between the represented institutions.

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For more information:

A Metadata Schema for Geospatial Resource Discovery Use Cases