Digital Projects at the UNR Libraries
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  CONTENTdm Interoperability
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Digital Projects at the UNR Libraries
This site documents technical aspects of the digital projects being carried out at the UNR Libraries.  The Libraries often work with partnering institutions, campus entities, campus faculty, and the public to build these digital projects, selected because they emphasize the Libraries' strengths or provide technological or knowledge management challenges.   The projects digitize collections of scholarly and general interest, and are built from a user's perspective.  Many of the projects have been cooperative, especially with entities from elsewhere in the Great Basin Region to explore the use of network technology to promote preservation of the Libraries' unique collections and provide global access to these collections. The Libraries seeks additional partners with complementary holdings.

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My Carpe CONTENTdm: Congruous Coaxing and Customization presentation given at ALA in New Orleans in June of 2006 might be of interest to those who want to know more about what we are trying to accomplish with CONTENTdm; how we decide on our collections; for whom we are building them; challenges we've faced and overcome; some of our coping mechanisms; and what's on our horizon.

We currently have twenty-eight digital collections.  Those that are public are hyperlinked below:

Note: a generic crosswalk showing various metadata schemas for digital projects is a "work in progress".

Arborglyphs on Peavine view the CONTENTdm field properties for this project
Art-Architecture Image Resources (restricted access) view the CONTENTdm field properties for this project; view the data dictionary for this project
Anthropology Teaching Collection (restricted access) view the CONTENTdm field properties for this project
Images of Lake Tahoe view the crosswalk and the CONTENTdm field properties; view the data dictionary for this project
Nevada Barns view the CONTENTdm field properties for this project
Campus Images Collection view the CONTENTdm field properties this project; view the data dictionary; read the article about growing the controlled vocabulary for this collection
Historic Maps view the crosswalk; view the CONTENTdm field properties for this project; view the data dictionary for this project
Lincoln Highway in Nevada view the CONTENTdm field properties for this project
Basque Poster Collection view the CONTENTdm field properties for this project; view the data dictionary for this project
UNR Art Collections view the CONTENTdm field properties for this project
Architectural Drawings Collection view the CONTENTdm field properties for this project
Reifschneider Botanical Collection view the CONTENTdm field properties this project; view the data dictionary for this project
Nevada Agricultural Publications view the CONTENTdm field properties this project
Aerial Photo Survey for Mount Rose Highway view the CONTENTdm field properties this project
La Baskonia view the CONTENTdm field properties this project
Special Collections Photographs view the CONTENTdm field properties this project; view the data dictionary for this project
Additional Tahoe Resources view the CONTENTdm field properties this project
UNSOM History of Medicine view the CONTENTdm field properties this project
Sheep Industry in Northern Nevada view the CONTENTdm field properties this project; view the data dictionary for this project
University of Nevada Oral Histories Collection view the CONTENTdm field properties this project
UNR Herbarium Digital Collection view the CONTENTdm field properties this project
Margaret M. Wheat Collection view the CONTENTdm field properties this project
UNR Bookarts Collection view the CONTENTdm field properties this project

Selection Criteria

We follow these guidelines for collection development.

Collection Building

Should you have questions about the tools and techniques used to create these digital projects that are not answered in their collection descriptions, please contact us at willis at unr dot edu.

These are the current steps that are followed for each "routine" project:

1. Project creation on server, with appropriate permissions (request generated by Glee) Glee
2. Project configuration (field properties, templates, banding, controlled vocabularies) (usually) Glee
3. Digital object selection Content owners
4. Imaging and file conversions for all images not already digitized or in the appropriate display file format Project team
5. Image importation into desktop workstation, either individually or in batches for labeling and attachment of metadata descriptions Team members responsible for keying metadata
6. Uploading from desktop to server, with approval of new controlled vocabulary headings and database index builds Team members responsible for keying metadata
7.Construction of pre-defined queries for the user interface Content owners with Glee
8. Design of initial interface web "splash" page for project Usually the content owners with the web librarian
9. Graphic and technical design of "search", "about this collection", "help", "how to search"  web pages Web librarian with content owners and Glee
10. Submit brief project descriptions to known clearinghouses for listing digital projects, such as OCLC's "Collection of Collections" database. Glee/Project team
11.  Prepare exported metadata for OAI harvesting by the Mountain West Digital Library, OCLC's Digital Collection Gateway, the Digital Public Library of America, etc. Glee/Project team
12.Publicize the project (Nevada News, liball, other libraries, RSCVA, nationally, internationally, as appropriate). Project team/Library publicity team

METADATA AND IMAGING STANDARDS

Metadata is like interest -- it accrues over time. To stretch the metaphor further, wise investments generate the best return on intellectual capital. Carefully designed metadata results in the best information management in the short- and long-term.-- Ann J. Gilland-Swetland

CONTENTdm's implementation of Dublin Core is very interesting, and I have written a brief summary of it entitled, "Metadata and CONTENTdm".  The University of Oregon has built a very useful crosswalk between the VRA Core and CONTENTdm's implementation of Dublin Core.

