Implementing Open Source DAM at HIstoric New England


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Delivered as part of DAM panel at Museum Computer Network annual conference, Atlanta Georgia, November 17, 2011.

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Implementing Open Source DAM at HIstoric New England

  1. 1. Implementing Open Source DAM at Historic New England David Dwiggins Systems Librarian/Archivist Historic New England Twitter: @dwig
  2. 2. Historic New England’s mission We serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage.Historic New England is a museum of cultural history that collects andpreserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive and to helppeople develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of New England life and appreciation for its preservation.
  3. 3. 5 program areas• Historic Properties• Collections• Preservation Services• Education• Library and Archives
  4. 4. Collections Access Project• Multi-year, grant funded effort to enhance public availability of collections – New collections management system – Large-scale digitization – New website• Project plan did not initially include DAM
  5. 5. Existing Imagery• 20,000+ existing digital images of collections identified before digitization even started
  6. 6. New Digitization
  7. 7. Need for something!• Found ResourceSpace – Open Source Digital Asset Management – Free! (as in puppies, not beer)• Set up as low-commitment experimental tool• Use by collections staff drove acceptance as permanent part of project
  8. 8. ResourceSpace open source DAMs• Originally developed for Oxfam GB• Historic New England is using – and helping develop• Implemented for CAP, but now used across organization
  9. 9. ResourceSpace features• 100% web based• PHP/MySQL technology• Support for a wide variety of file formats via helper applications – Imagemagick – FFmpeg – Exiftool – Etc.
  10. 10. ResourceSpace features• Automatic creation of derivative images• Good support for embedded metadata• Configurable metadata by resource type
  11. 11. ResourceSpace features• Extensive permission options• Ingest files or sync from existing folder structure
  12. 12. Public collections• Public collections – Available to all users – Linked from resource record – Show up in search results• Themes – Curated collections of resources
  13. 13. Collection contact sheets (PDF)
  14. 14. Alternate files
  15. 15. Collections• Allow users to create arbitrary groupings of Resources• Sharing – Internal users – External users via time-limited URLs
  16. 16. Transform Plugin• Allows users to create custom derivatives – Crop – Set specific size – Rotate/Flip• Multiple output options – Download – Save as alternate – Replace original (with permission)
  17. 17. Filestore• Filestore based on hierarchical folders within filesystem (users would never see this)
  18. 18. DAM/collections management integration•ResourceSpace Minisis
  19. 19. Import of embedded metadata
  20. 20. Import process• Lightroom export presets to generate related names for different files• Files go into hotfolder, picked up by customized version of ResourceSpace StaticSync script – StaticSync can operate in sync mode or ingest mode; we use ingest
  21. 21. Import of embedded metadata
  22. 22. Rollout to entire organization• Property Care Team – Imported 45,000 existing images – Heavy creators and consumers• Web project• Training for various user groups
  23. 23. DAM Survey• Conducted survey of users, summer, 2010 – Approximately one year after launch – 37 users completed survey (55% response rate)
  24. 24. Need for system
  25. 25. Overall satisfaction with system
  26. 26. Overall Satisfaction
  27. 27. Areas for improvement
  28. 28. Supporting open source• Active community of users/developers• PHP/MySQL programmers abound• Plugin Architecture – customizations without changing core system
  29. 29. The tool is only the first step• Workflow planning• Policies & user training• Metadata standards and practices• Monitoring of incoming resources• Storage• Backup• Integration with other systems
  30. 30. ResourceSpace resources• Main Site –• Wiki –• Google Group –