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Messages - Martin Foys

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First Things Before Posting / Re: DM 2.0?
« on: January 15, 2019, 12:54:07 PM »
Hey Dan  -

DM 2.0 is very close to a beta release, we are happy to say. The developer has about two weeks of issue tracking left, and then about a week of porting the older 1.0 projects over and resolving any issues that arise. So, erring on the side of caution, we are saying late February early March for a release!

~ Martin

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Projects: News & Questions / Re: Database Integration for 2.0 release
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:34:57 AM »
IIIF was originally not part of the funding for 2.0, but the developers were able to easily add it in as part of the rebuild of the image backend, as it was a part of Open Seadragon.

So, currently, DM 2.0 can ingest IIIF images from an online source, but while the foundation is there , the front interface for doing so is limited to single image ingestion from a specific info.json uri that is manually entered.

Obviously this is not how IIIF should work in DM - the goal is to have seamless batch and drag and drop and manifest consumption from the front end. We currently have a NEH ODH grant application submitted that would fund (among other features) the building the necessary IIIF consumption interface for DM 2.5 - if that is not funded, we'll be pursuing other funds to make this happen ASAP as a first priority for the next feature built in 2019 - it shouldn't be a lot of money or development hours to make this happen, regardless.

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Happy to report that LauraLee Brott's introductory material on the Psalter World and List Maps have now been added in to the project.

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Issue: If you try to upload an image that has quotation marks ("") in its filename to a DM project, the image will appear to upload, but the resulting item will not display in the project.

Workaround: Delete the failed upload from the DM project's Table of Contents. Remove the quotation marks ("") from the filename of the image you wish to upload, and try again. Note: during the upload process you can add quotation marks to the display title of the image you wish to upload, which is how the image title will display in the Table of Contents and in its title bar. 

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Issue: When editing text in DM, it displays as a different font than when the same text is viewed by a public user.


Explanation/Workaround: DM 1.0 has a design quirk where its default font display is different in editing and public modes. When you are editing a text in DM that originates from within DM, it will display in 12pt Times font. However, in public views of the same document, the same text will display by default as 14pt Helvetica font instead. Additionally, default text displays in DM 1.0 do not have provisions for setting margins. Such limitations will be addressed in DM 2.0.
   To set text fonts, sizes, margins (and colors) so that they uniformly display across editing and public modes of viewing, you can paste formatted text in from an external text file. See https://digitalmappa.org/adding-textual-content/ for more information. 

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Issue: Currently, if a user is logged into their DM account, projects set to public access are not available in the project drop-down menu, unless that user also have read, write or admin permissions for that project.

Workaround: users can still be added to projects with "read" permissions to have public projects appear in the project menu when that user is logged in.

DM 2.0 will correct this issue.

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Issue: normally, deleting top level items (i.e. primary images and texts added to the Table of Contents) in DM 1.0 will permanently delete that item and all annotations associated with it from the project database. However, such items may not fully delete if they are linked through a chain of associative links to other undeleted items. Though these deleted primary items will not show up in the Table of Contents any longer, they and annotations associated with them may still show up in Search results, where they can then still be accessed and opened.

Workaround: Before deleting a top-level item from a project, ensure that it and any of its annotations are not linked through to other undeleted primary documents or annotations linked to undeleted primary documents, so that deleting this item will remove it and all associated annotations from the data store.

DM 2.0 will address this functional issue.

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Digital Mappa v.1.0 is the first public release of the DM resource. It is a "beta" release, meaning that while it is ready for public use, we haven't finished implementing all the planned features and functions, and the resources also has some functional limitations we are working to change.

DM v. 2.0 is the next version of the DM resource, and is currently under development, with an expected release in late 2018 or early 2019. See https://digitalmappa.org/dm-2-0/ for more information and updates.

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Yes - DM 2.0 (currently under development, and which will feature all kinds of upgrades to DM 1.0) will be released with a series of scripts to update DM 1.0 projects to run in the DM 2.0 environment.

For more on DM 2.0 development, see https://digitalmappa.org/dm-2-0/.

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Projects: News & Questions / DM@UW homepage
« on: February 26, 2018, 10:29:30 AM »
The iSchool at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has set up a gateway page for UW System faculty, students and staff who are interested in using DM:

http://www.wiscprintdigital.org/digital-mappa-dm-at-the-university-of-wisconsin-madison/

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Issue: Sometimes, when pasting text that was copied from a DM text document, it displays with all formatting removed.

