I delayed posting last week because I was really stalled, but I’ve since made a lot of progress. I’m a little antsy because I thought I’d have something to show by this point, but I’ve still got plenty to do and learn.

Here’s where I am right now:

  • I’m pretty much good with my repository attributes.
  • I had a great video conference with Catherine and was thrilled to hear that my KORA scheme looks reasonable.
  • I’m working with Ethan to secure some temporary domain space at MSU.
  • While I eagerly await the KORA WordPress plugin, I’m taking the opportunity to dive into learning the basics of WP development for another project (prehistoric pottery in Virginia!).
  • Since it looks like my agency is moving toward WP for our website, I’m going to hold off on getting to in the weeds on learning PHP for now (unless the mood really strikes me, which is possible).
  • I still need to get a handle on copyright, fair use, public domain, etc.

To Do:

  1. Keep ingesting records into KORA
  2. Get better at coding in WordPress
  3. Wireframe sites for researcher query and general public
  4. Schedule a chat with Eric and Dan to make sure the linked open data piece of the puzzle is in place.

After I’ve got something in place on the front end, I’ll very likely continue to tweak the scheme attributes in KORA. I’m thinking about managing our digital archives and also designing things to allow end users to get the most out of the site, easily. I’m trying to be pragmatic in deciding where to focus my energies at this point, since I know this project is likely going to remain a proof-of-concept and probably won’t be directly expanded into our collection’s final digital repository (in its current form). But I’m already very happy with this foundation.

August is coming, and I’m so looking forward to reconvening in person with everyone to exchange ideas. I have a feeling that whatever I bring to MSU is going to be a whole lot cooler when the Institute is over.

Stay tuned for pretty pictures next time!