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"Systems for Managing Digital Media Collections"

Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems, Digital Media on September 16th, 2009

JISC Digital Media has released "Systems for Managing Digital Media Collections."

Here's an excerpt :

Everyone's collection and context is unique, so your choice of a system (or systems) for managing your media will require a careful assessment of your needs and resources and an evaluation of the available options. This paper provides an overview of a number of different approaches to digital media management: from some very cheap and 'low-tech' approaches to much more complex and specialised solutions. Another paper in this series discusses some of the commonly available functionality in more detail and raises some key questions to consider when choosing a system . . .

We have given more than thirty examples of systems below, with links to further descriptions on JISC Digital Media's website or to external sites. These examples are not meant to be exhaustive or to imply any sort of endorsement or criticism: they are offered for information purposes only. This is a competitive and fast-changing environment, in which new versions are pushed out, new systems emerge, and last year's cutting-edge features become standard issue.

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    Omeka Image Annotation Plugin 1.0 Beta

    Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Media, Museums, Open Source Software on June 24th, 2009

    The Center for History and New Media, George Mason University has released the Image Annotation Plugin 1.0 beta for Omeka.

    Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

    Have you ever wanted to annotate your images on Omeka like you can on Flickr?

    Now you can with the beta release of Omeka's Image Annotation plugin! Using an adaptation of Chris Woods' jQuery plugin, jquery-image-annotate, Omeka's new Image Annotation plugin allows users to add textual annotations to images. To add an image annotation, users select a region of the image and then attach a textual description.

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      Sound Archives Film Image Repository Project: SAFIR Final Report

      Posted in Digital Media, Digital Repositories, Fedora, Institutional Repositories on May 19th, 2009

      JISC has released the Sound Archives Film Image Repository Project's SAFIR Final Report.

      Here's an excerpt:

      The SAFIR project has achieved what it set out to do, to begin the task of building a multimedia repository infrastructure for the University of York. The project has successfully implemented software for the storage layer (Fedora Commons), along with an interface (Muradora) and has populated that repository with a pilot collection of images. It has implemented a degree of access control, developed metadata profiles, recommendations, policies, licences and copyright clearance procedures, implemented a basic level of interoperability and gathered knowledge and expertise. SAFIR has been a success although there is much more work ahead at York. There is a balance to be struck between taking time to consult and absorb best practice in order to make the best, sustainable decisions and the pressures of immediate needs and project deadlines. Having a JISC deadline has kept the project focussed and although we have tried to ensure that the right decisions were made, we may have sacrificed "best possible" in order to meet an immediate need, for example in our metadata profile decisions or our use of Muradora as an interface. In choosing open source software, in particular Fedora Commons, our development and implementation path is made longer, but the benefits of increased flexibility, building sustainable in-house skill and working in the wider context were seen to outweigh the benefits offered by a commercial solution. Whether this was the right decision remains to be seen, but the enthusiasm and commitment of the Digital Library team have galvanised around that decision. We have already faced a number of technical delays because of unforeseeable issues with the software and we must continue to ensure that sufficient development time is allocated to tasks. We have significant concerns about the maturity and support of some of the software tested for the project. Managing expectations and working with users is an ongoing process and requires significant attention.

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        djatoka Version 1.1/djatoka Viewer Version 2.0 Released

        Posted in Digital Media, Digital Repositories, Institutional Repositories, Open Source Software on May 11th, 2009

        djatoka version 1.1 and djatoka Viewer version 2.0 have been released.

        Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

        djatoka is a Java-based open source image server with an attractive basic feature set and extensibility under control of the community of implementers. Off-the-shelf, djatoka provides compression and region extraction of JPEG 2000 images, URI-addressability of regions, and support for a rich set of input/output image formats (e.g., BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, PNM, TIF, JPEG 2000). djatoka also comes with a plug-in framework that allows transformations to be applied to regions and resolutions (e.g., watermarking).

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          Presentations from SCARP Workshop: Building and Curating Online Video Corpora

          Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media, Digital Repositories on April 28th, 2009

          Presentations from the SCARP Workshop: Building and Curating Online Video Corpora are now available.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          This was a meeting of researchers and stakeholders in data service provision to discuss curation issues raised in our SCARP case study on the roles and re-usability of video data in social studies of interaction. This event aimed to raise mutual awareness of research communities' practices and needs for archiving, sharing and re-using digital video data; and identify how local and national research data services may contribute to the infrastructure for video data curation.

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            Digital Archiving of Audio Content Using WINISIS and Greenstone Software: A Manual for Community Radio Managers

            Posted in Digital Asset Management Systems, Digital Media, Digital Repositories on March 13th, 2009

            UNESCO has released Digital Archiving of Audio Content Using WINISIS and Greenstone Software: A Manual for Community Radio Managers.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This self-instructional Manual describes:

            1. the method of creation of digital archive with WINISIS software,
            2. the creation of a web front-end for the above archives to make it easily usable and accessible over a local area network with GenIsisWeb software,
            3. the creation of a CD-ROM library with WINISIS and GenIsisCD software,
            4. the creation of a digital library of audio documents with Greenstone digital library software. . . .

            The mechanisms described in this Manual can be used for managing not only audio documents, but also other types of digital documents such as text, PDF, HTML and video.

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              First Digital Curation Centre SCARP Case Study Released on Brain Image Preservation

              Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media on November 18th, 2008

              The first Digital Curation Centre SCARP (Sharing Curation and Re-use Preservation) case study has been released: Curating Brain Images in a Psychiatric Research Group: Infrastructure and Preservation Issues.

              Here's the description:

              Curating neuroimaging research data for sharing and re-use involves practical challenges for those concerned in its use and preservation. These are exemplified in a case study of the Neuroimaging Group in the University of Edinburgh’s Division of Psychiatry. The study is one of the SCARP series encompassing two aims; firstly to discover more about disciplinary approaches and attitudes to digital curation through 'immersion' in selected cases, in this case drawing on ethnographic field study. Secondly SCARP aims to apply known good practice, and where possible to identify new lessons from practice in the selected discipline areas; in this case using action research to assess risks to the long term reusability of datasets, and identify challenges and opportunities for change.

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                Digital New Zealand's Coming Home Memory Maker: Users Remix Media to Create Digital Videos

                Posted in Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digital Media, Social Media/Web 2.0 on November 14th, 2008

                Digital New Zealand has released its Coming Home Memory Maker, which allows users to remix historic digital media.

                Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

                The Memory Maker is an interactive online video remix tool, that lets people mix historical film footage, digitised photographs and objects, and music/audio clips into a 60 second video that can then be saved, shared, and embedded on other sites.

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