ICLDC redux - what did I miss?

I couldn’t go to nearly as much ICLDC as I wanted to - what were your favorite talks? Hot takes? New apps?


Same, I was sick and hardly got to attend any. Luckily, all of the videos are on YouTube, but they seem to be unlisted right now. One app I learned about during my presentation was Mukurtu, which seems to be a way of giving mobile access to online archives. I haven’t played with it, but I am wondering how I might get the Ende community access to the Ende PARADISEC archive now that there is a phone tower in the area.


@katelynnlindsey I am really curious about Mukurtu, I’ve heard so much about it. I’m wondering what the long-term plans are for those who deploy it given that the data model must be manually upgraded for every Drupal release cycle. (Mukurtu is a Drupal install profile… i.e., set of packages). So, where do scholars get the money to host Drupal and then to hire the devs to keep it up or transition the data with each release cycle? Some Drupal modules such as Organic groups can create really complex relationship structures within a installed instance. This can really tie a collection exhibit and maybe a community to a specific platform. It raises real and difficult questions about online exhibits of content and how far should linguist—or archivists—go in the creation of online exhibits.

With regards to the Drupal life-cycle, the timeline at this link: https://mukurtu.org/mukurtu-4/ shows things from the Mukurtu life-cycle perspective but the timeline from https://www.o8.agency/blog/drupal-7-end-life-eol-what-know shows how the Drupal communitiy is engaging with the underlying software for Mukurtu. Drupal as a development platform does not have data architecture continuity built in—in contrast to WordPress. … I’m not saying either option (Drupal or Wordpress) is prefered.

I’d love to see if there are any alternatives to Mukurtu… I know that SIUE tried out Omeka. But I don’t think they ever really got a full-time programer to theme Omeka to a place that SIUE faculty were satisfied with… I suspect it was approached as a student project.

@cbowern My own presentation was not well attended. But I didn’t go to many presentations either. I got the impressions that not many people did go to any presentations… I only had questions from the chair, not from any one in the audience… which is a bit sad… I think there were three in the audience. Here is the presentation: Supporting Diversity Through a Typology of Data Providers: What is an Archive? | Hugh's Curriculum Vitae

Maybe the topic is too fringe to actually be useful to many people…

We had between 30 and 40 people at the talks I was able to attend (including the one I was a coauthor on; poster session attendee were fewer but the conversation was great)