Friday, June 2, 2017

The work behind a video digital collection in CUHK Digital Repository - A Grain of Sand: Poems from Hong Kong

What do you expect from a video digital collection? Fast streaming? High-definition pictures? Clear voices? Whenever our Digital Servi... thumbnail 1 summary
What do you expect from a video digital collection? Fast streaming? High-definition pictures? Clear voices? Whenever our Digital Services Team has the opportunity to handle a digital collection with audio and video items, we will investigate various ways to exploit the full potential of the collection. For instance, in “Chinese Women and Hong Kong Christianity: An Oral History Archive” which has audio and video clippings, images, and other formats of materials, they are all put together as a collection so that users can easily trace through all materials relating to the oral history of the interviewee like the following.  Another example is “United College General Education Senior Seminar Papers Database”.  Again, all materials relating to the paper are grouped together as a collection.



In a recently launched video digital collection, namely, “A Grain of Sand: Poems from Hong Kong”, we experimented a few feature available in our Repository system (Islandora) to let users have a new experience in listening to English poems.
 
This video digital collection is a collaboration project between the Library and the Department of English. It consists of 33 video recordings of 4 poets that have connections with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in different capacities: Louise Ho , Andrew Parkin, Eddie Tay and Kit Fan. They recited their own poems about Hong Kong, and CUHK in particular, in a spectacular background of some landmarks in Hong Kong and CUHK campus.
 

In order to let users visualize the poems not only in beautiful pictures but also in words, we used a new Islandora module called Oral Histories Solution Pack to display the subtitles of the poem in the video and in the time-coded transcript viewer underneath the video. This solution pack is developed by University of Toronto Scarborough Library, and the program codes are shared freely in Github with the Islandora community so that Islandorians including CUHK Library are able to share and contribute what we have enhanced back to the community.  This is the main benefit of using an open source software.  For more details of the Oral Histories Solution Pack, please refer to:  


 
To prepare for display of subtitles, the team has evaluated different subtitles editing tools including those available in the GitHub site mentioned above.  Finally, an open source editor for video subtitles called Subtitle Edit (http://www.nikse.dk/SubtitleEdit/) was adopted as it is relatively easy to use and suitable for our project size and requirement.
 
The digital texts are provided by the English Department.  We made use of the Subtitle Edit to provide time code for all 33 video clips.  The following is screenshot of the application. 

The next step is to use the application to export the subtitles into WebVTT XML files that are suitable for the Solution Pack’s requirement.  Subtitle Edit is able to export the timecoded subtitles into various formats.
 
It also offers functions like “Templating Export” as in Open Refine (http://openrefine.org/) that we also make use of when preparing MODS file.


With these handy tools and the effort of the whole team, we are able to deliver the project within just a few weeks. We are now proud to present this new collection to the world so that users can appreciate the value of English poems. 
We value any collaboration with Faculty.  Our services can be found here. Please let us know if there are any opportunity to create some interesting digital collections within our CUHK community.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The first CUHK Library Digital Scholarship Symposium “Exploring Digital Scholarship Research at CUHK and Beyond” held successfully

On 31 March 2017, the CUHK Library organized the first Digital Scholarship Symposium with the theme “ Exploring Digital Scholarship Re... thumbnail 1 summary

On 31 March 2017, the CUHK Library organized the first Digital Scholarship Symposium with the theme “Exploring Digital Scholarship Research at CUHK and Beyond” that was held at the Digital Scholarship Lab, G/F of University Library.  Six speakers from different disciplines presented their latest digital scholarship projects, attracting over 60 researchers, research students and librarians.

As a 1st anniversary event of the Digital Scholarship Lab, the Symposium aims at providing an avenue for all scholars interested in and conducting research in digital scholarship to get together to share their research, to further spark off more research in this area, and to enhance the partnership between the CUHK Library and the Faculty in conducting and supporting digital scholarship research.




The Symposium was officiated by Prof. Fanny M.C. CHEUNG, Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President and Ms. Louise JONES, University Librarian of CUHK. There were six presentations on network analysis, data visualization, GIS and big data analysis. They were:
  1. Prof. HUANG Bo from Department of Geography and Resource Management, CUHK: GIS and Big Data for Urban Applications
  2. Prof. LAI Chi-Tim from Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, CUHK: Guangzhou Daoist and Popular Temples Studies and the Development of Daoist Digital Museum
  3. Ms. Kitty Siu from Library, CUHK: A Collaborative Project in Opening Research Data: Archaeological Sites Mapping in China with GIS
  4. Dr. TSUI Lik-hang from China Biographical Database Project (CBDB), Harvard University: A Cyberinfrastructure for Studying Chinese History: A Proposal Based on the Experience of the China Biographical Database Project
  5. Prof. Angela WU from School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK: Re-presenting Web Use as Networks
  6. Prof. Michelle YE from Department of Translation, CUHK: The Social Network of an Early Republican Literary Magazine: a Visualization with Gephi


The post-symposium workshop in the afternoon by Dr. Tsui introduced the use of China Biographical Database (CBDB) and incorporation in other tools such as MARKUS for China studies.  The digital tools presented in the workshop sparked very lively discussion among participants.  More photos about the symposium can be found here.


The Library is very grateful for the enthusiastic support from the Faculty and the participants. The Library will continue to support research activities across the entire research life cycle by leveraging the latest digital technologies.

