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May 23, 2016

When creating content that includes or builds on something that someone else created and licensed as a Creative Commons work, it's important to understand the licences and how handle attribution to the original content creator.

Per U.S. Copyright Law, any work that has been created and fixed in a tangible medium of expression on or after January 1, 1978 has an automatic copyright. This copyright lasts from the moment of its creation throughout the author’s life plus an additional 70 years. That means, when you write a paper for a class, or even write out your grocery list, you own the copyright to those works. In order to use such works outside of a fair use / educational context, you need permission from the copyright holder. For more information on Copyright, please see Oxy's Copyright LibGuide.

Creative Commons was founded in 2001 to create a set of copyright licenses, offered free to the public, to encourage people to allow others to use their works freely for certain uses, on certain conditions; or to simply dedicate their works to the public...

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September 16, 2015

Now entering it’s second year, the CDLA Faculty Fellows program is in full swing. The CDLA Faculty Fellows Program is designed to foster critical, innovative, and interdisciplinary digital approaches for liberal arts teaching and research. As Faculty Fellows, Occidental faculty have the opportunity and support to develop new skills, experiment with new pedagogical approaches, and...

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September 16, 2015

The CDLA supports several classrooms with technology and furnishings that enable teaching and learning in a media-rich environment and that are conducive to student collaboration.  Over the summer, we’ve added to the list of affordances by installing webcams in the Varelas Innovation Lab, the Brown Learn Lab, and the...

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September 16, 2015

Last year CDLA team members Darren Hall and Ryan Brubacher started hosting a radio hour once a week through the student radio station KOXY. This semester we’re back at it, with a growing line up of interesting guests, including Jem Axelrod, from the History Department and Director of the new Institute for Los Angeles History; Brian Chambers, Medical Librarian at City of Hope; and Liane Watzel, freelance journalist with Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk in Leipzig, Germany. ...

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September 16, 2015

In June, the library upgraded to the newly designed Sierra Library Service Platform, which has been ranked number one internationally for its integration and completeness of functionality. This major upgrade has not changed the public view of OASys (Oxy's online catalog) but brought a seamless transition to a state-of-the art workflow for library staff offering complete access to our bibliographic data. The streamlined look and minimal training made this transition a great success.

 

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September 16, 2015

As the college has moved forward with setting up reporting and access to data from our Student Information System and other systems of record using Argos we found that training offered through the company was enough to get folks started with the basics but didn't work well for supporting continued development. We've designed regular Argos & SQL workshops for employees who already have a basic understanding of Oracle SQL and relational databases and have been designing Argos datablocks and reports for some time now. These employees from administrative departments...

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August 31, 2015

As some of you may recall, last Summer ITS embarked upon an extensive effort to procure a new central storage system for use in our datacenter.  Prior to this, notices that maintenance was underway due to “problems with our centralized storage system” were all too common.  At the start of Fall ‘14, we had selected a product and completed the initial installation but had not yet begun the daunting task of moving our several tens of terabytes of production data over to the new storage.

We spent most of Fall ‘14 mulling over our options for how we could migrate the data with minimal disruption to the community but as we entered the Winter break, our hand was forced when our old storage hardware began showing signs of imminent failure.  ...

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August 31, 2015

Wishing you had access to software to help you with editing photos, audio, or video? The latest and greatest Adobe Creative Cloud applications are now available on all "Creative Stations" in the Academic Commons. Access them on the 3 PC and 3 Macs on the Academic Commons first floor near the door to IR Operations/ITS staff as well as on all computers in the oMac lab on the ground floor.

You may also remember that the oMac computer lab in the Academic Commons is now a “dual boot” lab allowing for running either the Mac operating system or Windows. Creative Cloud is accessible on the Mac side, and the usual complement of Academic lab software is accessible on the PC side. Instructions for switching between operating systems are...

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August 31, 2015

The Center for Digital Liberal Arts is excited to announce the official launch of Oxy’s Critical Making Studio! The CMS is a collaborative space open to any member of the Oxy community who might be interested in exploring the learning experiences afforded by a hands-on engagement with digital technologies. Thanks to the generous support of the Michael J. Connell Foundation, we are equipped with a range of tools and platforms, including DSLR camera kits, computer workstations outfitted with the Adobe Creative Suite, ...

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August 31, 2015

The diagram shows Preservica's powerful preservation, access and workflow features.
During this next year, the Special Collections & College Archives Department will be embarking on a project to help determine best practices for preserving digital assets.  Over the past several years, the department has created close to 12TB of digitized historical material that includes photographic material dating back to the late-19th century, film from as early as the 1930s, yearbooks and other student publications, and audio of campus events and speakers (including Oxy presidents, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ansel...
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