Join DARTH at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, 5 February, in the Thompson Room of the Barker Center for a lunch and demonstration to celebrate the launch of Tablet PDS, a new mobile and iPad-compatible version of the Harvard’s digital repository page delivery service (PDS). The lunch will be catered by Clover, the ultimate food truck team, and Kick Ass Cupcakes, Cambridge’s dessert on wheels.

About the Project

Faculty, students and staff want the convenience of mobile access to digitized documents stored in Harvard’s Digital Repository Service (DRS) that they have previously had to access using standard web browsers.   They also want more flexible page layout options and a richer set of interactive features.

The new tablet-friendly version (“Tablet PDS”) of Harvard’s page viewer offers interactive options for tagging, bookmarking, and sharing pages.   Unlike the regular interface, Tablet PDS offers a simple intuitive interface designed according to mobile app design best practices.

This release marks the end of a successful rapid effort to turn a library lab prototype initially conceived and executed by Chip Goines into a full production release. The development was carried out as an Agile project. Congratulations are in order to the entire agile team: the LTS members: Julie Wetherill (Product Manager and Agile Customer representative), Chip Goines (lead developer), Janet Taylor (user experience), Bobbi Fox (code reviewer), and Randy Stern (Manager of System Development), as well as “customer” representatives  from HCL (Maggie Hale), the Law Library (Steve Chapman and Andy Silva), the Fine Arts Library (Mary Clare Altenhofen), and HUIT Academic Technology Services (Jud Harward and Annie Rota.) The full team met at two week intervals to review a demo of work completed in each iteration and to prioritize work for the next one. The team decided as a group when the software was ready for first release, tested it, and scheduled the formal release.

Artifacts from the agile project can be found on the project wiki.

Recognition is due to the whole team, but especially to Chip Goines for conceiving the project and implementing the working code.