Contract Programmer, Repository Registry
Orbis Cascade Alliance
The Orbis Cascade Alliance seeks a qualified programmer to perform the
following work by 2014 September 30 through a Personal Services Contract with
**Description of Overall Project**
The Archive Engine West grant began 2011 October 1 as the Cross-Search and
Context Utility and was scheduled to conclude on 2013 December 31. Although
the aims of the Archive Engine West grant have largely been fulfilled, there
is a strong a need to better integrate into the Alliance's Strategic Agenda.
Thus, the extension project addresses infrastructure, digital content
metadata, preparing to potentially become a DPLA Service Hub, and integration
with the Orbis Cascade Alliance's Strategic Agenda and new organizational
structure. The grant extension concludes of 2014 December 31.
**Scope of Work**
Create a sustainable infrastructure for repository records used by AEW and
NWDA's EAD infrastructure. To be completed by 2014 September 30 based on
existing specifications (see below).
Skilled at modern web programming standards and UI design. Experienced in
ASP.NET and the C# language. Knowledge of the Windows Internet Information
Server as a platform for ASP-based interfaces. Demonstrated knowledge of XML
as well as digital library metadata standards and systems.
Demonstrated record of trustworthiness and completing projects on time and at
or under budget through contacts with past clients.
Evidence of adequate liability insurance.
Application: Due by close of business August 1, 2014 to Jodi Allison-Bunnell,
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Letter of application that includes a not to exceed price for the project
Portfolio of projects completed
Three client references
Objective: Create a sustainable infrastructure for repository records used by
AEW and NWDA's EAD infrastructure.
Timeline: To be completed by 2014 September 30.
Repository records storage and management is a new module
for the NWDA utility site, a password-protected site accessible only to
members at https://nwda.orbiscascade.org/tools/Login.aspx. The members
currently use the tools linked to this site to validate and upload their
Encoded Archival Description (EAD)-based finding aid documents to the NWDA
back-end database. After the work described here is
completed, NWDA members should be able to log into the utility site and edit
their repository records as well, then have that information be displayed for
all their finding aids on the NWDA site, http://nwda.orbiscascade.org.
Repository records are currently encoded via embedded XML elements into each
XML-based EAD document hosted on the NWDA site. Keeping this information
complete and up to date for each individual document is a maintenance issue
that limits the usefulness and accuracy of the metadata. The aim of this
project is to move from this approach to a more flexible and easily maintained
one that produces better user outcomes. Once the repository
records are in a central registry, the XSLT stylesheet for rendering the EAD
documents to HTML will reference the registry records
instead of the encoded information in the EADs.
The production utility site is hosted on a dedicated hardware server running
the Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard operating system. The
web server is Microsoft IIS 7 and the site software is written in Microsoft C#
used as back-end scripts and support for some functions and can be used for
this project as well, if desired. The original development
environment was and continued support has been done with
Visual Studio 2010 Professional.
The source code for the utility site will be provided to the developer for
installation on an appropriate local server available to them, with the
expectation that the code for the repository registry will be developed
against this and then returned for integration into the production code
base. Documentation, both external to and within source
code, will be provided by the developer.
Repository records should contain the following fields:
• Name of repository with parent institution (e.g. Heritage Resources, Western
• URL of repository
• Phone number
• Fax number
• Complete mailing address: address, city, state, ZIP
• Narrative for planning an in-person research visit OR URL to website that
provides this information
• Narrative that provides an overview of collection and collection strengths
OR URL to website that provides this information
• Narrative that describes how researchers request copies OR URL to website
that provides this information
• Institutional logo
The data listed above has already been collected from NWDA members.
The repository records should be constructed such that they can be referenced
by XSLT stylesheets for display as the following EAD fields:
• Name of repository:
• Email, URL, phone, fax, address: , each on separate
• Narratives: Display under each repository's name under "contact us" section
The responsibility of the developer hired for this project will be to
implement the registry record user interface for data entry and the back-end
storage platform for the records. The NWDA database
administrator will take responsibility for the XSLT and finding aid retrieval
code modifications needed to use the repository records during finding aid
A non-propriety, open source solution should be used as the back-end storage
platform for the registry, if possible
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