various programming languages as opposed to learning how to code? Any sources that discuss the pros and cons of each or why it would be better to do X in Ruby rather than Python?
I'm an archivist who primarily has been working processing paper documents and I'm interested in migrating into digital archives. I have been doing a lot of readings recommended by friends/colleagues who are digital archivists, mostly having to do with workflows and metadata, published as reports sponsored by OCLC
and NISO, as well as papers authored by some of my friends regarding digital initiatives at their organizations. From what I gather form my friends and what I've read and observed, I don't necessarily need to know how to program, but it's really helpful if I knew enough to be able to speak with programmers intelligently.
I'm no techie, but I'm not a total luddite. I know some basic HTML and CSS although it's been awhile since I've had cause to do anything with them. I have created finding aids in EAD (Encoded Archival Description
) using a template in Notetab Pro and later using the Archivists Toolkit
. As part of my MLIS (2006) I took a class in database design and we had to learn a bit of SQL and a teeny tiny bit of ColdFusion (which I've since forgotten). I'm used to working with metadata content standards. I could probably figure out a crosswalk (between EAD and MODS for example) but I wouldn't know how the back end programming works to actually transform form one to the other and I don't know if I'd need to, but I'd at least like to know enough to not be totally lost when talking to someone from the IT dept. Oh and I know that this is baby stuff, but I am participating in Code Year.
Oh and the kind of sites/projects that digital archivists get to work on include the Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collection
; Digital Collections at Joyner Library, East Carolina State
, among hundreds of other examples available online.