Wrapping up

As of November 1st the CDI has been flying sans grant money. I was hired onto the project 18 months ago to start up a digital initiatives program and launch a pilot project with a website, preliminary collections and the infrastructure for future growth. It has been a busy 18 months but I think we accomplished a lot, although perhaps not everything that was in the original proposal. This past week has been filled with administrative wrap up details, including writing a final report on our activities during the grant period.  I tend to think more in lists, so here is the wrap-up of what the CDI has gotten done in the past 18 months.

  • CDI office space and digital photography studio designed and built
    • Equipment selected, purchased and installed
  • Backend –
    • Evaluation of available Digital Asset Management Systems (DAMS)
      • Selection of eXist
    • Built metadata administrative interface
      • Dublin Core XForm
      • MODS XForm
      • Solr XForm
      • Authority Control with MADS
    • Creation of metadata workflow (still a bit of a work in progress)
    • Data dictionaries for Dublin Core, MODS and TEI template for transcribed letters.
    • OIA-PMH data provider (with some help)
  • Built web interface
    • Initial design of web interface
    • Site designed and implemented for the EAD collection
    • User testing and design adjustments
    • Implementation of Solr for faceted searching and browsing
    • RSS for news, and search results (still in progress)
  • Steering committee formed
  • Metadata working group formed
  • Content selection committee formed
    • Creation of content development policy and evaluation matrix
    • 6 live collections with around 670 completed records and more than 8000 pages scanned
    • Scanning work on two additional high use photograph collections
  • Several presentations, including an upcoming presentation at the New England Archivists meeting in March 2008
  • A paper in the fall 2007 issue (not out yet) of Microform & Imaging Review

In addition to the final report I’ve been working on getting the MODS editor into production for our next collection. We are trying a new approach to metadata, and bringing in more staff from cataloging to work on metadata creation, so it will be a good test of the forms. I’ve also been exploring what it would take to make the MODS XForm available as open source, it seems to involve some paperwork, some waiting and assurance to the University that the code is not commercially viable. It has been a busy week.

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One Response to “Wrapping up”

  1. dinosaur fact Says:

    I was wondering, do you had any more blogs?

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