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Implementing Open Source DAM at Historic New England David Dwiggins Systems Librarian/Archivist Historic New England firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @dwig
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.
5 program areas• Historic Properties• Collections• Preservation Services• Education• Library and Archives
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
Existing Imagery• 20,000+ existing digital images of collections identified before digitization even started
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
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
ResourceSpace features• 100% web based• PHP/MySQL technology• Support for a wide variety of file formats via helper applications – Imagemagick – FFmpeg – Exiftool – Etc.
ResourceSpace features• Automatic creation of derivative images• Good support for embedded metadata• Configurable metadata by resource type
ResourceSpace features• Extensive permission options• Ingest files or sync from existing folder structure
Public collections• Public collections – Available to all users – Linked from resource record – Show up in search results• Themes – Curated collections of resources
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