Digitalisation Project Considerations

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  • 1. Practical Steps Towards Your Local and/or Regional Digitalisation Project   Laurie N. Taylor, PhD [email_address] University of Florida Libraries
  • 2. Reasons
    • For Digital Libraries : full, open access materials online within organised, described collections
    • For Preservation: physical library services online, may include Digital Libraries as a service.
    • For New Creative Projects : exhibits, websites…
    • For Commercial Uses
  • 3.
    • Defining Infrastructure : tools for digitalisation, digital library online space
    • Defining Projects : selecting manageable & contextualized projects
    • Digitizing Materials : Copyright, creating metadata, digitizing, loading online, and organizing
    • Building Context : Exhibits, themes, and more
    • Collaboration : Building additional context and scope for development & promotion
    • Planning : For continued growth and more connections
    • Promotion : Promoting each collection and each project and explaining how they develop the Library as each phase is finished
    • Assessment/Feedback
    General Steps Towards Building a Digital Library
  • 4.
    • Display / Usability: for internal development and patrons
    • Access: open or restricted
    • Sustainability / Preservation
      • Reputation and capability of service providers, number and size of install base (for sustainability and shared improvements)
      • Equipment and training
      • Ability to migrate, add collaborators, move content
    Infrastructure Considerations
  • 5.
    • Define long term project goals
    • Define immediate project for development
    • Define stakeholders
    Defining Infrastructure, from Part to Whole
  • 6.
    • Synergy: digital collections are the sum of their parts and their connections
    • Discreteness: each item in a digital collection exists on its own
    • Modularity: and each item exists in combination / reconfiguration with the others
    Points to Remember
  • 7.
    • Higher costs if independent
    • Rights and ownership; any limitations?
    • Attribution / Recognition of Contribution
    • Benefits of Collaboration: preservation, sustainability, recognition, enhancement of materials through the collaborative
    Collaboration Considerations
  • 8.
    • http:// dloc.com/?c = dloc&m = hitmanual
    Digitalisation
  • 9.
    • Select tools/equipment
    • Select relevant standards and ways to support
    • Select equipment for housing the Digital Library
    • Hire or train personnel
    Beginning Digitalisation
  • 10.
    • Project scale and initial material type will determine many choices.
    • Equipment
      • Photos: flatbed scanners, relatively smaller server space
      • Maps and newspapers: larger scanners, need zoom technology and more server space
      • Books: specialized scanners, specialized presentation technology
    • Processing:
      • Copyright research, level of metadata creation, file types, organizing, usability, findability
    Digitalisation Processing
  • 11. Infrastructure Considerations Digital Library Equipment
  • 12. Digital Library System Infrastructure
  • 13. http://kong.lib.usf.edu:8881/ DigiTool by ExLibris
  • 14.
    • Limited customization
    • Difficult interface for users and developers
    • Difficult URLs for search engines
    DigiTool by ExLibris http://digitool3.lib.fsu.edu/
  • 15. ContentDM (offered by OCLC) http://digital.tcl.sc.edu/cdm4/browse.php
  • 16.  
  • 17. http://www.kchistory.org/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=/Henry
  • 18.  
  • 19. http://www.fedora-commons.org
  • 20.  
  • 21. http://www.dspace.org/ DSpace
  • 22. http://dspace.mit.edu/
  • 23.
    • Greenstone
  • 24.  
  • 25.  
  • 26.
    • Modular development:
    • What three items would you most like to have digital?
    • What three themes/concepts? (authors, historical period, city, idea, event)
    • How do those themes and materials connect with other libraries here?
    • How do those connect with your audiences? (local, researchers, world)
    Technology in Service of Collections & Connections
  • 27.
    • Goals for digitalisation
    • Goals for individual collections
    • Defining and creating collections
    • Showcasing the collections
    • Making every step count more than once
    Opening the Digital Library
  • 28.
    • Questions
    • www.uflib.ufl.edu/ufdc www.dloc.com
    • www.uflib.ufl.edu/digital [email_address]