Head, Digital Services
As head of the library's digital services department and the Center for Digital Initiatives, Patrick Yott enjoys working with a dedicated team of library staff who share a committment to developing freely available digital collections based on the library's signature collections and to supporting the work of Brown's faculty and students. Patrick has been working in the digital library arena since 1993 when he developed one of the first web servers at the University of New Hampshire and used it to serve 1990 Census data and other government information. Following that, he moved on to the University of Virginia in 1995 where he developed and directed the Geospatial and Statistical Data Center and oversaw the development of the Library of Tomorrow project. He has worked at Brown since 2001.
Patrick's work focuses on developing a sustainable and open digital repository for Brown which is based on the METS (http://www.loc.gov/mets) schema and on the creation of new tools to automate the production and description of digital objects. In this effort he works closely with colleagues on the faculty and with the Scholarly Technology Group, a division with Brown's Computing and Information Services department.
Patrick has taught classes on XML, XSLT, PERL and PHP/MySQL for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the New England Library Network (NELINET), the Amigos Library Network, as well as other local library consortia. When he is not at work he can most likely be found chasing trout with his fly rod, and lists the Blue Ridge Mountains, Western Maine, and Yellowstone National Park among his favorite locations to wet a line.
Today's card from the deck of Oblique Strategies:*
* "These cards evolved from our separate observations of the
principles underlying what we are doing. Sometimes they were recognized in
retrospect (intellect catching up with intuition), sometimes they were
identified as they were happening, sometimes they were formulated. They can be
used as a pack (a set of posibilities being continuously reviewed in the mind)
or by drawing a single card from a shuffled pack when a dilemma occurs in a
working situation. In this case the card is trusted even if it appropriateness
is quite unclear. They are not final, as new ideas will present themselves,
and others will become self-evident."