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ICA-AtoM Physical Architecture

May 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment · ICA-AtoM, System Architecture

Since I first posted about my ideal information model several months ago, I’ve been wanting to add an update about the logical data model that I eventually implemented in the ICA-AtoM application but, before I can do that, I should briefly explain the physical architecture on which ICA-AtoM is built so it is easier to [...]

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The Information Model to End All Information Models

December 8th, 2006 · 4 Comments · ICA-AtoM, System Architecture, System Requirements

I am now beginning work on the second alpha iteration of the open-source ICA-AtoM software application. I am working on a considerable upgrade to the underlying object and database model which supports the application. As the application matures and evolves it will be relatively easy to make changes and updates to the application modules and [...]

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Does my Digital Archives need a Digital Repository System?

November 27th, 2006 · 5 Comments · Digital Preservation, System Architecture, System Requirements

I have had this discussions with colleagues several times over the past couple of years. Somebody is getting ready to prototype a digital archives at their archival institution and the first question they ask is, “which open-source repository system should I use? Dspace? Fedora? Greenstone? Eprints? ” However, as a system analyst, I believe “what [...]

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Django it is then

February 16th, 2006 · 1 Comment · System Architecture, Web 2.0

Well, this is probably going to dissappoint or upset some of the Drupal developers I have had the pleasure to meet at the recent OSCMS conference but I have decided that I am going to go back to using Django as the development platform for my upcoming web application project. I have given Drupal an [...]

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Archiving for CMS presentation at OSCMS Summit

February 7th, 2006 · Comments Off · System Architecture, System Requirements, Web 2.0

Today I gave a presentation on archiving for CMS at the Open Source Content Management Systems shindig (OSCMS Summit) here in (currently sunny) Vancouver. This is a PDF copy of my presentation slides: OSCMS Summit: Archiving Presentation (54kb)

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Drupal as a MVC framework?

January 21st, 2006 · 32 Comments · System Architecture

I have recently been testing open source MVC frameworks (RubyOnRails, TurboGears, Django) for an upcoming web application development project. Thus far Django has come closest to meeting my particular set of requirements and preferences, thanks in large part to its excellent documentation, its powerful and easy to use object-to-relational model, and its killer administration interface [...]

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Build or Customize? Enter the Python…

December 23rd, 2005 · 1 Comment · System Architecture

Well, I am back from Ixtapa, Mexico with a decent tan and a very sore back from an unfortunate JetSki incident out in the high surf. Just imagine a Dukes-of-Hazard-style launch off a very large wave. Anyway, I can still type. As a follow-up to my previous post, I’ve been through the Agile Web Development [...]

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Lunch, book, prototyping

December 7th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Meetings & Presentations, System Architecture

I had lunch with fellow UBC SLAIS alumni Mark Jordan yesterday. We both speak a-mile-a-minute so this was a very productive exchange of information. Mark was the resourceful and over-worked lab technician when we were both students at SLAIS. Today he is the resourceful and over-worked head systems librarian at Simon Fraser University (but somehow [...]

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What is Web 2.0?

November 10th, 2005 · 3 Comments · System Architecture, Terms & Definitions, Web 2.0

As I write this, definitions for the term Web 2.0 continue to be drafted by technology pundits. Although I find the hype and promise of the Web 2.0 world to be quite exciting, I am not interested in establishing any authorative definition (it’s a little like trying to nail jello to the wall). As far [...]

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System Architecture for Archives Access Systems (v.1)

November 4th, 2005 · Comments Off · Archives Access Systems, System Architecture

The diagram below is a rough (incomplete) attempt to illustrate how the System Requirements for Archives Access Systems might manifest themselves in a logical architecture for an archives access system that is focused on providing access via a website.

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