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Digital Library Presentation NHLA 2008

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Digital Library Presentation NHLA 2008

  1. 1. Creating a Digital Library with Open Source Software NHLA Spring 2008 Concord, New Hampshire
  2. 2. Background
  3. 3. Challenges of the Original Materials <ul><li>Deterioration </li></ul><ul><li>No index; items were hard to locate </li></ul><ul><li>Low accessibility </li></ul>
  4. 4. Primary Goals <ul><li>Encourage preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Improve accessibility and visibility </li></ul>
  5. 5. Objectives <ul><li>Subject headings linking similar articles </li></ul><ul><li>Full-text search capability </li></ul><ul><li>Web-accessible </li></ul>
  6. 6. Inspiration <ul><li>Beyond Brown Paper </li></ul><ul><li>http://beyondbrownpaper.plymouth.edu </li></ul>
  7. 7. WordPress <ul><li>Open Source Software </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging Software </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why WordPress Works <ul><li>Full-text searching </li></ul><ul><li>Broad categories </li></ul><ul><li>Tags </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic pages built on a database </li></ul>
  9. 10. Process Simplified <ul><li>Installed WordPress on a remote server </li></ul><ul><li>Purchased a domain name </li></ul><ul><li>Scanned or keyed in the data </li></ul><ul><li>Added each article as separate blog post </li></ul><ul><li>Continued to tweak the template, plugins, etc. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Costs <ul><li>Open source software = Free </li></ul><ul><li>Web hosting = $10/month </li></ul><ul><li>Domain name costs = $6.00/year </li></ul><ul><li>I have an inexpensive scanner with OCR software (cost $100) </li></ul><ul><li>I used my own computer. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Outcomes <ul><li>The warrant articles can be found through a full-text search . </li></ul><ul><li>The articles can be browsed by subject, topic, or year. </li></ul><ul><li>The articles are easily accessible online . </li></ul><ul><li>Hopefully, the materials will be handled less. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Learn from My Mistakes <ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Plan </li></ul>
  13. 14. Planning a Digital Library <ul><li>Create a small sample project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digitize no more than 5% of your materials to start with. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement different plug-ins and themes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop a solid navigation structure with categories and tags. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Planning a Digital Library <ul><li>Readjust your plan accordingly. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New versions of WordPress or other open source software will continue to be developed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New features may be added that would enhance your site. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be aware of new features in development. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Planning a Digital Library <ul><li>Consider using your own computer as a host for the sample project. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using your own computer, versus a remote server, can save you time when developing a new project. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Planning a Digital Library <ul><li>Learn as much as you can about the software before starting your main project. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the pilot project as a way to learn the software, implement plug-ins and themes, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Planning a Digital Library <ul><li>Collaborate closely with other organizations. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress software can easily be configured to allow for multiple contributors. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with volunteers from the library or other town organizations, like the historical society, to help build the site. </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Think Outside the Box <ul><li>Look at the big picture. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get caught up with the traditional library-methods of creating a digital library. </li></ul><ul><li>However you decide to digitize and publish your collection, you will have increased its accessibility and helped to preserve the materials. </li></ul>
  19. 20. Primary Goals Revisited <ul><li>Increase the visibility and accessibility of our collections </li></ul><ul><li>Help to preserve physical collections </li></ul>

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