Explanation: This occurs if you copy text that also contains active highlights inside the text. The formatting is currently stripped out as a safeguard against also pasting the coding concerning the highlight and any associated links or annotations, which would corrupt the data. DM 2.0 will address this issue.

Workaround: If you wish to copy and paste text from inside a DM project, paste it first into a external text editing program that supports rich text formatting, like TextEdit (Mac) or Notepad (Windows). There the formatting will be retained, and the code associated with associated highlight data will be automatically removed. At that point, all you will need to do is change the background color of the text formally associated with any highlights from yellow to white, and then you can
paste it back into a DM text file with all previous formatting intact. See https://digitalmappa.org/adding-textual-content/ for additional information.

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Issue: Sometimes a text or image in a DM project takes a long time to load.

Explanation: As with any online resource, load times for items in a DM project are affected by a number of factors. The first time ever that a project is opened in your browser, some items may take longer than usual to load; opening items again in the same or subsequent sessions usually take less time, once parts of the project are cached in your browser. Additionally, load times of projects can also be dependent on the speed of your Internet connection, as well as the rate the host DM server is serving up the project materials, and the relative speed of Internet network between the server and the user, which often can vary. From personal experience, I can say that working in a DM project over an international VPN can substantially increase load times.

Inside a DM project, larger images, and/or items which contain a large amount of annotated links out to other items which also contain a large amount of annotated links can take slightly longer to load. This is because when loading, the program may also need to map and load these links into memory. Opening up multiple items at the same time from the Table of Contents can also result in longer load times, as the program is then loading these items simultaneously. For images in DM, we've found that generally images under about 4 or 5MB (and under about 7500 pixels in height/width at 72dpi) tend to load and work quite quickly, while larger images may take longer.

As an outlier example, in the Virtual Mappa project, the image for the Hereford Map is quite large: it's a 480MB compressed file (of a map more than five feet tall in real life), served up as a 13.5MB jpeg, and 8000 pixels tall, and contains somewhere in the vicinity of 1100 highlights and annotations. Over my home wifi connection (which is not fast), it takes around 20 seconds to open the Hereford Map the first time in Virtual Mappa, and around 8 seconds each time afterwards. By comparison, other maps in the project (most of which are under 4MB is size), take only a couple of seconds to load.

DM 2.0 will be working to speed up load times for such link-heavy documents and larger-sized images.

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Frequently Asked Questions / What are the tech requirements for using DM?
« on: February 20, 2018, 08:59:49 AM »
To just go and view or create/edit a DM 1.0 project, all that is required is that it is accessed via a desktop/laptop computer with an Internet connection, and running a recent version of the Chrome browser (https://www.google.com/chrome/). If you have a touchscreen laptop, you will want to disable touchscreen features to work with DM 1.0 projects (https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht502617)

Note: DM 2.0 (under development to be released in late 2018/early 2019) will run on all browsers and work with touchscreen laptops.

Setting up a server to host DM projects is a bit more complicated, and will likely involve an IT network administrator who knows about such things. See https://digitalmappa.org/setting-up-your-own-dm-site-for-projects/ for more information and requirements.

DM is not currently configured to run on mobile devices, though development plans for DM 3.0 include such compatibility.

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Question: So the options for internally formatting text in DM 1.0 seem pretty limited. How can I set font colors, point size, strikethrough style, etc.?

Answer: You are right - it is pretty limited! That's because the early version of DM used a Google text widget that is pretty basic, and will be replaced in DM 2.0 with a text editor that has many more formatting options.

But you can still input all kinds of formatted text into a DM 1.0 text document, by pasting the formatted text from an external text file. DM will still display this formatting, even if it cannot make it itself. See https://digitalmappa.org/adding-textual-content/ for additional information and examples of how to do this.

DM 2.0, of course, will address this issue by replacing the current text editor with a vastly more powerful one.

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Frequently Asked Questions / FIRST THINGS: BEFORE POSTING ANYTHING
« on: February 16, 2018, 09:03:35 AM »
Hi All!

Before you post questions, please make sure you do some due diligence first, to avoid a bunch of unnecessary work:

• Check this FAQ for super basic questions

• For "How do I do XXXXXX? question, please first consult the (detailed) help guides on the DigitalMappa.org site: https://digitalmappa.org/guides/

• For "Hey this seems broken or weird!" questions, please first search through the "Known Issues" board of this forum (http://138.197.109.56/index.php?board=3.0). You can even open up that board, and then use the forum search feature to search on just that board for a specific item. You will also want to search through the question boards on this forum first, before posting your own.

