The RAC on Historypin

Over the last few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to work with Teresa and Hillel to develop the RAC’s Historypin channel. Historypin is a geographically-based content aggregator that provides a platform for both institutions and individuals to upload images, audio, video, or narrative text and pin them to locations on a map of the world. Historypin is great because it dramatically expands access to historical materials that otherwise might be part of an infrequently used archival collection or gathering dust in someone’s attic. For the RAC, Historypin is especially beneficial because it allows us to reuse already-digitized content and metadata while also improving our search rankings and creating more ways for people to discover our collections. Continue reading

How Much Have We Digitized?

As part of the cost assessment project we recently underwent, I was asked to provide a count of how many items and pages were digitized during each fiscal year that the Special Projects Digitization Program has been in operation.

See the stats.

To do this, I first reviewed all available documentation of which projects have been undertaken, when they were started, how much material was estimated for digitization, and what files were to be produced. I used this to draw up a rough framework to guide my approach to counting specific files within the various structures used to store the many digital surrogates produced. Given the variety of source media, derivatives created, and file hierarchies used, this step was necessary to create meaningful data that could be complied across all of the variations, and to provide a reference point to check the very large numbers I would be coming up with by using the computer to count files. Continue reading

Integrating Archivematica, ATReference and XTF

Last week, we had a site visit from Evelyn McLellan, a Systems Archivist at Artefactual (the company that is developing Archivematica). We discussed a number of issues related to the integration of Archivematica, XTF and ATReference. Continue reading

Sneak Peak at the RF Centennial Site

You’ve been hearing about this project for years, here’s your chance to finally see it! It’s not officially published yet – that’s happening in early Feb. In the meantime, take a look.

A few things to note: not all sections are done; Human Ecology, Urbanization, and Computer Science are still in the works. Likewise, several sections lack media lists – the list of related documents that runs down the side of the essay pages. There are also still a few functionality tweaks here and there that need to be completed.

Feedback is welcome! Please send an email to Teresa if you’d like to make any comments.

My experience with the Centennial Project

The Rockefeller Foundation Centennial project has made it possible for me to learn many things about the process of digitization, digital archival standards, and the construction of a website. I also have seen the decisions that need to be made so that a comprehensive, user friendly site can be built.

This project has taught me basic functional aspects of digitization: scanning, creating text-searchable pdfs, creating derivatives for images, and uploading these documents onto a website. The project has also allowed me to gain an understanding of the Rockefeller Foundation and its goals. Continue reading