Resources

Here are some additional resources for CERES: Exhibit Toolkit Users!

Where can I learn more about using WordPress?

If you’ve never worked with WordPress before, there are many resources available to help you get started. The WordPress Codex is both in-depth and wide ranging. If you need a tutorial for beginners, you can use the Lynda WordPress Tutorial. You can log into Lynda using your Northeastern username and password.

Where can I learn more about using GitHub?

GitHub provides users with an excellent list of resources for starting out. In addition, we have our own beginner’s guide available.

If you have never worked with GitHub before, the GitHub for Beginners guide is a great place to start.

Where can I learn more about using the Digital Repository Service?

The Digital Repository Service provides a user guide where you can learn about how to use the service.

Where can I learn more about copyright and fair use policies?

For more information on copyright and fair use, see the Northeastern Library’s Copyright and Fair Use Help Section.

As part of your project’s workflow, you will also be meeting with the University Copyright Officer, who can help answer any questions you have.

What is the workflow for a DRS Pilot Project?

A general workflow for projects is available on the Digital Scholarship Group’s Wiki.

For a more specific workflows, projects should contact the DSG.

What are good documentation practices?

Documentation is a good idea for every project, as it saves significant time and energy in the long run for the project. Good documentation is both for the future of your group and for the Digital Scholarship Group’s future. It should, ideally, be well organized, publicly visible, and able to be edited collaboratively.

The DSG makes several recommendations for platforms that are good for documentation. These include GitHub, wikis, and your project’s website. We discourage the use of platforms like DropBox, Google Docs, and Word Documents.

You should document several things. The first and foremost is the regular project workflow, so that future project managers know how things move forward. You should also include transcriptional and editorial practices, any tools you use, and what settings new members would need to know about. In addition, conventions, controlled vocabularies, formats for system IDs, metadata standards, and training manuals should all be included in good documentation. You should also do workflow tracking through tools like Trello or Asana.

Documentation can involve several members of the project, but one project member should be responsible for ensuring documentation gets done, and we recommend assuring that member is able to commit a good amount of their time to that portion of the project. This documentation will constitute the institutional memory of your project, and we want to emphasize how important it is to dedicate time to it. Your project should also make time to review this documentation regularly.

A few good examples of documentation include the Women Writers Project internal documentation and the DSG Services Guide.