Friday, March 17, 2017

1st anniversary of the CUHK Digital Repository 😀🎂🎈

Today is the 1st anniversary of the CUHK Digital Repository ( http://repository.lib.cuhk.edu.hk ). Over the past year, we have ingested over... thumbnail 1 summary
Today is the 1st anniversary of the CUHK Digital Repository (http://repository.lib.cuhk.edu.hk). Over the past year, we have ingested over 1 million objects into the system. The objects include those items migrated from our legacy digital collections and also new items for our newly built digital collections.
Meanwhile, in this month, the repository platform also recorded more than 1 million access to our objects.

We will highlight some of our collections and their items in the next blog posts.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Workshops on AIMS and Research Portal (Feb to May 2017)

The Library is pleased to arrange a series of AIMS and Research Portal workshops for researchers and postgraduate students. CUHK researchers... thumbnail 1 summary
The Library is pleased to arrange a series of AIMS and Research Portal workshops for researchers and postgraduate students. CUHK researchers and staff are all welcome to join the workshops. Interested postgraduate students are also welcome to attend.
Managing your Research Output in AIMS
AIMS is the new Academic Information Management System of CUHK. This workshop aims at demonstrating to you:
  • What is AIMS and its public interface Research Portal
  • The easy way to use AIMS for managing your research outputs
  • Significant features of Research Portal
Date Time Medium of Instruction Registration
20 Feb (Mon) 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cantonese (Powerpoint in English) Click here to register
7 Apr (Fri) 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cantonese (Powerpoint in English) Click here to register
26 Apr (Wed) 2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Cantonese (Powerpoint in English) Click here to register
18 May (Thu) 2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. English Click here to register
Venue: ITSC Training Room 2, Pi Ch’iu Building (Room 103 + 105)
Archiving Research Outputs in AIMS’ Research Portal
There are lots of benefits in depositing the full text of your research outputs in AIMS that can be openly accessed in Research Portal. These include showcasing excellence of your research, increasing the chance of getting more citations for your output, more discoverable in the research community, etc. This workshop is to demonstrate:
  • The easy way of depositing the full text of your output
  • The right copy of full text that should be used for depositing
  • Ways of handling copyright issues that may arise
Date Time Medium of Instruction Registration
20 Feb (Mon) 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Cantonese (Powerpoint in English) Click here to register
7 Apr (Fri) 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Cantonese (Powerpoint in English) Click here to register
26 Apr (Wed) 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cantonese (Powerpoint in English) Click here to register
18 May (Thu) 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. English Click here to register
Venue: ITSC Training Room 2, Pi Ch’iu Building (Room 103 + 105)
Open Access and Scholarly Publishing
As a new model of scholarly publishing, open access (OA) is widely discussed in the academic community. This workshop will introduce to you:
  • Concepts, types and importance of OA publishing model
  • Pros and cons of OA
  • OA and AIMS
  • Publishing in OA journals
Date Time Medium of Instruction Registration
28 Mar (Tue) 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cantonese
(English might be used if users require.)
Click here to register
Venue: User Education Room 1, G/F, University Library
Workshops on AIMS and Research Portal (Feb to May 2017)
Workshops on AIMS and Research Portal (Feb to May 2017)

Workshops on AIMS and Research Portal (Feb to May 2017)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Digital Scholarship: Applications of GIS in Society II

Last week we have introduced some use of GIS in visualizing different types of data.  In CUHK there are some researchers having used GI... thumbnail 1 summary


Last week we have introduced some use of GIS in visualizing different types of data.  In CUHK there are some researchers having used GIS in visualizing their research projects.  Here we will introduce a few examples.

SpatioEpi

Launched in 2006, this project was initiated by SPH Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases and students from the Department of Geography and Resource Management.

The aim of SpatioEpi is to popularize the study of geographic distribution of health conditions, disease and environmental factors as they relate to the human population.  In fact they have produced many maps displaying spatial data on current issues, e.g. the recent (Dec 2016) smog in China: Smog the silent killer.


Walking Through Sheung Wan

The project is done by Prof. Sidney Cheung from Department of Anthropology.  It is a "knowledge transfer project" in which an anthropological perspective was used to show how the knowledge of  the local community about Sheung Wan is "transferred" to visitors "for a better understanding of Hong Kong".  It made use of 3 "vitural tours" to show people how the streets looked like with the scenes of all the shops in the street: Wing Lok Street, Ko Shing Street (selling Ginseng, dried seafood, etc.) and Bonham Strand West (selling Chinese herbs).


Daoist Digital Museum

Developed by Prof. LAI Chi-tim and his research team from Centre for Studies of Daoist Culture, the website is the first “Daoist Digital Museum” in the world.  They used WebGIS to display the geographical locations of the Daoist temples in Guangzhou, no matter they still exist or not, and embed them with images, videos, digital texts about the temples.  Their aim is to help "scholars of Daoism, Chinese religion and even historians interested in the city of Guangzhou to perform quantitative analyses of the geographic distribution of temples in Guangzhou and on their relationship with the surrounding socio-economic environment, changes in population and environment, by tracing the development of particular temples."



Sometimes when no GIS application can be used, spatial data can still be visualized in an interesting way.  A project from the I.CARE of CUHK used hand-drawing map to display the Sha Tau Kok town and its community facilities: 「社區探索 - 博群沙頭角長者服務計劃」(in Chinese only).

Although it does not involve the use of GIS software and application, and as a matter of fact,  Sha Tau Kok town is frontier closed area (FCA) and there is no street view available yet in Google map, the hand-drawing map will also enable people who have not been to the area before to have a basic impression about the town.  


GIS can be used in all subject areas, as it helps visualizing data with spatial aspect, and some powerful software can help performing analysis, which helps researchers in digging out important trends behind the data.