UNR follows the WSDSG/DIWG* Digital Imaging Best Practices (v.2.0, June 2008) and CDP/MWG** Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices (v.2.1.1, September 2006).

The Western States Dublin Core Metadata Element Set is used to create basic object cataloging with CONTENTdm software providing a flexible template which is customized for each collection. Collection specific fields are mapped to Dublin Core using a required fields checklist to enable participation in the Mountain West Digital Library. You can view the "crosswalks" (see above) that have been formulated for these projects, along with the Library of Congress cataloging tools used (see below).  The Getty's crosswalk between roughly a dozen metadata standards is used for project planning.

Metadata Examples for MWDL Contributors: Applying CDP Metadata Best Practices to Digital Objects was proposed in April of 2006 as a specialized tool for assisting metadata keyers in their creation of CONTENTdm records that will eventually be harvested into the MWDL.

The Nevada subject headings, created by a statewide group, is used in the Images of Lake Tahoe project.  Nevada and California place names, extracted from on the GNIS, is also used in the Images of Lake Tahoe project.  Only the Nevada place names controlled vocabulary was used in the Sagebrush Vernacular project.  An Excel version of the Nevada place names, sorted by county, is freely made available here for others' use.

* WSDSG/DIWG = Western States Digital Standards Group/Digital Imaging Working Group
**CDP/MWG = Collaborative Digitization Group/Metadata Working Group (formerly known as the Western States Digital Standards Group/Metadata Working Group)


METADATA CLEANUP

[Note: The following suggestion currently doesn't work in CONTENTdm version 6.x but I hope to get it working ASAP]
For cleanup of punctuation and spacing errors in CONTENTdm, I recommend:
  1. Install Terry Reese's toc.php extension to CONTENTdm.
  2. Invoke the toc.php file against your controlled vocabularies for a given collection.
  3. Detect instances of duplication of headings or misspellings in the toc.php displays. 
  4. Since CONTENTdm "normalizes" displays, it will try to "help" pretty up the display of a heading that has an extra space in it.
  5. Export the metadata, and search for the errant headings in the exported metadata.
  6. Go back into CONTENTdm and edit the errant headings.
  7. Re-invoke the toc.php file to make sure you've fixed all your problems.  Voila!  Cleaned up metadata!

PREPARING DUBLIN CORE METADATA FOR OAI-PMH HARVESTING

The preprint of an article written by Molly Beisler and Glee Willis entitled, Beyond Theory: Preparing Dublin Core Metadata for OAI-PMH Harvesting. The official version (with abstract) was published in January 2009 issue [9(1-2):65-97] of the Journal of Library Metadata.


Site Technology

The collections on this site all utilize the CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software, a product of OCLC, Inc. We are currently using version 6.7.    


Contact Us

For issues related to this web site, please contact the digital projects coordinator, Glee Willis at willis at unr dot edu

Here is the self-archived version of "From Drawer To Digital: A Statewide Collaboration for Building Digital Historic Map Collections", an article written by Peter Michel, Linda Newman, Kathy Rankin, Vicki Toy-Smith, and Glee Willis, that was published on pages 63-69 of the Fall 2005 issue (no.52) of Cartographic Perspectives. The authors describe the criteria that were used to select maps to be digitized; provide insight into some of the scanning issues and how they were resolved; discuss technical considerations in using CONTENTdm™; and talk about metadata issues in the collaborative effort.

Amalia Beisler wrote a very helpful article about our campus images collection, entitled: From Hanging Files to Digital Collection: Growing a Controlled Vocabulary for Added Functionality in the Online World that appeared in Journal of Library Metadata.

You may want to read an article about our digital collections written by Susan Skorupa, entitled, "Thousands of Nevada images and documents are … Just a click away" that appeared in the Reno Gazette-Journal on February 17, 2007. Another interesting article appeared in our internal newsletter that summarizes our appreciation of CONTENTdm's flexibility and sophistication.

A keynote address I gave at the 2008 Midwest CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting covered several innovative approaches to engaging users in their interaction with digital collections.

Another article written about our collections is entitled, "Exploring New Frontiers to Promote Digital Collections" and it appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of OCLC Western Trek.

The slides for the "Customization 101" Califa webinar I gave to the LHDRP in May of 2010 might be of interest to some of you.

For contact and use information about specific images see the individual record for that image.

How You Can Help

If you have suggestions for topics for future digital projects, if you are interested in financially supporting digital projects at the UNR Libraries, or if you have an interest in volunteering with our digital projects, please contact the digital projects coordinator, Glee Willis at willis at unr dot edu.