DigiTool at Brandeis University Susan Pyzynski Associate Librarian of Houghton Library for Technical Services Harvard University email@example.com September 26, 2005 NERCOMP DigiTool at Brandeis University • Purchased DigiTool in January 2002 as part of a IMLS grant proposal (submitted in Feb 2001) for Daumier Lithograph Collection • Owned ExLibris’ ALEPH system, very few robust image systems on the market (Luna Imaging, ContentDM) DigiTool at Brandeis University • Implemented DigiTool version 1.0 in March-May 2002 • First site to go live • Very limited functionality (i.e. online catalog with thumbnails) DigiTool at Brandeis University Hardware Considerations • Hardware platform - Sun 280R • SunSolaris 8 and Oracle • Attached to a Storage Array (since 2003) • Planning to purchase new server in Fall 2005 DigiTool at Brandeis University • DigiTool software upgrade to version 2.3 in October 2003 (never went live) • DigiTool software upgrade to version 2.4 in Spring 2004 • Included new and enhanced functionality; beginnings of IR support: web Depositor interface, templates, staging area, etc. DigiTool at Brandeis University • Initially bought for Special Collection/Library projects • Central ITS was approached by various departments for support in digital projects: – Anthropology Materials Culture Center – Rose Art Museum – International Business School – Fine Arts Department DigiTool at Brandeis University • Determined to start projects that would integrate and complement as an institutional repository yet stand on their own, i.e., Fine Arts Digital Slide Library and Materials Culture Center • Target select departments and work with them on digital projects DigiTool at Brandeis University • Build trust and exposure within the Brandeis community and get a better sense of the needs and interests of the Brandeis community • Test the functionality of DigiTool as an Institutional Repository DigiTool at Brandeis University Fine Arts Digital Slide Library • They wanted storage, display and presentation of digital images • Slide Librarian eager to try DigiTool and to experiment • Strong interest in using the web Depositor interface • Potential to have faculty and students deposit images • Interest in using DigiTool in the classroom DigiTool at Brandeis University DigiTool at Brandeis University Pros • Can use web Depositor interface from any computer • Easy to learn and use • Allows for templates and assigns ownership • Sends automatic email for approval/decline • Various methods of authentication/access • Robust system DigiTool at Brandeis University Cons • Only Depositor or Staff, no intermediate levels of access • Web interface doesn’t work on a Mac • Default location of digital object being deposited is not configurable • Lack of “communities” or “groups” • No usage statistics/tracking DigiTool at Brandeis University Future • DigiTool 3.0 is a huge leap forward in design and functionality: how do we exploit it? • Want to incorporate DigiTool in Course Reserves/WebCT • Continuing discussion on IR within the Brandeis community: Where are we headed • Can DigiTool fulfill the roles of Digital Collections, Institutional Repository, learning object management, and more?
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