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									  Digital Scholarship: Access for all:
two prototypes for a low-cost, scalable
           digital repository

NJLA Tech Innovations Forum
April 24, 2007
Presentation by Marta Deyrup and Paul Fisher
Presented by Maura Kenny
Seton Hall University Libraries
 Our Digital Repositories

•Journal—a searchable, digital version of the Chesterton Review,
using free software (a MySQL database, Adobe PDF technology)
and relying on existing university infrastructure (a Linux server
running Apache)
•Religious Artifacts—digitized chalices, robes, manuscripts,
using software (a MySQL database, Zoomify) relying on existing
university infrastructure (a Linux server running Apache)
  Project’s Benefit to Library Users

•Increased access to and visibility of unique materials in our special collections
•Preservation issues—less handling of rare artifacts
•Benefit to humanities community at large
•Additional collections to be added: faculty publications database, Rodino Law
journals, School of Diplomacy newsletter, Poetry Encyclopedia
 Impact on Library Operations

•Cross division collaboration among catalogers, archivists, digital
media specialists, programmers
•Minimal impact on work flow management
•Student help was major factor in low cost
 Project’s Benefit to Information Community

•Particularly valuable to smaller institutions with limited
resources
•In-house digital projects require an enormous investment of staff
time and capital. Commercial vendors like Proquest Digital
Commons expensive; open-source models like DSpace relatively
difficult to program
•Project is replicable, low-cost, uses free software and existing
hardware
•Ongoing modifications to serve as institutional repository for
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
The Chesterton Review

• Client Specifications
   1.   Full text search capabilities (in multiple languages)
   2.   Familiar interface
   3.   Cross-platform searching
   4.   Managed by Library staff, with minimal IT interaction
   5.   Scalable for additional publications
   6.   Preserve the look and feel of the print journal
Technical Specifications
•   Existing Hardware
•   Existing Database - MySQL
•   Adobe PDF
    •   Scan the document at 300 dpi
    •   Run PaperCapture
•   Java Servlets for the web interface
•   Java programs are processing the PDF
    •   Common open source packages
    •   Pulls each line and creates metadata and index
    •   Creates the navigation structure
•   Allows for full text, searchable version of the volume
•   Chesteron Review
Rare Artifacts Database

• Client Specifications
   1.   Dublin Core Metadata Standard
   2.   Speaks to Catholic Research Portal
   3.   Explore all angles, sides, aspects of the piece
   4.   Familiar interface
   5.   Managed by Library staff, with minimal IT interaction
   6.   Scalable for additional projects
   7.   Preserve the look and feel of the artifact
Technical Specifications
•   Existing Hardware
•   Exisiting WebServer
•   Existing Database - MySQL
•   3D Views of Objects
    •   Quicktime VR
    •   Zoomify
    •   Hi Resolution Images
•   Java Servlets for the web interface
•   Allows for full text, searchable version of the metadata
•   Rare Artifacts
Future Development
•   Additional Publications
    •   Rodino Law Journals
    •   Jewish Christian Studies Repository
    •   Lonergan Institute Materials
•   Collaboration with CRP
•   Additional Artifacts from collections
•   Additional Functionallity
    •   Subscription to collections
    •   Video Collections
Questions and Answers

   For specific technical questions please contact
    Paul Fisher: fisherpa@shu.edu
               Web addresses
   http://tltc.shu.edu/doclib/servlets/Welcome
   http://media.shu.edu/artifacts/

								
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