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Last week the last major component of the Center was installed, the storefront enclosing the conference room.  All that remains are a few minor items on the “punch list”  consisting of the remaining todo items to be completed before the contractor can consider the job done.

In case you’ve ever wondered, the name punch list most likely comes from the early practice of punching a hole through two copies of the list to indicate to both the architect and the contractor that the work was completed for that task.

Final inspections are scheduled for the end of this week.  If everything passes as expected, we may begin moving in next week.

Until then, here are some photos of the new conference room:

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A lot has happened since our last update. In fact, the project is rapidly nearing completion! Since we returned in early January, most of the electrical and lighting reconfiguration has been completed, life safety equipment installed, doors and finishes installed, and some small modification to the carpet have been completed. The last major installation will be happening this week with the arrival of the conference room storefront and ceiling lighting. Overall, we are on track to complete the project by the first week in February. As always, here are a few of the latest pictures:  

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It’s been a couple of weeks since the last update, but a lot has been happening on the Center for Digital Scholarship renovation. Door frames have been installed and drywall has been hung and plastered. We’ve even lost a door! The side door to the Center has been removed to make the new imaging lab light tight. The project has now moved on to less dramatic and visible milestones with work on the electrical, networking, and lighting systems progressing. Contractors will not be in the building while we are closed so work will resume on January 2nd. Have a wonderful, safe, and relaxing holiday break. See you next year!

As always, here are a few of the latest pictures:
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We’ve seen some significant changes this week as most of the framing is up for the new wall and the imaging lab. This week also saw the beginning of minor demolition of part of the wall separating the new conference room from the Audio Video production lab. Just a couple of days left before Finals week. Contractors will be working over Finals Week, but will be concentrating on quieter activities. Here are some pictures showing the main wall and the Digital Imaging lab starting to appear. IMAGE_7AB5D6FD-89BF-42BB-B0DA-CE7255315654.JPGIMAGE_37AE3C08-0ADA-4684-A47B-B313BAC28D64.JPGIMAGE_D863F9D7-5D89-4C0B-92A2-B03BF6F6188C.JPGIMAGE_90BD7DD5-DCB7-45FF-93BC-2929B84CD87D.JPGIMAGE_3071ED24-1CE1-4A26-82BE-DB991C44365A.JPGIMAGE_7AB5D6FD-89BF-42BB-B0DA-CE7255315654.JPG                           .

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DSpace 3.0 was just released over the weekend. Version 3.0 brings with it a bunch of enhancements and improvements as well as what looks like some killer new features. We can’t wait to get it installed and work with it. The new Mobile theme for XMLUI is particularly cool because it was contributed by our own Elias Tzoc working with James Russell at OhioLINK. Here’s the portion of the release notes about the theme For the rest of the improvements and new features, check out the release notes directly: https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/DSPACE/DSpace+Release+3.0+Notes#DSpaceRelease3.0Notes-NewfeaturesinDSpace3.0 Congratulations to Elias and James! Awesome work!

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Just a quick update on the status of the upcoming Center for Digital Scholarship project. Early last week, staff in the Center and in Technical Services completed moves to temporary swing space in preparation for the beginning of construction. The project team met with the General Contractor and the University Architects last week to go over logistics for the project. We expect that construction staging will begin the Monday after the Thanksgiving break with a projected completion date of January. Construction will cease during finals week to minimize noise and inconvenience for our students. We’ll be posting regular updates via email, twitter (@mulcds), and on our website at http://cds.lib.muohio.edu/ with the next news probably coming out just after construction starts. You can also look on our website for additional materials about the project including floor plans, architectural renderings, and photos of construction progress once it gets started.

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Last week, with the help of an OhioLINK developer we completed a web-design upgrade for Scholarly Commons. The new interface includes several new features: a collapsible sidebar menu for searching and browsing, a box with popular items on the front-page, links to faculty’s profile on the Scholars site, an upgraded share option on the item’s page, and a link to related items in Google Scholar. The current content is organized in four main categories: Academic Departments, Research Centers, Research Documents, and University Events and Lectures. We encourage everyone to explore the site, and if you had comments or suggestions, email us at commons@lib.muohio.edu

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NEH has just announced the latest awards in their Digital Humanities Startup grant program and the Scholars Dashboard proposal from OhioLINK was accepted! The project, The Scholars Dashboard: Creating a multidisciplinary tool via design and build workshops will support a series of three two-day workshops that will bring together collaborative teams of scholars, librarians, and technologists to identity and design a range of potential tools and features to augment use of the digitized cultural heritage materials within the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons. The proposal was co-authored by John Magill, Executive Director of OhioLINK; Gwen Evans from Bowling Green State University, and the Center for Digital Scholarship’s John Millard. For more information, see the NEH Press Release

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So, you want to support open access and highlight your work at the same time? Consider creating a personalized faculty profile and contributing your scholarly work to Scholarly Commons, Miami’s portal to faculty scholarship.

Don’t have a lot of free time? No problem. The new Scholars Portal is easy and quick to setup. Here’s a step by step guide:

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