The Internet Archive is a nonprofit digital library based in San Fransisco whose stated mission is to provide permanent and universal access to all knowledge. In order to meet their ambitious goals, the Internet Archive allows free uploading and downloading to its 50 petabyte data cluster, engages in massive web harvesting and preservation via the Wayback Machine, and oversees one of the largest book digitization projects in the world. Certainly, we are excited join many of our peer institutions in making unique contributions to the project.
Though the Middlebury College Library collection at the Internet Archive is still quite small, currently containing a sample of works from our Vermont Collection Books & Pamphlets, we expect it to grow rapidly and act as a primary component of our digital archives strategy. Key advantages of hosting digitized content with Internet Archive include:
Broader access and discoverability of uploaded content;
Support for streaming and online viewing of media formats ranging from scanned books to audio to vintage video games;
Automatic OCR for digitized texts;
Embeddable links & players for streaming audio and video;
Automated derivation and delivery of digital objects to users in many more file types and formats that we could reasonably support on our own;
And – of course – that the service is free for both users and contributors.
Everyone is encouraged to pay a visit and take a look at the growing collections. Any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding Internet Archive or our digital collections there can be directed to Patrick Wallace.
The Digital Media Bootcamp offers the same workshops that we use in our Digital Media Tutor training during the month of January, and are open, à la carte, to all interested faculty, staff and students. This is the same training that we have been using for the Summer Digital Media Tutor program, plus a few additions based on feedback from last year’s Bootcamp.
The following sessions will introduce the attendees to a wide variety of technologies and uses, including computing practices at Middlebury, concepts and software for developing media, and devices for creating and consuming media. Most sessions will run for 90 minutes and will take place in the Wilson Media Lab in the Davis Family Library.
New This Year
Digital Liberal Arts Data Bootcamp
Instructors: Ryan Clement, Alicia Peaker, TBA
Description: Are you new to working with data for digital scholarship? In this DLA sponsored workshop series, we will teach you some of the basics of working with data as well as some free (and mainly web-based) tools you can use to visualize data, map data, and analyze textual data. The series will include one required course on the first day, as well as three à la carte course over the following three days. Attend one, or attend all three! All courses will be 3 hours long and will include discussions of background concepts as well as hands-on work.
Because these courses will be tailored to the participants’ interests and disciplines, the deadline for signing up is January 1st. Please contact Alicia Peaker or Ryan Clement with any questions.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Join your colleagues from both the Middlebury and Monterey campuses for a presentation and discussion on critical cybersecurity issues including phishing and cracking.
On October 29th at 12:30 Eastern time, Information Security will host a Cybersecurity Roadshow.
You can join the discussion in Lib105A on the Middlebury Campus or on PolyCom 710205
Central Monterey meeting location TBD.
Please join us for this discussion. It is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. Computer security is the responsibility of us all.
For more information call Information Security at 802-349-5805
Write Your Thesis with Scrivener
Thu, Oct. 8th
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Are you working on a large writing project? Scrivener can help! Scrivener is a software program that breaks down your writing into manageable “chunks” and brings your research and writing together into a single conceptual work space. You will learn how to create a new writing project in Scrivener, import existing work, and how to outline, research, and write with Scrivener’s unique features. A limited number of free licenses can be obtained by thesis students who participate in the Middlebury pilot. Instructor: Stacy Reardon. To sign up, visit go.middlebury.edu/scrivenerworkshop.
Our current Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle, was adopted back in 2011. Four years later we are reflecting on whether Moodle is still the best LMS to serve the growing needs of Middlebury. This fall we are doing a pilot to evaluate Canvas and determine whether we want to continue with Moodle or move to Canvas. You can learn more about Canvas and Middlebury’s evaluation by following this site – http://sites.middlebury.edu/canvas/
Since it has launched over 1,200 colleges, universities and school districts have adopted Canvas, including many of our peer and neighboring institutions, including Amherst, Williams, Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth. It uses modern technology and service management, has a user-centric design, and the features that are common to an LMS are easier to find and use.
Some of the appealing features that are worth exploring are:
Middlebury adopted Moodle as its LMS in 2011 after a year-long evaluation (http://sites.middlebury.edu/segue/2011/06/14/moodle-middlebury/). At that time it was decided that we would use Moodle for a minimum of 5 years. At the end of the 5 years we would ask ourselves: Is Moodle still the right LMS for Middlebury? The 5 years will end in August of 2016.
The Canvas evaluation should not be considered as a sign that Middlebury intends to stop using, supporting, or expanding the platform. This is simply an opportunity to consider other options and review our use of Moodle.
A year ago the Internet saw a rash of malware known as ransomware. This malicious form of cyber attack is known for infecting a computer and encrypting a drive. The victim is then unable to recover their data until paying a ransom to the attacker. Middlebury, like many other institutions was not immune to this form of attack.
A week ago the FBI announced a new variant on a common form of these attacks known as CryptoWall. This form of ransomware is known to have four methods of infecting a computer.
Phishing: the attacker may lure a victim into downloading an infected attachment through a phishing campaign and thereby compromising the drive on their system.
Phishing: the attacker lures the victim into clicking on a link to a malicious web site where the victim unknowingly downloads the malicious software onto their system and compromises their drive.
Infected ad: the attacker posts and infected ad on a website which a user might click thereby causing the download of malicious software.
Compromised website: the attacker compromises a website so when a user visits the website they unknowingly download malicious software and compromise their system.
According to the FBI, by far the most common method of attack is phishing, particularly with attachments in the message.
What you can do to protect yourself:
Never open attachments or click links in emails that you do not recognize or trust.