But if you cannot find your question already answered anywhere above, then head on off to the appropriate question board on this forum!

~ The Management

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The premise of DM is simple and powerful: if you have a collection of digital images and/or texts, you should be able to produce an online resource that links together specific moments on these images and texts together, annotate these moments as much as you want, and make this work public and searchable with no technological fuss or expertise. DM can be used to create you own personal workspace, as a collaborative research space, as a pedagogical space for your students, or as a public publishing platform. Once it’s set up (which will require a system admin who knows what their doing), the amount to technical expertise you’ll need to have is largely limited to pointing, clicking, copying, pasting and typing. If you can do that, you can create your own digital scholarship, editions and projects in DM.

For more information on using DM, see the DigitalMappa.org website: https://digitalmappa.org/.

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First Things Before Posting / Check this before you post!
« on: February 14, 2018, 01:10:25 AM »
Hi All!

Before you post questions, please make sure you do some due diligence first, to avoid a bunch of unnecessary work:

• Check this FAQ for super basic questions

• For "How do I do XXXXXX? question, please first consult the (detailed) help guides on the DigitalMappa.org site: https://digitalmappa.org/guides/

• For "Hey this seems broken or weird!" questions, please first search through the "Known Issues" board of this forum (http://138.197.109.56/index.php?board=3.0). You can even open up that board, and then use the forum search feature to search on just that board for a specific item. You may also want to search through the question boards on this forum first, before posting your own.

But if you cannot find your question already answered anywhere above, then head on off to the appropriate question board on this forum!

~ The Management

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Question: Why does the Hereford Map take so long to load, and why can't I zoom in and move it around as smoothly as I can other maps?

Answer: Virtual Mappa is one of our projects we developed as a limit case - that is, how far could we push the software in terms of performance. In DM 1.0, we've found that images above about 5 MB in size tend display more slowly, with less smooth navigation responses. 

The image for the Hereford Map is HUGE: it's a 480MB compressed file (of a map more than five feet tall in real life), served up as a 13.5MB jpeg, and 8000 pixels tall. We tried compressing the image to an even smaller size, but the loss of image quality was just too great for the small detail contained on the map.

Ideally, any image you use in a DM 1.0 project should be less than 5MB in size (really, 3-4MB is optimal) and less than about 7500 pixels of height or width, at 72dpi. Most high resolution images of other material can easily be accommodated within these guidelines. It's just the five-foot maps that give us trouble. 😀

See also: https://digitalmappa.org/adding-primary-documents/


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Public Link: http://app.digitalmappa.org/workspace/#965fe731

To ask questions about this project, reply to the post.

About: Virtual Mappa is the original research initiative that led to the development of the DM resource. VM is a prototype project in partnership with the British Library focused on how medieval maps of the world and related geographic texts may be collected, annotated and networked. VM is the first phase of a project to develop an interoperable resource that virtually collects and displays content available from multiple digital repositories. Work on this project will be ongoing, with a first cohort of maps published online in early 2018. For an earlier summary of the scope of the project, see this British Library announcement: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/magnificentmaps/2014/03/good-news-for-fans-of-medieval-maps.html

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Frequently Asked Questions / How can I start my own DM Project?
« on: February 13, 2018, 08:48:08 AM »
If you want to create your own DM project, you can easily do so, either through an existing DM server you are already affiliated with (such as the ones at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, or at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, or by setting up your own DM server and hosting projects on it.

If you are not affiliated with a DM server, you can set up your own (though you might need the help of an IT administrator) on a local server, or by hosting it through Digital Ocean. For more information, see the help guides on the DigitalMappa.org website: https://digitalmappa.org/guides/.

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Issue: In DM 1.0, highlights cannot be made across text containing multiple text styles. If you receive an error message saying the text contains multiple text styles but it doesn’t look like the text does, then there may be vestigial format tags buried in the code.

Workaround: You can strip the formatting from text by copying and pasting it into the URL bar of your internet browser, like in the example below, and then copying it from the URL bar and pasting it over the problematic text.

Alternatively, you can use the key commands CTRL + SHIFT + V (Windows) or CMD+SHIFT+OPT+V (Mac) to strip out any formatting from the text you are pasting.


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Issue: On Windows laptops with a touchscreen, DM 1.0 projects have functional issues, such as preventing users from moving an image, or editors from creating highlights on images.

Workaround: You can temporarily disable your touchscreen's functionality, and DM projects can be used as usual. Here are the instructions on how to do so: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht502617

Please Note: DM 2.0 will address this issue.

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