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Informatics Services

Completed the Campus Collections Management System Strategy project which gained unanimous support from the BNHM-IST Steering committee. The strategy and supporting sustainability plan was developed jointly with Data Services, BNHM Directors and key museum staff.

In partnership with BNHM and other Informatics Services partners, submitted 12  proposals to campus and external grant funding agencies

  • 54AmphibiaWeb/FWS $31,000.00 (Unsuccessful)
  • BiSciCol/NSF TBD $100,000.00 (Successful, further negotiation pending)
  • BNHM-IST IT Bank $232,000.00 (Successful, further negotiation pending)
  • CineFiles/IMLS  $116,000.00 (Outstanding)
  • CollectionSpace Deployments (IMLS) $214,000.00 (Outstanding)
  • ESPM-Potts/NSF $57,000.00 (Outstanding)
  • Essig/NSF $56,000.00 (Outstanding)
  • MVZ Arctos/NSF $85,000.00 (Outstanding)
  • UAM Arctos/NEH $18,500.00 (Outstanding)
  • UNM Arctos / NSF $40,000.00 (Outstanding)
  • UCJEPS-Seaweed/NSF $8,000.00) (Outstanding)
  • UCMP - Cataloging Hidden Archives of UCMP (CLIR/Mellon) $30,000.00 (Outstanding)

Launched 2 new websites

  • Cinefiles - Collaborating with the Pacific Film Archive, redesigned CineFiles, the online catalog for the PFA Library's collection of scanned documents related to world cinema, with an emphasis on improving the usability of CineFiles for high school and college educators
  • Plant Propagation - Working with the Botanical Garden and IST Application Services,launched an online system that provides plant propagation information being recorded by botanical scientists in the UC Botanical Garden.

Migrated preliminary collections data from PAHMA and UC Jeps museums to v0.7 of CollectionSpace. The results were presented broadly at the UCCSC, gaining system-wide interest in CollectionSpace.

Presented further progress with CollectionSpace migrations at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) conference as a result of collaboration with the Consortium of California Herbaria and Cadensys.

Deployed lightweight field management tools for biodiversity scientists as part of the Moorea Biocode project.


Media Vault Program

Completed requirements analysis and product evaluations, resulting in the selection of Alfresco an open-source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) intended to act as multi-tenant platform that provides an easy way for campus scholars to safely organize, manage and share their research media.

Conducted a beta program in partnership with a beta testers allow prospective users to confirm the solution meets their needs, identify and address roadblocks to adoption for various campus groups (departments, research units, individual scholars, collections/museums), surface outstanding bugs, issues that need to be address before campus release.

Completed the localization and platform hardening to create a technically releasable service to the campus.   It is currently branded the Media Hub, available to members of Data Services for demonstration purposes.

Received additional funding ($30,000) from the IT Bank to wind down the MVP in it's original form, and to incorporate the program findings in a more general OE-oriented approach to campus content management.


Content Management

Assumed functional ownership of IST Content Management hosting and consulting services that include:

  • Media Hub services, described above, release strategy to be determined
  • Drupal services, being developed in partnership with Application Services
  • CalShare services, being delivered by Infrastructure Services
  • External content management and website services brokering
  • Others, to be determined


Program Management

Hired Marlita Kahn, acting as UCB CollectionSpace PM and assuming Lead Project Manager role for the Bamboo Technology Project

By the end of September, will have completed pre-implementation planning projects for

  • Bamboo Workspaces
  • Bamboo Tools and Services Registry
  • UC Berkeley Tools and Services Registry
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