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It's a very cool way to put your digital content online.   
 
It's a very cool way to put your digital content online.   
  
It’s based on PHP, MySQL and Apache. . .  and contents are left untouched in web directories.  This means you can access and update your metadata or  bitstreams at any time, without going through the delivery software.  The automatic indexer will pick up the changes. 
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It’s based on SOLR, PHP, JavaScript, MySQL and Apache. . .  and contents are left untouched in web directories.  This means you can access and update your metadata or  bitstreams at any time, without going through the delivery software.   
 
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This also means that it's much simpler to get stuff in or out... and hey, if the database crashes, no big deal.  The content is untouched -- just restart the software, and it will rebuild the database.
 
This also means that it's much simpler to get stuff in or out... and hey, if the database crashes, no big deal.  The content is untouched -- just restart the software, and it will rebuild the database.
  
'''You can read all about Acumen in '[http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/3107 Metadata In, Library Out. A Simple, Robust Digital Library System]' which was published in [http://journal.code4lib.org/ Code4Lib Journal] in 2010.  The project site is [http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/project http://acumen.lib.ua.edu/project], and the software is also available on [http://sourceforge.net/projects/acumendls/ SourceForge].'''
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'''You can read all about Acumen in '[http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/3107 Metadata In, Library Out. A Simple, Robust Digital Library System]' which was published in [http://journal.code4lib.org/ Code4Lib Journal] in 2010.  The software available on [https://github.com/AcumenProject/ SourceForge].'''
  
Acumen software was written by Tonio Loewald.  The principles behind it were developed by Tom C. Wilson. The UA Metadata Unit develops the metadata; the archivists create much of the descriptions and provide the content; and Digital Services just gets the stuff in there.   
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Acumen delivery software was originally written by Tonio Loewald, and later updated and improved by Will Jones.  The principles behind it were developed by Tom C. Wilson. The UA Metadata Unit develops the metadata; the archivists create much of the descriptions and provide the content; and Digital Services just gets the stuff in there. We developed our own workflows for quality control, turning spreadsheets into MODS, derivative generation, linking content into finding aids, and moving files to where they go in the web directory for deliveryThe indexer picks up new and changed stuff every night.
  
 
'''How we do that has been described in ''[http://metroblogs.typepad.com/ditrw/2011/02/from-confusion-and-chaos-to-clarity-and-hope-reorganization-of-work-flows-processes-and-delivery-for.html Digitization in the Real World]''.'''
 
'''How we do that has been described in ''[http://metroblogs.typepad.com/ditrw/2011/02/from-confusion-and-chaos-to-clarity-and-hope-reorganization-of-work-flows-processes-and-delivery-for.html Digitization in the Real World]''.'''
  
== Updates==
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If you need some maintenance details for Acumen, see [[Acumen Maintenance]].
 
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As of October 2012, we are in Acumen version 3.0, which uses a new Solr indexer that enables it to incorporate user-generated metadata from our tagging and transcription initiatives. In addition, the results list now displays genres and topics along with the the title and thumbnail image.
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Latest revision as of 13:18, 30 June 2017

[edit] What is Acumen?

I know, you've seen it, right? Acumen

It's a very cool way to put your digital content online.

It’s based on SOLR, PHP, JavaScript, MySQL and Apache. . . and contents are left untouched in web directories. This means you can access and update your metadata or bitstreams at any time, without going through the delivery software. This also means that it's much simpler to get stuff in or out... and hey, if the database crashes, no big deal. The content is untouched -- just restart the software, and it will rebuild the database.

You can read all about Acumen in 'Metadata In, Library Out. A Simple, Robust Digital Library System' which was published in Code4Lib Journal in 2010. The software available on SourceForge.

Acumen delivery software was originally written by Tonio Loewald, and later updated and improved by Will Jones. The principles behind it were developed by Tom C. Wilson. The UA Metadata Unit develops the metadata; the archivists create much of the descriptions and provide the content; and Digital Services just gets the stuff in there. We developed our own workflows for quality control, turning spreadsheets into MODS, derivative generation, linking content into finding aids, and moving files to where they go in the web directory for delivery. The indexer picks up new and changed stuff every night.

How we do that has been described in Digitization in the Real World.

If you need some maintenance details for Acumen, see Acumen Maintenance.

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