Digital libraries, Electronic information resources, Academic libraries, Digital media, and Kinematics
The article focuses on kinematic models for digital libraries. Cornell University Library (CUL) in New York, with support from the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, has built an innovative digital library for learning and teaching about kinematics--the geometry of pure motion--and the history and theory of machines. The Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library (KMDDL) is an open access, multimedia online resource developed by CUL. Engineers on the KMDDL team are using rapid prototyping technology to reproduce working physical models as 3-dimensional prints from digital files.
Technological innovations, Rapid prototyping, Job analysis, Meetings, and Work design
The article discusses how RepoCamp works in meetings and discussions. It states that RepoCamp is an event designed for unstructured, rapid prototyping face-to-face gathering to speed up innovation. It notes that instead of spending time in meetings discussing and planning how to implement technology, RepoCamp quickly explains idea and write the code together in an open environment.
Electronic systems, Information resources management, Skua (Dive bomber), and Prototypes
The article offers information on the SKUA project, prototyping a distributed network of semantically aware shared annotation services. It mentions that the project aims to address a practical problem, providing an interface that developers can immediately integrate into their software. Moreover, it states that the project is based at the University of Leicester in Great Britain and is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
Information visualization, Digital media, Digital preservation, and Open source software
Visualization tools for digital cultural heritage collections allow users to discover connections between artifacts over time and across space. Created using curators' and collection stewards' unique knowledge of their collections, visualizations empower users to discover meaning and patterns within digital collections using dynamic, interactive displays. Viewshare, a free, open-source visualization platform developed by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress and its partners, is such a tool. Viewshare's primary function is as a platform for generating and customizing views that enable users to creatively experience digital cultural heritage collections. But Viewshare can also be used by institutions as a testbed for development of web requirements and as a step in the larger workflow of managing collection data and testing its potential augmentation and exhibition. This article explains the conceptual framework behind Viewshare's development and its specific functions and affordances. The article then explicates a specific, detailed use case of Viewshare by the National Gallery of Art, Gallery Archives, demonstrating both how Viewshare offers a new way for collection managers and users to understand collections and also how Viewshare can serve as a rapid prototyping tool by which content managers can refine their existing practices around digital collection management, description, and display. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]