In 2013, the average price for a gallon of gas was $3.80, President Obama was inaugurated for a second term, and Duke University Libraries offered DukeSpace as an institutional repository. Some things haven’t changed much, but the preservation architecture protecting the digital materials curated by the Libraries has changed a lot! We still … Continue reading Preservation Architecture: Phase 2 – Moving Forward with Duke Digital Repository
You might think that three posts about the Extended Date Time Format (EDTF) is three too many for one blog, but we who work with digital collections are very enthusiastic about dates. In two previous posts (Enjoy your Metadata: Fun with Date Encoding and It’s Date Night Here at Digital Projects and Production Services), Maggie … Continue reading EDTF-Humanize
Allow me to introduce the new, and delightfully improved… …Drumroll please!… Duke Chapel Recordings Digital Collection! I think I speak for all of us in the Digital Collections Program when I say how excited we are to roll out this complex collection of digitized audio, video, and manuscripts that document sermons at Duke Chapel from the … Continue reading Digitizing Divinity: New Duke Chapel Recordings Digital Collection
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While most of my Bitstreams posts have focused on my work preserving and archiving audio collections, my job responsibilities also include digitizing materials for display in Duke University Libraries Exhibits. The recent renovation and expansion of the Perkins Library entrance and the Rubenstein Library have opened up significantly more gallery space, meaning more exhibits being rotated … Continue reading Digitizing for Exhibits
Duke University has a long history of student activism, and the University Archives actively collects materials to document these movements. With the administration’s offices residing in the Allen Building, this is not the first time it is the center of activism activity. The Allen Building Study-In occurred November 13, 1967, the Allen Building Takeover occurred February 13, 1969, and … Continue reading Digital Resources: Allen Building Activism
Looking to the Future of the Duke Digital Repository: Defining a Program for Digital Preservation, Management & Access
Our modern day lives and professional endeavors are teeming with digital output. We participate in the digital ecosystem every day, contributing our activities, our scholarship, and our work in new and evolving ways. Some of that contribution gets lost in the Internet ether, and some gets saved, or preserved, in specific, often localized ways that are … Continue reading Looking to the Future of the Duke Digital Repository: Defining a Program for Digital Preservation, Management & Access
Last Summer, Sean and I wrote about efforts we were were undertaking with colleagues to assess the research and scholarly impact of Duke Digital Collections. Sean wrote about data analysis approaches we took to detect scholarly use, and I wrote about a survey we launched in Spring 2015. The goal of the survey was to gather information about our … Continue reading Survey Says: The Who, Why, What Answers you have been Waiting for!
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Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on content for a new exhibit in the library; An Iconic Identity: Stories and Voices of Duke University Chapel. I’d like to share what we created and how they were built. Chapel Kiosk The exhibit is installed in the Jerry and Bruce Chappell Family Gallery near the main entrance to the … Continue reading Chapel Exhibit
If you happen to be rummaging through your parents’ or grandparents’ attic, basement or garage, and stumble upon some old reel-to-reel audiotape, or perhaps some dust-covered videotape reels that seem absurdly large & clunky, they are most likely worthless, except for perhaps sentimental value. Even if these artifacts did, at one time, have some unique historic content, you may … Continue reading The Attics of Your Life
Over the past 6 months or so the Digital Production Center has been collaborating with Duke Collaboratory for Classics Computing (DC3) and the Conservation Services Department to investigate multispectral imaging capabilities for the Library. Multispectral imaging (MSI) is a mode of image capture that uses a series of narrow band lights of specific frequencies … Continue reading Multispectral Imaging in the Library
We have a few new exciting enhancements within our digital collections and archival collection guide interfaces to share this week, all related to the challenge of presenting the proper archival context for materials represented online. This is an enormous problem we’ve previously outlined on this blog, both in terms of reconciling different descriptions of the same … Continue reading Perplexed by Context? Slick Sticky Titles Skip the Toll of the Scroll
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This is a story about how our own digital collections program led us to rediscover an amazing manuscript collection that has been at Duke since at least 1896. The Trinity Archive, now published as The Archive, is a Duke University student literary and cultural journal, first published in 1887 while the college was still based … Continue reading Rediscovering the Tuscarora Indians through The Trinity Archive
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Last time I wrote for Bitstreams, I said “Today is the New Future.” It was a day of optimism, as we published for the first time in our next-generation platform for digital collections. The debut of the W. Duke, Sons & Co. Advertising Materials, 1880-1910 was the first visible success of a major effort to migrate … Continue reading Moving the Needle: Bring on Phase 2 of the Tripod3/Digital Collections Migration
The 1970s are here! That is, in digital form. The Duke Chronicle digital collection now includes issues from the grooviest decade of the twentieth century. The American memory of the 1970s is complex, wavering from carefree love to Vietnam and civil rights. As the social turmoil of the 1960s flowed into the 1970s, Terry … Continue reading Catch You on the Flip Side – 1970s Duke Chronicle Digitized and Online
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So much content. Gobs of content. Never-ending ideas for more content. Content–how to produce, present, and connect it–it’s a challenge the SNCC Digital Gateway Project faces on a daily basis. The SNCC Digital Gateway deals in two types of content. First is the content written by the student Project Team under the direction of our … Continue reading Content Galore: the SNCC Digital Gateway’s Ongoing Challenge
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Now, I know last week’s Bitstreams post about metadata and date encoding left you wanting to know more about Duke Digital Collections date metadata, the Extended Date Time Format, and how we are planning to apply it. Well, don’t you worry – I’m going to talk about it now in scintillating detail. As Cory talked … Continue reading It’s Date Night Here at Digital Projects and Production Services
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Dates are fascinating. They mark time. They’re based, imperfectly, on the pattern of the Earth’s planetary motion. (A year is a little bit longer than 365 days, so our calendar system adds leap years to compensate. Still, it’s off somewhat over thousands of years.) For digital collections it’s important to know when the original item … Continue reading Enjoy your Metadata: Fun with Date Encoding
Q: How is a silent H. Lee Waters film like an oral history recording? A: Neither is text searchable. But, leave it to oral historians to construct solutions for access to audiovisual resources of all stripes. No mistake, they’ve been thinking about it for a long time. Purposefully, profoundly non-textual at their creation, oral histories … Continue reading OHMS-in’ with H. Lee Waters’ Movies of Local People
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