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ALA 2010 Roundup: Day 2

ALA 2010 Roundup, June 26, 2010

Book and Paper Interest Group

LBI Library Binding Tool Kit is available for purchase through the LBS website. This combines documentation and best practice documents for your library binding operation. Training sessions are being offered, contact Debra Nolan at LBI for information.

Audience members continued the discussion of the future of conservation training. It was generally felt that the MLS had a continuing importance but participants also considered other models that are being discussed (such as the Delaware/Simmons partnership). We all need to be better advocates for ourselves and the training we feel is necessary.

Tips and ideas for navigating the economic downturn. Several projects and ideas were put out there. Most of them revolved around analyzing workflow to find efficiencies, outreach and in-reach ideas especially using social media, purchasing supplies (buying in bulk, exploiting vendor discounts, etc.), and creating policies to legitimize workflows (thus proving you need those funds).

[I’ll try to post better notes on this. Julie Mosbo, my co-chair, took notes while I facilitated the discussion.

Digital Conversion IG

Leslie Johnston from NDIIP discussed their supported projects. First was the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative that is expected to enhance the exchange of research results and developments, encourage collaborative digitizing practices and projects among federal agencies and institutions, and provide the public with a product of uniform quality. There are two working groups, the A/V Working Group and the Still Image Working Group. More can be found on the FADGI website.

The Unified Digital Format Registry is documenting file formats including hardware and software. It is technically based on the PRONOM project in the U.K.

DuraCloud (from DuraSpace) is a hosted service and open technology to help organizations and end users effectively utilize public cloud services. The public launch will include a set of preservation support tools and services that includes the ability to replicate content to multiple cloud providers through one web interface, and independent and on demand bit integrity checking function, a synchronization with local Fedora or DSpace repositories, and an implementation of discovery tools enabled through the DuraCloud web interface.

LOCKKS is a low-cost digital preservation appliance that is moving into cloud computing and will work with the DuraCloud project. It will include a “canned” version of their compute instances with the LOCKSS service. It will also have a service to audit and repair digital objects stored in the cloud (for when things go wrong in the cloud).

MetaArchive members are identifying collections and using LOCKSS  to preserve digital objects in the cloud.

Chronopolis is a joint digital preservation data grid framework initiative between University of California San Diego, National Center for Atmospheric research, and University of Maryland. It federates three repositories each of which manages an independent metadata catalog, storage systems, authentication and authorization environment, and supports access, replication and preservation services. Moving to Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS).

Recollection is partnering with Zepheira to develop a tool for creating new interfaces, relationships, and access points for digital resources. It is anticipated that the tool can be used to expose, visualize and manage data uploaded from Excel spreadsheets or XML MODS. It can upload data and create visualizations and combine data sets. Uses Geonames and Open Map service.

Memento is a web archiving framework that makes it straightforward to access historic Web sites. If you know the URL of a web resource, the technical framework proposed by Memento allows you to see a version of that resource as it existed at some date in the past. It will only work if previous versions are available somewhere on the web, and if those exist and on servers that support the Memento framework.

NDIIP has a monthly e-mail newsletter, maintains a web site, and hosts outreach meetings. During the Q&A Leslie reminded the audience of BagIt which is another NDIIP resource that offers a transfer and checksum protocol for digital objects.

Peter Alyea, Library of Congress presented and update on the IRENE project titled “Visualizing Sound: Methods for Preserving Sound Recordings with Images.” This is a collaborative project between the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate and the Berkeley Optical Sound Restoration Project. The end goal is to build a machine that is capable of mass digitization, provide access to inaccessible collections, and analyze media condition for approaches to playback.

The advantages to an optical system are that it doesn’t touch the materials, creates digital audio copies without the need for specialized engineering skills, transfers sound from media that is degrading or damaged, and retrieves sound from unique sound media such as memovox discs, dictation belts, and experimental media.

The Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc. (IRENE) project is in its third generation. The first version digitally photographed the grooves in a record to create an image of the sound. The second generation allowed for imaging warped or non-flat physical items, included a camera to take a picture of the label, and had a simpler user interface.

IRENE 3D is newest the newest generation. It utilizes a confocal probe that measures the distance between the grooves approximately 10 microns apart. This creates a three-dimensional image of the sound.

IRENE allows for a non-destructive method of recording sound and eliminates the potential damage and distortion that a dynamic (stylus) system can inflict. In the future the developers hope to gather production data from onsite IRENE projects,  refine the 3-D imaging technology, make the machine portable, and explore unique collections with 3-D imaging. They would also like to extrapolate data to cover a wider range of media.

All grants for this project have been public so the information on how to build one is freely available. There are no plans now for commercial production.

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