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Project Update: The Next-Generation Digital Repository Service
DRS developers

May 27, 2014—Since the April update, planning began for a new series of DRS demo meetings to get early feedback from users on new development. In this update, Chris Vicary, lead software engineer for the DRS, explains what users can expect from these meetings and the mutual benefit they will provide to the development team and users.  

“These meetings will be held quarterly to coincide with releases of new features. They will begin with a review of recently completed enhancements, followed by a demonstration of that work, and end with a preview of upcoming features to be included in the next release," Vicary said. "We hope to solicit feedback and engender discussion at the demos. The feedback we get can guide how we implement upcoming features. The goal is that through this engagement we can create tools that directly meet user needs as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

Chris added that these meetings align nicely with two of HUIT’s core values: user-focus and openness. "They are designed to promote greater user participation and bring visibility to the DRS in a new way. Receiving user input earlier in the development process helps us work more efficiently, by ensuring that the work we do meets user expectations."

The first demo meeting will be held in late June.

Recent project accomplishments include:

  • Migration FAQ were added to the New DRS Project Updates webpage.
  • A well-attended brown bag was held on May 9th at 90 Mt. Auburn to share the technical details of the migration.
  • A presentation on the migration was given at IS&T Archiving in Berlin, Germany; a brown bag will be scheduled to share highlights of the conference.
  • The Fine Arts Library and Harvard Art Museums began depositing images to the new DRS.

Upcoming milestones and events include:

  • The metadata migration of Tier 1 content (color profiles, target images, PDF documents and ESRI world files) later this month.
  • A presentation on the DRS at an ABCD meeting on June 13th.
  • The formation of a DRS Testing Group and a DRS Training Group.