The DC portal will be live around July 2007 - stay tuned! In the meantime, there's plenty of good information on their site.
Digital Commonwealth is seeking member institutions. Please visit their membership page to learn more: http://www.nmrls.org/digitalcommonwealth/fee-schedule.htm
This session is jam-packed with information. Here's a small taste.
Digital preservation - Steven Dalton
DC is *not* providing preservation services, but will provide information resources to help members. Example: http://www.nmrls.org/digitalcommonwealth/digital-preservation.htm
Many things can go wrong
- poor quality image/sound
- inadequate metadata
- obsolescence of hardware/software, or hardware/software failure
- loss of functionality
- proprietary file formats
- deficient back-up, poorly implemented migration strategies
- human interference
How to address these problems?
- address digitzation programmatically: know your collections, users' needs, and let products define creative process
- codify selection policy & follow
- comply w/ standards, best practices
- establish quality benchmarks for digital products
- commit to ongoing education
"This is a great opportunity for collaboration"
Decisions to be made
- digitize in-house, or outsource
- build a repository, or outsource
These programs cross departmental, institution, even disciplinary lines - involve appropriate stakeholders!
Virtual archives: Digital collections Gregor Trinkaus-Randall
- Users retrieve info w/out human intervention
- Enhance access
- Remote retrieval of images
- Extraordinary image quality
- Possibility of full-text search, cross-collection indexing
- Improve control over collections
- Alternative format for fragile objects
- Time and money
- Investment in equipment
- Institutional commitment to traditional preservation of source materials
- Commitment to full integration of technology into info management processes
- High risk of loss!
- What purposes will digitized products serve?
- ID characteristics of source docs - size, type, etc.
- Capabilities of available technology
- In-house or contracted out
As a library school student with a keen interest in digital collections, I greatly enjoyed this session. I'm looking forward to seeing the live portal this summer! Thanks very much to our presenters.