At the Upper Midwest User Group Meeting, or Users Meeting or whatever it was called, last October, I said that dmBridge would be available in November. Well, I have good news and bad news.
The bad news is that it's going to be a little longer before we can publicize dmBridge and make it "official." In a nutshell, we have one web designer on staff to serve the needs of our main library and three branch libraries, totaling about 100 staff and 4 billion static web pages that need to get imported into a CMS. This makes him very in-demand. Our new digital collections website has been folded into this larger library-wide web redesign effort and has to wait its turn. Our Curriculum Materials Library was lucky to have called first dibs on a new website, which is now in the end stages of development and looks great.
The good news is that that is the only bad news!
- Pretty much all of the dmBridge-related content is up.
- In the meantime, development has been ongoing and has been assisted by several helpful contributors. Beta test participation has been better than I expected, which is fantastic!
- Cory and the metadata chicks have several new digital collections waiting in the wings for this year, the first one scheduled for launch in June. Not sure that I'm allowed to talk about them yet, but I know for sure that one of them will make you very hungry!
- Our systems department has taken possession of some new servers that I expect will make our collections a lot faster beginning sometime this summer.
- An internal project I've been working on full-time for the past several months has wound down, leaving me more time for dmBridge.
So our digital collections are not dead, just resting.
For readers who are familiar with version control: I have made the decision to tag the 1.0 branch of each dmBridge component as "1.0-rc1" (release candidate 1). 1.0-rc1 is very similar to what is eventually going to be released as 1.0. It can be used in place of 1.0 in the meantime and is guaranteed to be compatible with the "final" 1.0. It is also the first version for which there will be a zip archive available for download. (Previously, the only way to get dmBridge was to check it out via SVN.)
If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to ask.