I think the post title about says it all. March is the birthday month for the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) and this year UFDC turns 3!
Where most three year olds aren’t yet learning to read, UFDC is already onto using Lucene for indexing (it’s like reading, so this metaphor sort of works) and UFDC already has well over a million pages for each year. Those millions of pages weren’t added evenly throughout UFDC’s early year and a half or so, but UFDC is now growing and thriving.
As we look forward to the next year and the next series of millions of pages, many new plans are in development. Some are more exciting like the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library proposal, and some are less glamourous but still rather exciting like the move to put UF’s internal FilmLog database online so that others can see just how many reels of microfilm of what are available. I know microfilm doesn’t sound exciting, but many materials are no longer available in paper (at least in Florida, thanks to the weather) so microfilm may be the only copy. Plus, we’ve already digitized and are processing bunches of reels of that microfilm so it’s good for people to know what else might be coming and what else they might want to know more about.
In addition to more content, UFDC’s third birthday is a time to look forward to many new technological improvements and many more ways to share and explore the millions of pages of content, audio files, video, and images with others.
Happy Birthday UFDC!