The Digital Conversion Interest Group provides a venue to discuss the preservation of audio, photographic, and moving image materials in both analog and digital formats and the digitization or reformatting of audio, photographic, print, and moving image materials for preservation and access.
This year the theme is ACCESS. Panelists will be speaking on how access drives certain decision making in the digitization process, as well as methods for promoting visibility and use of large collections that have recently been digitized.
Bethany Davis, Digital Processing Coordinator Librarian
Rob Shepard, GIS Developer
University of Iowa
The University of Iowa Libraries recently launched Uptight & Laid-back, a digital exhibit documenting the student experience in the 1960s. The exhibit features an interactive map, which visualizes the campus environment of the time, and highlights objects from digitized archival collections in the Iowa Digital Library, a locally hosted instance of CONTENTdm. The exhibit – and the map in particular – provides a new layer of access to our digitized collections. The map uses advanced searching to display images from CONTENTdm within the map and allows users to search across our collections in two clicks. This presentation will discuss technical issues related to dynamic searching from an application external to CONTENTdm. We will explore the challenges of digitizing collections for this project and accessing collections through the CONTENTdm API.
Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project
University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
The Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project is a collaboration between the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and the library system at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. It receives funding support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for Florida and Puerto Rico’s involvement in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a project created by the NEH and the Library of Congress to preserve historical newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 that are currently on aging microfilm. The digitized content is then hosted by the Library of Congress and the two participating universities. This panel presentation will discuss how UF & UPR-RP manage such a large scale, collaborative digitization project. It will cover a brief overview of the NDNP focusing on the overall project workflow including the digitization process, metadata and file management, and ingest. Demonstration of how to access the material will follow, if time permits. While the goal of the NDNP is to offer open access, text searchable versions of analog materials to the general public, achieving this goal requires collaboration between project employees and subject matter experts from a variety of fields.
Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program
New York University
Issues in Archiving Music Composer Websites
This presentation reports on a joint project between New York University Libraries and the Internet Archive to archive the websites of contemporary composers. The project, begun in early 2015 with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to find the best combinations of automated and manual methods for archiving composer websites. The corpus collected shows how early-career composers represent themselves with a web presence. The presentation will both offer a progress report on this project, and discuss how this project is relevant to other types of web archiving, particular to the archiving of websites containing audiovisual material. One part of the presentation will focus on the difficulties of archiving streaming media, and the attempts to extend existing web archiving tools and services to not only collect audio and video streams, but also to present the results in proper context. Building relationships and executing contracts between the collection and Composers will also be
covered, as will efforts to preserve higher quality media files than those placed on the Composers' websites.
The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library recently enhanced access to all public domain items in Digital Collections so that everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse! More technically inclined users will also benefit from updates to the Digital Collections API enabling bulk use and analysis, as well as data exports and utilities posted to NYPL's GitHub account. These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds.
Likewise, to encourage novel uses of our digital resources, NYPL Labs also solicited applications for a new Remix Residency program. Administered by the Library's digitization and innovation team, NYPL Labs, the residency is intended for artists, information designers, software developers, data scientists, journalists, digital researchers, and others to make transformative and creative uses of digital collections and data, and the public domain assets in particular. Two projects will be selected, receiving financial and consultative support from Library curators and technologists.
To provide further inspiration for reuse, the NYPL Labs team also released several demonstration projects delving into specific collections, as well as a visual browsing tool allowing users to explore the public domain collections at scale.
Meeting Type: Discussion/Interest Group
Content Area: Transforming: E-Books & Collections
Interests: Digitial Libraries, Digitization, Emerging Technologies, Preservation
Type of Library: Academic, Consortium, Corporate, Federal, Government, Law, Medical, Museum, Public, Regional System, Research Library, School/Media Center, State Library, Undergraduate
Cost: Included with full conference registration.