We’ve re-uploaded OCR’d PDFs of the entire collection — making the publications easier to search. (OCR = Optical Character Recognition: automatically recognizing text inside PDFs & storing it alongside the files.) Give it a try!
We’ve released some improvements to our open-source Issuu downloader, to work more efficiently and automatically crop publications to the correct size.
Added sections to the blog navigation, and made a grid index for the “links” section using the Content Views plugin. I realized that since starting this project I’ve been keeping my eye on interesting archival projects, so I will share them here.
I’m not used to working with WordPress so it’s interesting to see how the plugin ecosystem works, it’s basically confusing and idiosyncratic, but also easy enough to get something close to your desired result if you’re willing to plod around.
Also added something between a welcome note and a disclaimer to the front page, highlighting the archive’s incompleteness, and also re-upping the call for collaboration!
Added geotags for all publications on the site so far!
Check out the Map page to see it in action.
A lot of the data needs QAing…(for example, Louisiana State University currently appears in the middle of Russia??) but, as they say, “perfect is the enemy of the good”.
Moved the Changelog out of Omeka, to a WordPress install at blog.disorientations.org (you are here).
Makes it easier to subscribe, and a bit easier to write.
(I don’t think Omeka pages are really intended for blogging. I was getting occasional errors, and there is no page hierarchy, so it likely would’ve become a mess over time.)
Added a Roadmap page with some ideas for the future.
And emailed ~6 of the groups (which had publications in the last year or so, and that I could easily find contacts for) to let them know about the site, and see if they have better PDFs or know of missing publications:
Wanted to let you know that I added your disorientation guides [details x, y, z] to disorientations.org — an archive I recently started of disorientation publications across institutions.
(I realized recently that there isn’t an active website that collects/links these publications, so I decided to set one up. After a few days of searching and scraping, the site now houses 103 publications across 55 institutions.)
I found your guides on Issuu, and downloads from there get kind of messed up, so I’d be happy to swap the file out if you have better ones on hand — just LMK. I can also update the metadata with any other info/links you might wanna share.
Also: if you have (or know where to find) missing or previous issues, or other diso guides that aren’t yet on the site, I’d love to add them. Not sure if there are more?
Haven’t otherwise shared the site (except with a few friends). Wanted to start with the people whose publications are on it.