If you're landing on this post, then you probably already know the strengths and challenges of an open-source approach to software development. With Islandora, we strive to maximize the strengths, and meet the challenges. But, let's face it - any open-source project can only ever be as good as its contributors. Being a great contributor means more than writing good code - it means documenting and contributing that code, participating actively in conversations surrounding architecture and policy, and mentoring others joining the community. We are lucky to have many great Islandora citizens, and hope in the months to come to be able to showcase the participation and interesting projects of these, um...Islandorians (?)
There are lots of interesting people to write about, but when we sat down to think about our first post in this vein, Nick Ruest was our unanimous first choice. Nick is the Digital Assets Librarian at York University, President of the Ontario Library and Technology Association [correction: was President of OLITA in 2012 - ed], a blogger, a developer, and a tribute to non-traditional librarianship (though the man could wear a mean bun if he wanted). Beyond just attending Islandora Camp in the past (and winning our “most stylish award”) Nick has been and continues to be an active Islandorian, who can be credited with adding some pretty neat functions including the following:
- The FITS plugin for solution packs, now integrated into all SPs in Islandora 6.x and 7.x. (everytime you strip an object of its technical metadata, you can think of him)
- Development of a solution Pack to manage web archive (warc) files. Full details are available on his blog, but in short, this SP lets you upload a warc with an associated MODS form, and then display the associated metadata along with a link to the warc file (preserving the interwebs for the future)
- An administrative interface for the Audio Solution Pack, allowing the user to select which LAME quality preset to use for audio processing (revealing, for those of us that didn't know, that LAME presets are awesome):
Nick is also an active and interesting tweeter-er as @ruebot and partcipates heavily in our google developer and users list. This is almost certainly not the last time we’ll be talking about the neat things he has done and is doing with Islandora.
In summary -
Thank you, Nick! Keep on keepin' on!