Archive for June, 2009

Vireo @ JCDL 2009

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

My colleague, Adam Mikeal, presented our paper titled “Large-scale ETD repositories: a case study of a digital library application” at JCDL 2009, where it was nominated for best paper! The paper describes at a high level the Texas Digital Library’s implementation of a state-wide electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) system, delving into the theoretical, technical, and political issues that were encountered. Vireo is the main component of the system, a Manakin-based addon to DSpace that handles the ETD work flow, starting with a student’s initial submission through an iterative staff review, cataloging by the library, and on to final publication.


Mikeal, A., Creel, J., Maslov, A., Phillips, S., Leggett, J., and McFarland, M. 2009. Large-scale ETD repositories: a case study of a digital library application. In Proceedings of the 2009 Joint international Conference on Digital Libraries (Austin, TX, USA, June 15 – 19, 2009). JCDL ’09. ACM, New York, NY, 135-144. DOI=

Where to host a blog?

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

One of the questions I faced when starting this blog is where should I host it? There are lots of options from several commercial blogging services or from the many free blogging services such as Blogger, SquareSpace, ExpressionEgine, or Because of my employment there is also the option to use the Texas Digital Library’s blogging service based upon WordPress. Then lastly because I have the technical skills and available hosting, I can self publish my blog. I ultimately decided to self publish this blog using my own means instead of using a blogging service, here are the factors that effected my decision: