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Measuring Up: Assessing Use of Digital Repositories and the Resulting Impact Project Gets IMLS Grant

Posted in ARL Libraries, Digital Archives and Special Collections, Digitization, Institutional Repositories on December 10th, 2014

The Measuring Up: Assessing Use of Digital Repositories and the Resulting Impact Project has received an IMLS Grant.

Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $500,000, three-year National Leadership Grant to four partner organizations-the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Montana State University, OCLC Research, and the University of New Mexico-to perform research and recommend best practices that will improve data collection and information sharing for institutional repositories and digitized collections.

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    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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        Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications 2014-2015

        Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization on June 24th, 2014

        The Library of Congress has released the Library of Congress Recommended Format Specifications 2014-2015.

        Here's an excerpt:

        The creation and publication of these recommended format specifications is not intended to serve as an answer to all the questions raised in preserving and providing long-term access to creative content. They do not provide instructions for receiving this material into repositories, managing that content or undertaking the many ongoing tasks which will be necessary to maintain this content so that it may be used well into the future. Tackling each of those aspects is a project in and of itself as each form of content has a unique set of facets and nuances. These specifications provide guidance on identifying sets of formats which are not drawn so narrowly as to discourage creators from working within them, but will instead encourage creators to use them to produce works in formats which will make preserving them and making them accessible simpler. Following these specifications helps make it realistic to build, grow and save creative output for our individual and collective benefit for generations to come.

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          EU Advocate General Issues Opinion on Library Digitization

          Posted in Copyright, Digital Copyright Wars, Digitization, Libraries, Mass Digitizaton, Research Libraries on June 6th, 2014

          The European Union's Advocate General has issued an opinion on library digitization.

          Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

          Here's an excerpt:

          Next, the Advocate General considers that the directive does not prevent Member States from granting libraries the right to digitise the books from their collections, if their being made available to the public by dedicated terminals requires it. That may be the case where it is necessary to protect original works which, although still covered by copyright, are old, fragile or rare. That may also be the case where the work in question is consulted by a large number of students and its photocopying might result in disproportionate wear.

          However, Mr Jääskinen makes clear that the directive permits not the digitisation of a collection in its entirety, but only the digitisation of individual works. It is particularly important not to opt to use dedicated terminals where the sole purpose of doing so is to avoid the purchase of a sufficient number of physical copies of the work.

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            AV Digitisation and Digital Preservation TechWatch Report #01

            Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Media, Digitization, Reports and White Papers on March 6th, 2014

            The PrestoCentre has released the AV Digitisation and Digital Preservation TechWatch Report #01.

            Here's an excerpt:

            This first TechWatch Report has been written by members of PrestoCentre involved in the Presto4U project and was compiled through meetings they had with specialist technology vendors and researchers late 2013.

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              "Unix Commands and Batch Processing for the Reluctant Librarian or Archivist"

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digitization on January 21st, 2014

              Anthony Cocciolo has published "Unix Commands and Batch Processing for the Reluctant Librarian or Archivist" in the Code4Lib Journal.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The Unix environment offers librarians and archivists high-quality tools for quickly transforming born-digital and digitized assets, such as resizing videos, creating access copies of digitized photos, and making fair-use reproductions of audio recordings. These tools, such as ffmpeg, lame, sox, and ImageMagick, can apply one or more manipulations to digital assets without the need to manually process individual items, which can be error prone, time consuming, and tedious. This article will provide information on getting started in using the Unix environment to take advantage of these tools for batch processing.

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                Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template

                Posted in Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digitization on December 12th, 2013

                The PrestoCentre Foundation has released Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template.

                Here's an excerpt:

                Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template is intended to take an institution step-by-step through the process of drafting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the transfer of analog video formats to digital carriers for preservation. This template can be used by libraries, archives, and other cultural heritage institutions and submitted to qualified transfer vendors.

                Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Digitizing Video for Long-Term Preservation publication is part of the Video at Risk project undertaken by New York University and two partner institutions, Loyola University New Orleans and the University of California, Berkeley. The authors of this publication set out to create a template that would identify the key elements integral to the transfer of the video and audio signal from Standard Definition VHS to a preservation-quality digital file.

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