Tag Archives: Digital Spotlight

Digital Spotlight: Digitization Cost Calculator

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

Planning for a possible digitization project requires cost and time estimates for which there are few good models. Digitization is ubiquitous in libraries, museums, and archives in the 21st century, but due to the variance of institution type, available resources, and experience with digitization workflows, it is difficult to extrapolate metrics that can be reused. The Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group, recognizing the need, has been working to build and refine a digitization cost calculator.

Digital Spotlight: DPLA Fest 2017

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

On April 20-21, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brought its annual conference to the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago’s South Loop. Several hundred librarians, archivists, and technologists enjoyed two days of presentations and lightning talks on the present and future of the DPLA.

Change was the unofficial theme of the proceedings as Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the DPLA, had announced his departure prior to the conference. The hydra-in-a-box platform adopted an official name for its product under development: Hyku. And the DPLA updated on a major technological change as it moved its aggregating workflow from OAI-PMH to ResourceSync; a move that reduced ingest times from hours to minutes. Given the centrality of the DPLA and the alignment of many institutions around DPLA standards, their technological shifts are followed closely.

Digital Spotlight: The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project (BGMRP)

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Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

Baylor University has digitized over eight thousand recordings made by Black gospel groups and made twelve hundred of them available for listening by the public. They intend to cover the “Golden Age of Gospel” and describe their scope accordingly:

“The purpose of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project (BGMRP) is to identify, acquire, preserve, record and catalogue the most at-risk music from the black gospel music tradition. This collection will primarily contain 78s, 45s, LPs, and the various tape formats issued in the United States and abroad between the 1940s and the 1980s.”

Digital Spotlight: DocNow, Chronicling Historically Significant Events

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

DocNow is an effort to ethically collect and preserve “the public’s use of social media for chronicling historically significant events.” The project is a joint effort between the University of Maryland, University of California, Riverside (UCR), and Washington University in St. Louis.

Digital Spotlight: The Vatican Apostolic Library

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

The Vatican Apostolic Library, founded in 1451 AD, is digitizing over 80,000 works from their archives. These scanned works – including manuscripts, prints and drawings – are being made available to the world at http://digi.vatlib.it/.

Most recently, the Vatican has scanned and made available a 1,600 year-old manuscript that contains portions of the “The Aeneid” and “Georgics” by the poet Virgil. The manuscript consists of seventy-six pages and fifty illustrations from “The Aeneid.” You can view the full manuscript, and download individual images, at http://digi.vatlib.it/view/MSS_Vat.lat.3225.

Digital Spotlight: UCLA Library Special Collections Digital Project Toolkit

Submitted by Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager

The UCLA Library Special Collections Digital Project Toolkit is designed to support a variety of digital projects that may occur in a special collections library, including collaborative digital humanities projects, boutique and large-scale digitization projects, and projects that include development of a digital platform to provide access to digital content.” If you are planning a digital project, this toolkit is an invaluable resource. You do not need to reinvent the wheel, and the best outcome of collaborative projects is when the lessons learned are shared with peers.

Digital Spotlight: Robots Reading Vogue

In this month’s installment of Digital Spotlight, Andy Carter, ATLA Digital Projects Manager, shares Robots Reading Vogue.

The Digital Humanities at Yale University Library acquired the text, scans, and metadata of the entire Vogue catalog (1892-present) from ProQuest. As the library states, “One of the great things about academic libraries is the way they can bring together seemingly disparate research interests–for example, fashion and data mining.” The project includes 27,000 covers, 400,000 pages, and 6 TB of data.

They built some interesting tools, one in particular is the Colormetric Space. According to the library, 

Digital Spotlight: Rosa Parks Papers

The Library of Congress has digitized the papers of Rosa Parks. The archive spans the years of 1866-2006, with the bulk of the material dating from 1955 to 2000. This collection includes roughly 7,500 manuscript items and 2,500 photographs, including Park’s first-hand recollections of the Montgomery bus boycott and personal correspondence with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This online archive is free and available for the next 10 years on loan from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Digital Spotlight: An Arresting Lantern from Center for Adventist Research

Andy Carter, Digital Projects Manager, spends a lot of time looking through our member’s digital collections. There is a wealth of rare and important materials being preserved by ATLA member institutions. He is constantly finding gems and felt compelled to share this arresting lantern slide from Institutional Member Andrews University, James White Library, Center for Adventist Research: King Nebuchadnezzar’s vision of a statue in Daniel 2.

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