What you need to prepare before attending a SPRUCE mashup

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This page provides a quick checklist of preparation items to consider before joining us for a SPRUCE mashup event. Participation in mashup activities is mandatory: observers are not allowed!

  1. Participation in mashup activities is mandatory: observers are not allowed! So its important to consider what role you would like to play at the event. There are 2 options, and its worth noting that you can wear more than one hat if so desired:
    1. Practitioner: you will bring with you a digital collection sample and champion it throughout the event. We will team you up with other experts to develop solutions for your content
    2. Developer: you will come armed with your best coding, scripting and command line skills and will be teamed up with Practitioners who set your challenges
  2. If you are playing the part of a Practitioner, you will need to bring with you a collection sample:
    1. Samples should ideally be between 10 and 10000 items
    2. Any variety of digital collection is of interest
    3. If you are aware of particular quality, management or sustainability issues that are worrying you, that will be a useful start but is not essential
    4. If you bring broken/imperfect content, make sure you bring some non-broken examples as well
    5. Bring your content on an external hard drive or memory stick to the event
    6. Prepare a 2 minute lightning talk on your collection, describing its key characteristics and highlighting any challenges you are interested in. We will explore, define and articulate some of these issues more deeply during the SPRUCE events
    7. If *possible*, clear any IPR issues for your sample and we will make it available via the OPF website so that tool developers have test data they can work with. This is really useful!
  3. Alongside our mashup activities we will be developing a business case for Digital Preservation. We'd therefore like you to bring with you (in digital form) the following documents from your institution:
    1. Institutional strategy
    2. Departmental strategy (if applicable)
    3. Any business case templates used at your institution
  4. SPRUCE mash-up event results will be captured on the Open Planets Foundation git repository and wiki. If you want you can sign up for these in advance.
  5. Remember to bring your laptop! You must have one for the event! Please make sure you have Firefox or Chrome installed.
  6. Dress code: casual. We're all friends here, or at least will be by Day 3!
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