Welcome to the Disruptive Library Technology Jester. From here you can browse the musings and visions of a library technologist as he walks the fine line between the best of the library profession on one side and the best of technology on the other.

Adding Islandora Viewers Capability to Basic Image Solution Pack

Putting this here because I didn’t see it mentioned elsewhere and it might be useful for others. Thinking about the history of the Islandora solution packs for different media types, the Basic Image Solution Pack was probably the first one written. Displaying a JPEG image, after all, is — well — pretty basic. I’m working on an Islandora project where I wanted to add a viewer to Basic Image objects, but I found that the solution pack code didn’t use them. Fortunately, Drupal has some nice ways for me to intercede to add that capability!

Defending Net Neutrality. Again.

I’m bringing this blog out of dormancy to add my voice to the chorus of people defending net neutrality. It isn’t the first time; we’ve been here before when the rules were first adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015. New president, new people in charge, but the reasons for keeping this rule in place remain the same. I said what I needed to say in a comment to the FCC, reproduced below.

The FCC should safeguard Internet freedom by keeping the bright-line net neutrality protections in place and upholding Title II.

RA21: A new effort to ease the user experience for off-campus access to licensed content

Earlier this year the STM Association — a trade association for academic and professional publishers — started a project called RA21: Resource Access in the 21st Century. The project is a renewed approach to moving past network address recognition and proxy agents as a way of authenticating access to licensed content. I describe the RA21 effort in general on the Index Data blog and listed some of the potential impacts on the FOLIO project.

Want to buy a can opener?

This has to be among the weirdest pieces of unsolicited mail I’ve ever received. Nigerian prince? That is so yesterday. Virtual pharmacy? Too much effort. No, what we want to sell you is a can opener!

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