Speaker Julia Weist & Seth Kaufman
Julia Weist is a Senior Consultant at Whirl-i-Gig. Since joining the CollectiveAccess team in 2010, Julia has designed and deployed collection management systems for a wide range of institutions in the museum, library, archival, corporate and non-profit sectors. Prior to Whirl-i-Gig Julia was a Librarian at the New York Society ...
Julia Weist is a Senior Consultant at Whirl-i-Gig. Since joining the CollectiveAccess team in 2010, Julia has designed and deployed collection management systems for a wide range of institutions in the museum, library, archival, corporate and non-profit sectors. Prior to Whirl-i-Gig Julia was a Librarian at the New York Society Library. Julia's sculptural work has been exhibited internationally and she actively writes and presents on the intersection of art and cultural informatics.
Seth Kaufman founded Whirl-i-Gig in 1995 with a background in civil engineering, computer science and graphic design. In addition to his two decades of experience developing software tools for a variety of industries and applications, Seth has also taught digital design and programming. Since 2003, Seth has been the lead developer and architect of CollectiveAccess.
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CollectiveAccess is an open-source collections management and presentation software designed for museums, archives, and special collections. The CollectiveAccess User Group meets at METRO on a quarterly basis to discuss projects created with CollectiveAccess, development aspects related to the platform, and solutions for utilizing open source technology to manage collections.
This workshop focuses on an essential part of CollectiveAccess: the data import tool. Building off of the morning workshop, CollectiveAccess Basics, Seth & Julia will walk participants through a hands-on data import process.
In the CA import framework, data can be mapped and transformed as it is migrated into the application. Attendees will learn the basics of writing the Excel-based mappings that are used to crosswalk legacy data to custom CollectiveAccess fields, lists, and relationships. The tutorial will introduce all the components of the framework including setting, options, “refineries” and parameters. These tools will be put to hands-on use; each attendee will be provided a data set and testing space, and users will leave having successfully imported data into a real configuration. No programming skills are necessary, but familiarity with CollectiveAccess and spreadsheets is required. The workshop will cover the general JSON syntax used in the framework, so an interest in learning basic notation is also necessary.
We strongly recommend registering for the CollectiveAccess Basics workshop as well, since the afternoon workshop builds off of the morning’s.
Laptops and test data sets will be provided to all participants. We recommend bringing a USB drive to take your work home with you.
If (and only if) you plan to attend both the basic and advanced session on September 24, please use the registration code CA924 for a $5 discount to the price of one of these events -- you'll pay a total of $25 for both sessions.
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