Updating DG's Collection Views
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ Mark A. McFate
Digital.Grinnell employs a custom-built Drupal “view” we call the dg7 Collection View; it’s part of the code in our custom dg7 module where all of Digital.Grinnell‘s hook implementations are also defined. Experience leads me to beleive that keeping a complex Drupal view in code is prudent, but overriding that code with a database copy of the view helps tremendously in terms of system performance.

Staging Digital.Grinnell (DG) on DigitalOcean (DO)
· ☕ 12 min read · ✍️ Mark A. McFate
ISLE v1.3.0 has been running on my staging server, DGDockerX, for months now and it seems to be performing as-expected with one exception… when I try to import a batch of objects using IMI, the Islandora Multi-Importer, I get the following error:

Digital.Grinnell's IMI Workflow
· ☕ 5 min read · ✍️ Mark A. McFate
Note: The abbreviation IMI is used frequently in this post to represent the Islandora Multi-Importer, a CSV-file-driven batch ingest tool used by numerous institutions in the Islandora community. Also, while updating this post I found this gem… Diagrams in Documentation (Markdown Guide).

PDF Ingest in Digital.Grinnell
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Mark A. McFate
A set of 21 PDF objects were ingested into Digital.Grinnell’s Faculty Scholarship collection using IMI on 22-July-2019; unfortunately none of these PDFs contained OCR (optical character recognition) or “text recognition” data, so none of them generated a valid FULL_TEXT datastream. FULL_TEXT datastreams are required to make PDF, and similar text content, searchable and discoverable in Digital.

Mounting //STORAGE for IMI Ingest in Digital.Grinnell
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ Mark A. McFate
Claiming another small victory today! Why? Well, the Digital.Grinnell instance of IMI (Islandora Multi-Importer) module is customized so that choosing “*local” as an object ingest source invokes a hook function I created in our DG7 module. That hook enables IMI to “find” named files/content (things like PDFs, images, etc.