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Digitalisation Project Considerations

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