@anj @platypus something in Python would actually be perfect - in context, we already have a Python script (written by former student) that takes software objects based on an input ID and creates XML records for EaaSI, including a newly-generated UUID.

The UUID is what actually shows up in our platform, so I want that ID->UUID pairing to match precisely what I'm looking at. Incorporating a new snippet into the existing script would be way more efficient than adding another step!

Help for an XML novice: I have a set of individual XML files/records. I want to extract the value of two or three elements in each record and export those to, e.g. a CSV.

Can I do this with XPath?

update: these are amazing and helpful documents that I am clearly not in the right headspace to read today (might be the massive server outage, constant reminders of society crumbling in the news), because all I can think about is that preservation, access, and loss are an ouroboros that will never fit into a spreadsheet


Taking a Friday afternoon campus-wide server outage as an opportunity to catch up on reading: NDSA Levels of Preservation 2.0, DLF's Levels of Born-Digital Access, NARA's file format preservation plans.....quite the month!

Next Thursday, for World Digital Preservation Day I'll be live-streaming configuration of new environments for the EaaSI Sandbox. Please tune in and chat Linux, RDM, QEMU and EaaSI with me!

Nov. 7, approx. 1:00-3:00 EST

Hold on to your (Red) hats


Does anyone know of any good tutorials or resources for learning Docker? Like a Carpentry or Programming-Historian style intro?

maybe don't set up Docker and bridged networks for VMs willy-nilly on your laptop when you have no idea how networking works and then spend waaaaaaay too much time trying to figure out why you can't connect to the department SMB share

@ashley @ajroach42 wow hmm yeah none still in production that I'm aware of, but looks like there are already some interesting back-stock or compatible options linked in this thread! Fascinating idea

I'm in a podcatcher conundrum:

Pocket Casts is much better designed (other than their WILD use of the word "archive") but is missing Stitcher-exclusive shows and back catalogs

Stitcher has the Premium content but alphabetizes shows starting with "The" under "T"

What do I do

@vickysteeves given the way ITS departments at multiple large monied research institutions have treated even my simplest hosting requests ("why do you need a wiki for that?"), I can only imagine what it is like to be a researcher with domain- or even project-specific needs; "bypassing" is a terrible way to phrase "trying to do their work"

Howdy! If you're interested at all in the BitCurator/EaaSI crossover hackathon next week at iPres, why not sign up for our dedicated Slack space?


If you're not going to Amsterdam, no worries - neither am I! We hope the hackathon can be a launching pad for a number of ongoing communal documentation and scripting projects that we've always wanted to see/make. Suggest, converse, contribute!

@bitsgalore true, sure, I guess it is more that I feel "guilty" because I just transitioned between Gmail addresses not too long ago (a year or two), so it feels like I'm dithering

But duh of course I wouldn't actually miss anything

now, what's the easiest way to start pushing people to use your ProtonMail account instead of Gmail without them a) hating you or b) missing a bunch of messages

Successfully migrated all personal files from Google Drive to a Nextcloud instance on a Digital Ocean droplet!

Also got Collabora Online running with it for in-browser editing and sharing - seemed like it had a lower overhead than OnlyOffice, a bit finicky to set up but seems to be working well


@joshuatj that digital/automated preservation work somehow reduces the need for staffing and time spent on preservation

never mind, needed the Apache server running too!

(hey thanks for the tutorials @platypus !!)

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