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i have a draft of a lengthy and thorough how-to guide for installing Mastodon (+Hometown) from scratch. It is intended for people who are have little experience setting up their own servers and assumes very little prior knowledge, so it covers setting up your domain name, server, SMTP service as well. and it's extremely thorough, hand-holdy, and tries to explain every step to the extent I'm able.

do i have any #MastoAdmin friends who would take a look and fact-check the instructions for obvious errors, bad choices, or poor explanations? (i am a bit of a noob myself, so i'd love a more pro set of eyes to look at it)

also looking for anyone who fits the target audience who would be would like to do a run-through themselves and give me feedback. if you have just a little bit of command line experience and 'internet literacy' and want to try setting up your own Mastodon/Hometown instance but feel lost looking at other how-to guides, this would be for you!

you might just have to be a little bit extra determined and patient since you'll be trying to follow the draft version!

Early this morning I remotely presented my paper (preprint: at the International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries () in Hanoi.

The premise of this work that is aggregators are in a position for richer interaction w/ .



Twitter thread with more high-level info:

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on web-accessible images using the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF – pronounced "triple-eye-eff") and Archival Resource Keys (#ARKs) for persistent identifiers #PIDs

used by BnF (French National Library), the British Library, Durham University Library, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of North Texas Libraries, et al.

Hey @edsu, what was the work you referenced when we last spoke that took place in Media, PA?

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Web Archives in Repositories I’m fortunate to be back at code4lib again this year. It gives
me hope to see this conference working in the same spirit as it started
out with, albeit with much honed mechanics. It is also refreshing to be
talking about someone else’s work, in this case the work of the
Webrecorder project, rather than my own.

One of the dire pitfalls of PhD research, and academia more generally,
is the tendency to focus so much on your own int

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Hey @edsu, I appreciate you documenting your journal/notetaking approach at .

I use a hodgepodge of physical paper, nvALT, and a personal private wiki but continue to struggle with the note taking lifecycle post-transcription.

Can you comment on how you use your notes?

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This has been on my mind for a long time, and now it's a real thing!

Just received a clearance from the department head to revise the college's Data Curation course. I am genuinely excited and fully intend on integrating large parts of @edsu's teaching of it at UMD last term.

I long for a desktop application where I can drag-and-drop a URL from my browser onto the app's icon and the dereferenced page will be sufficiently preserved and nothing more.

I don't want it to have its own clunky UI or requirement to store the capture remotely.

This sort of simplicity has been further convoluted by some of my own software creations but there is a need, even if it is only n=1.

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If you are looking for some music to work to today I recommend this one, which (for me) actually delivers on being "a sonic resource for comfort and calming":

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After all these years I really don’t know how to handle it when I think Someone On The Internet Is Wrong About Something To Do With Digital Preservation.

I want to be helpful, rather than come across as an asshole, or worse still be a patronising asshole. But I’m not sure I have a great track record.

So I tend to keep quiet these days.

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I think I need to start documenting the Quicktime format of Grandia's strange nonstandard .MOV files. Might help me figure out what the heck it is.

I could use eyes from anyone familiar with MPEG and similar codecs, too; I have a feeling eyeballing the video bitstream is going to be necessary to figure out what it is.

Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.