Our new W. Duke & Sons digital collection (released a month ago) stands as an important milestone for us: our first collection constructed in the (Hydra-based) Duke Digital Repository, which is built on a suite of community-built open source software. Among that software is a remarkable image viewer tool called OpenSeadragon. Its website describes it … Continue reading Zoomable Hi-Res Images: Hopping Aboard the OpenSeadragon Bandwagon
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The initial thought I had for this blog post was to describe a slice of my day that revolved around the work of William Gedney. I was going to spin a tale about being on the hunt for a light meter to take lux (luminance) readings used to help calibrate the capture environment of one … Continue reading William Gedney Wants Me To Build A Darkroom
Duke University Libraries has been sharing its rich resources by creating and publishing digital collections for more than 20 years (remember the Scriptorium?), and to date the digital projects team stewards more than 100 collections consisting of 191,000+ items. Over the years the technologies and practices employed to deliver this content have changed often and … Continue reading Onwards, Outwards: Remediating Metadata for Migration to Tripod3
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Content production is deep underway here at the SNCC Digital Gateway, a continuation of the collaboration between Duke University, the SNCC Legacy Project, and Movement scholars that created the One Person, One Vote website. Our project room is piled high with books about the Movement, our walls covered with information about source documents and citation, … Continue reading The Duke-SLP Partnership Continues with the SNCC Digital Gateway
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This week, my colleague Will Sexton and I (as well as several other Duke folks) are attending the Digital Library Federation conference in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. While here, we presented a poster on our work to assess scholarly use of digital collections. Please have a look at our poster below. If you … Continue reading Who Are you and Why are you Here: a Duke Digital Collections Poster
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Yesterday was Back to the Future day, and the Internet had a lot of fun with it. I guess now it falls to each and every one of us, to determine whether or not today begins a new future. It’s certainly true for Duke Digital Collections. Today we roll out – softly – the first … Continue reading Today is the New Future: The Tripod3 Project and our Next-Gen UI for Digital Collections
The Library’s Digital Projects Services department has been working with Digital Repository Services on a software project that will eventually replace our existing Digital Collections platform. There will be future posts announcing the new way of discovering and accessing Duke’s Digital Collections, but I want to use this post to reflect on the tools and … Continue reading Using Community-Built, Open-Source Software to Build a New Digital Collections Platform
For centuries, cultural heritage institutions—like libraries and archives—monitored the use of their collections through varying means of counting and recording. From rare manuscripts used in special collections reading rooms to the copy of Moby Dick checked out at the circulation desk, we like to keep note of who is using what. But what about those … Continue reading Google Analytics and Digitized Cultural Heritage
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the Hopscotch Design Festival, a 2-day precursor to the music event of the same name in Raleigh, NC. The Design Fest used a very wide tent in gathering speakers from the world of design — they included urban planners, architects, musicians, and writers, in addition … Continue reading Hopscotch Design Fest
As 2015 winds down, the Digital Production Center is wrapping up a four-year collaboration with the Duke Herbarium to digitize their lichen and bryophyte specimens. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation, and the ultimate goal is to digitize over 2 million specimens from more than 60 collections across the nation. Lichens and … Continue reading Lichens, Bryophytes and Climate Change
In 2014 the Rubenstein Library acquired the Monograph of Haiti, an aggregation of intelligence information gathered by the U.S. Marine Corps during their occupation of the country between 1915-1934. This item has recently been digitized, and this week guest bloggers Holly Ackerman and Sara Seten Berghausen introduce us to the monograph and its provenance. The … Continue reading Introducing the Digital Monograph of Haiti
How We Got Here: A terribly simplistic history of library metadata Managing the description of library collections (especially “special” collections) is an increasingly complex task. In the days of yore, we bought books and other things, typed up or purchased catalog cards describing those things (metadata), and filed the cards away. It was tedious work, but fairly … Continue reading Baby steps towards metadata synchronization
Life in Duke University Libraries has been even more energetic than usual these past months. Our neighbors in Rubenstein just opened their newly renovated library and the semester is off with a bang. As you can read over on Devil’s Tale, a lot of effort went on behind the scenes to get that sparkly new … Continue reading Recognizing the Garden While Managing the Weeds
Six or seven years ago, we discovered a handy new data mashup service from Yahoo! called Yahoo! Pipes. It had a slick drag-n-drop visual programming interface that made it easy to grab data from a bunch of different live sources, then combine, reshape, and conditionally change it into a new dynamic feed modeled however we … Continue reading A Welcoming Embrace to Huginn, our Yahoo! Pipes Replacement
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Many of my Bitstreams posts have featured old-school audio formats (wax cylinder, cassette and open reel tape, Minidisc) and discussed how we go about digitizing these obsolete media to bring them to present-day library users at the click of a mouse. In this post, I will take a different tack and show how this sound … Continue reading Future Retro: Images of Sound Technology in the 1960s Duke Chronicle
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Last year we at Duke University Libraries circulated a prospectus for our still-young partnership with the SNCC Legacy Project, seeking bids from web contractors to help with developing the web site that we rolled out last March as One Person, One Vote (OPOV). Now, almost 18 months later, we’re back – but wiser – hoping … Continue reading Request for Proposals – The SNCC Digital Gateway
We experience a number of different cycles in the Digital Projects and Production Services Department (DPPS). There is of course the project lifecycle, that mysterious abstraction by which we try to find commonalities in work processes that can seem unique for every case. We follow the academic calendar, learn our fate through the annual budget cycle, … Continue reading FY15: A Year in Digital Projects
The Library is currently in the middle of digitizing sermons from the Duke University Chapel recordings housed in the Duke University Archives, part of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Within this collection there are audio and video recordings along with printed sermons. While it takes many people to digitize and publish … Continue reading A Sermon: Moral Crisis in a Troubled South (1956)