You never know what to expect with the SNCC Digital Gateway Project project. This three-and-a-half year collaboration with veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, scholars, and archivists has brought constant surprises, one of which came this past January. The SNCC Digital Gateway website went live on December 13, 2016. One of the 20th century’s most … Continue reading Photographing the Movement
It’s been awhile since we last wrote about the preservation architecture underlying the repository in Preservation Architecture: Phase 2 – Moving Forward with Duke Digital Repository. We’ve made some terrific progress in the interim, but most of that is invisible to our users not unlike our chilly friends, icebergs. Let’s take a brief tour to … Continue reading Nuts, Bolts, and Bits: Further Down the Preservation Path
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In past posts, I’ve paid homage to the audio ancestors with riffs on such endangered–some might say extinct–formats as DAT and Minidisc. This week we turn our attention to the smallest (and perhaps the cutest) tape format of them all: the Microcassette. Introduced by the Olympus Corporation in 1969, the Microcassette used the same width … Continue reading Let’s Get Small: a tribute to the mighty microcassette
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Last spring, we were awfully excited to see the DPLA/Europeana release of RightStatements.org, a suite of standardized rights statements for describing the copyright and re-use status of digital resources. We have never had a comprehensive approach towards rights management for the Duke Digital Repository, but with the release of RightsStatements.org, we now feel we are … Continue reading Rights Management and the Duke Digital Repository
We are still many months (well, OK — a year or more) away from unplugging the servers that keep the Endeca powered Search TRLN catalog and our local catalogs alive. But in the meantime work is well underway on its replacement. For those who don’t know, the libraries of Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, … Continue reading An Update on TRLN Discovery: A New Catalog for the Triangle Research Libraries Network.
“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set.” That was part of the cold open of one of the best science fiction shows of … Continue reading The Outer Limits of Aspect Ratios
A little more than a year ago, I wrote about the proposed update to the 508 accessibility standards. And about three weeks ago, the US Access Board published the final rule that contains updates to the 508 accessibility requirements for Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The rules had not previously been updated since 2001 and … Continue reading 508 Update, Update
If you’ve visited the Duke University Libraries website in the past month, you may have noticed that it looks a bit more polished than it used to. Over the course of the fall 2016 semester, my talented colleague Michael Daul and I co-led a project to develop and implement a new theme for the site. We flipped the switch to … Continue reading A Refreshing New Look for Our Library Website
Here at the Duke University Libraries we recently hosted a series of workshops that were part of a larger Research Symposium on campus. It was an opportunity for various campus agencies to talk about all of the evolving and innovative ways that they are planning for and accommodating research data. A few of my colleagues … Continue reading Revisiting: What is the Repository?
I am sure you have all been following the Library’s exploration into Multispectral Imaging (MSI) here on Bitstreams, Preservation Underground and the News & Observer. Previous posts have detailed our collaboration with R.B. Toth Associates and the Duke Eye Center, the basic process and equipment, and the wide range of departments that could benefit from … Continue reading Multispectral Imaging Through Collaboration
Today is an eventful day for the Duke Digital Repository (DDR). Later today, I and several of my colleagues will present on the DDR at Day 1 of the Duke Research Computing Symposium. We’ll be introducing new staff who’ll focus on managing, curating, and preserving research data, as well as the role that the DDR will … Continue reading A New Home Page for the Duke Digital Repository
At Duke University Libraries (DUL), we are embarking on a new way to propose digitization projects. This isn’t a spur of the moment New Year’s resolution I promise, but has been in the works for months. Our goal in making a change to our proposal process is twofold: first, we want to focus our resources … Continue reading New Digitization Project Proposal Process and Call for Proposals
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A new documentary website: SNCC Digital Gateway: Learn from the Past, Organize for the Future, Make Democracy Work (https://snccdigital.org) debuted on Tuesday, December 13th. It is the product of collaboration between the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Legacy Project, Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, and Duke Libraries. SNCC, which grew out of the student sit-in … Continue reading SNCC Digital Gateway goes LIVE
Noise is an inescapable part of our sonic environment. As I sit at my quiet library desk writing this, I can hear the undercurrent of the building’s pipes and HVAC systems, the click-clack of the Scribe overhead book scanner, footsteps from the floor above, doors opening and closing in the hallway, and the various rustlings of … Continue reading Cutting Through the Noise