Archive for the 'Digital Archives and Special Collections' Category

Toolkit: Equipment for Image Digitisation Projects

Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digitization on September 23rd, 2014

JISC has released Toolkit: Equipment for Image Digitisation Projects.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

This Jisc Digital Media toolkit sets out to look at each of these technologies in detail, outlining both the theory behind the technology, along with more practical insights. It looks at cameras and scanners in depth and provide the stakeholder with the knowledge required to make informed decisions when purchasing, what can be, very expensive items of equipment.

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    Guidelines for Planning the Digitization of Rare Book and Manuscript Collections

    Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digitization on September 22nd, 2014

    IFLA has released Guidelines for Planning the Digitization of Rare Book and Manuscript Collections.

    Here's an excerpt:

    These guidelines attempt to complement this body of knowledge by addressing the specific needs related to planning digitization projects for rare and special collections. They are written from the point-of-view of special collection managers, rare book librarians, curators, and researchers who study the physical object as an artefact bearing intrinsic historical evidence as much as for the intellectual content that it contains.

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      Omeka Everywhere Development Funded by IMLS

      Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Museums on September 19th, 2014

      The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences has funded the development of Omeka Everywhere.

      Here's an excerpt from the press release:

      The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, in partnership with Ideum and the University of Connecticut's Digital Media Center, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a National Leadership Grant for Museums from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to create Omeka Everywhere. Dramatically increasing the possibilities for visitor access to collections, Omeka Everywhere will offer a simple, cost-effective solution for connecting onsite web content and in-gallery multi-sensory experiences, affordable to museums of all sizes and missions, by capitalizing on the strengths of two successful collections-based open-source software projects: Omeka and Open Exhibits.

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        Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341

        Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 3rd, 2014

        ARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341.

        Here's an excerpt from the press release:

        ARL has released Digital Collections Assessment and Outreach, SPEC Kit 341, which investigates what methods ARL member libraries use to maintain the relevancy of their locally curated digital library collections, and to continue to sustain, grow, capture return on investment, and enhance existing resources through outreach and assessment. The publication also explores current practices for integrating digital resources into the research, teaching, and learning environment.

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          Linked Archival Metadata: A Guidebook (Version 0.99)

          Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Linking, Linked Data, and Semantic Web on April 28th, 2014

          Eric Lease Morgan and LiAM have released Linked Archival Metadata: A Guidebook (Version 0.99).

          Here's an excerpt:

          Linked data is a process for embedding the descriptive information of archives into the very fabric of the Web. By transforming archival description into linked data, an archivist will enable other people as well as computers to read and use their archival description, even if the others are not a part of the archival community. The process goes both ways. Linked data also empowers archivists to use and incorporate the information of other linked data providers into their local description. This enables archivists to make their descriptions more thorough, more complete, and more value-added. For example, archival collections could be automatically supplemented with geographic coordinates in order to make maps, images of people or additional biographic descriptions to make collections come alive, or bibliographies for further reading.

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            The Benefits and Risks of the PDF/A-3 File Format for Archival Institutions

            Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Publishing, Reports and White Papers on February 24th, 2014

            The NDSA has released The Benefits and Risks of the PDF/A-3 File Format for Archival Institutions.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            The report takes a measured look at the costs and benefits of the widespread use of the PDF/A-3 format, especially as it effects content arriving in collecting institutions. It provides background on the technical development of the specification, identifies specific scenarios under which the format might be used and suggests policy prescriptions for collecting institutions to consider.

            For example, the report suggests that for memory institutions, the acceptance of embedded files in PDF/A documents would depend on very specific protocols between depositors and archival repositories that clarify acceptable embedded formats and define workflows that guarantee that the relationship between the PDF document and any embedded files is fully understood by the archival institution.

            Additionally, the report notes that the complexity of the PDF format and the wide variance in PDF rendering implementations and creating applications suggests that PDF/A-3 may be appropriate for use in controlled workflows, but may not be an appropriate choice as a general-purpose bundling format.

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              Omeka 2.1.4 Released

              Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Open Source Software on February 7th, 2014

              The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media has released Omeka 2.1.4.

              Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

              This maintenance release includes some style additions and corrections in the admin theme, as well as a fix to how records are sorted for newer versions of MySQL. . .

              Updated versions of the COinS and Exhibit Builder plugins are also bundled with this release, fixing an error in COinS for PHP 5.2. The updated Exhibit Builder plugin improves many parts of the styling, especially across interaction with many plugins, and expands the data returned by the API.

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                Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories

                Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on November 1st, 2013

                The Council on Library and Information Resources has released Born Digital: Guidance for Donors, Dealers, and Archival Repositories.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                This report offers recommendations to help ensure the physical and intellectual well-being of born-digital materials transferred from donors to archival repositories. The report surveys the primary issues and concerns related to born-digital acquisitions and is intended for a broad audience with varying levels of interest and expertise, including donors, dealers, and repository staff.

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