Mark Sullivan, the UFDC/DLC/dLOC programmer, recently shared this information. It’s exciting to see that SobekCM (our digital asset management system, digital library system, and digital production tool set) is such a streamlined solution with so much functionality. There are seven projects which make up the SobekCM solution. In those projects, there are: 113,643 lines of code ( not comments or empty lines ) 23,452 lines of comments 420 files 60 folders 544 classes ( 55 abstract classes, 1 windows form, 5 ASPX pages ) 14 interfaces The main two projects are: 1) SobekCM_Bib_Package which has all the code to represent digital objects, read metadata, writeRead More →

“Ramping It Up: 10 Lessons Learned in Mass Digitisation” is an excellent report by Rose Holley on  the National Library of Australia’s (NLA) large-scale digitisation program. The program aimed to start at one million newspaper pages to ensure all supports were in place for ramping up digitization  to an even higher level for newspapers, books, and journals. The report summarizes 10 key lessons learned, and the full report is online here. It’s great to see these key lessons highlighted so succinctly. The lessons from the report are: Storage: purchase upfront or as soon as needed Quality assurance: differs greatly when done for access instead ofRead More →

The UF Digital Collections (UFDC) now allows users who log in to: Send an item to a friend via email Save an item to your bookshelf and add user comments to the item (comments are not displayed to others on the item, but will show within your bookshelf) Save a search, or browse to your favorite searches Share an item (via Facebook, Twitter, DIGG, StumbleUpon, Yahoo, Yahoo Buzz, Google Bookmarks, Browser favorites) Manage your bookshelves and saved searches through the myUFDC home page Details for Print, Send, Save/Add, and Share: From the UF Digital Collections, users can Print, Send, Save/Add, and Share collections, items, andRead More →

As usage of the self-submittal and online metadata editing systems for the UF Digital Collections have continued to increase, new supports were needed to support the additional users. To provide those supports, the former UFDC_CM application has been integrated into UFDC/SobekCM and additional functionality has been added. These improvements are releasing next week, but most users won’t notice any changes. For internal users these are immensely helpful, and worthy of announcing and celebrating. With this upgrade, UFDC will now include administrator options so that: Admin users can adjust permissions on existing UFDC users (help page) Admin users can add new aggregation aliases for forwarding purposesRead More →

The UF Digital Collections (UFDC) now have fully functioning online metadata editing! It’s only been a few weeks since the UFDC self-submittal tool for  faculty to use to load materials to the Institutional Repository and for UFDC partners to use to load materials to their collections went live and now we’ve already added  full online metadata editing.  Mark Sullivan, the programmer who created the internal metadata editor originally as a desktop tool and who has now made the online tool with the same and even enhanced functionality over the desktop tool, released the online metadata editing earlier this week. We’ve been keeping the release quietRead More →

Several popular browsers have a built in search box next to the address box which can be used to quick-search against specific search engines or sites. We recently allowed UFDC to be added as a search engine choice in your browser. First, however, you will need to follow the steps below: Go to the UFDC main home page. Locate the small browser search box in the upper right hand corner of the browser (to the right of the page URL box). There is a drop down menu which exposes several search tool options. After clicking the drop down, Select “Add UFDC Search” After doing that,Read More →

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is doing training on the dLOC Toolkit in Jamaica. Brooke Wooldridge (dLOC/FIU), Mark Sullivan (UF), and Lee Dotson (UCF) are all enjoying spending time in Jamaica and soon the world will benefit from even greater access to more materials. See materials from all of the partners on dLOC now and check back frequently to see the many new items loading daily!Read More →

One of Zotero’s tag lines, “citation management is only the beginning,” explains its current and coming abilities rather well. The most needed component for Zotero’s widespread adopting is almost officially here with Sync Preview’s online backup and synchronization of each user’s Zotero library. Zotero 1.5 includes other improvements as well, but the most important first changes are the ability to save online and synchronize from multiple computers. That strong, centralized core offers so many amazing possibilities, especially given Zotero’s already impressive abilities. Applications like this are exactly what web-top, Web 2.0, innovative/emerging scholarly style technologies should be. While Zotero’s Sync Preview is still under development,Read More →

In my last post on the Digital Library of the Caribbean presenting at ACURIL, the title for Brooke Wooldridge and Marilyn Ochoa’s presentation was incorrectly listed as “dLOC Toolkit and Usability Testing: A User-­Centered Approach to Improve Electronic Resource Design” when it should have been “A User-Centered Approach to Improve Electronic Resource Design.” More importantly, I failed to list (or even realize) that Mark Sullivan from the University of Florida presented twice on the dLOC Toolkit, “dLOC Toolkit: Create Your Own Electronic Resources.” Mark’s presentation will soon be online within dLOC here and an earlier presentation, “dLOC Technical Overview,” is already online within dLOC here.Read More →

The UF Digital Library Center has a number of homegrown tools for digitization, and we’ve refined these tools working with our partners in the Digital Library of the Caribbean. Our digitization tools for the digitization process are available online with general documentation as well as a full manual with tools available for download.  We also have documentation on our servers and general infrastructure as well as on our internal equipment and our day-to-day operations. Much of this was created in response to our small team and for the Digital Library of the Caribbean, and some of it comes from our ever-changing needs and operations. InRead More →