WHAT IS MAGIC?
• University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic
Information Center - MAGIC
• 200,000+ maps, aerial photos, and atlases
• Focus on providing public access to maps and geographic
information for Connecticut and surrounding region
COPYRIGHT & SCANNING
• Key things to consider:
• Government Agency vs Private Company
• Pre-1924 materials
• Copy or original
• Cartographer and Publisher
• Year of material
RESEARCH... THIS COULD TAKE AWHILE
• May need to contact libraries, publishers...
• Look for atlases, books and supporting materials
if an item has been scanned - Google Books, Internet
Archive, OAIster, Google, David Rumsey, Flickr, Local Libraries
• Explore the drawers - could be part of a series
• Create workspace with:
• space to spread out maps (may need to ﬂatten)
• dim lighting (for ﬂatbed scanning)
• some humidity - will help avoid damage to materials
• good ventilation - some maps may have an “aroma”
• 4GB RAM or more
• 512MB video card (dedicated) minimum
• Consider dual screens (2 - 19” monitors)
• Hard drive space - minimum 320GB
• Short Term
• 1-3 days - local computer hard drive
• Long Term
• Networked, backed up storage solution
• Able to grow with your digitization storage needs
• Backup to remote location (tape or mirrored)
• Bit rot!
• DVDs, CDs, digital ﬁles all potential victims
• Important to have back-ups
• Migrate data to verify
• Think you don’t have this? Chances are you do or will soon!
FORMATS - TIFF
• Lossless (uncompressed)
• Readable in Photoshop and most image editing programs
• Enables Exif data storage
• Gold standard for archival master copies
• GeoTIFF includes geo-location data
FORMATS - JPEG2000
• Lossy and Lossless ﬁle format (depending on settings)
• New standard for JPEG images - preserves color varations
• Reduced ﬁle size
• Requires Adobe Photoshop and other image software to view
• Exif data supported
FORMATS - PNG
• Improves upon and replaces GIF format
• Supports transparency
• Lossless image format
• Does not support Exif data
• Good for derivatives, not for archival masters
FORMATS - PDF
• Lossy or lossless format (depending on settings)
• Includes GeoPDF option - includes coordinate data
• Can include multiple layers
• Optimized for vector data (text)
• Good for deliverables depending on setting
PLANNING THE PROJECT
• Material Selection • Equipment & Costs
• What area(s) are the • Student labor?
• Scanning equipment
• High Use Items?
• Potential High Use Items?
• Digitize to Preserve?
• Funding Options?
• UseGoogle Analytics to determine frequently searched for
• What are users asking for most frequently?
• Are there unique items you want to showcase?
• Digitization can lead to increased usage and help preserve the
• Survey to ﬁnd out what users want to see
• Provide a series of options - help prioritize
• Colorful maps will likely generate more interest initially
• Think about themes... transportation, census, topographic...
METADATA - OPTIONS
• MARC Records - traditional option for maps, integral part of
• FGDC Metadata - includes details on data attributes, data
creation notes, and in-depth details
data - available for some image formats (TIFF, JPEG, JPEG
MARC - PROS AND CONS
• Essential for library catalog
• Enables bounding box data to be added
• Can be migrated to other formats (XML)
- multiple subjects, coordinates, and other location
related data options.
• Good place to start!
Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) guidelines for
• FGDC Quick Guide (9 pages) includes key elements
• Providesﬂexibility for creating metadata for datasets, aerial
photos, satellite images and more
• Use others examples to guide development
FGDC METADATA TOOLS
• ArcCatalog is the preferred FGDC metadata creator for GIS
• Becomes part of the “workﬂow” and establishes good
FLICKR FOR MAPS?
• $24.95 / year for unlimited space (20 MB per ﬁle or less)
• Includes creative commons licensing options
• Metadata can be added
• Usage Statistics per item & per 28 days
• Excellent “Discovery” tool
• Can enable download of maps