The UF Digital Collections System, SobekCM, is always being enhanced to better meet user and internal needs. Normally the vast majority of time is spent on the user side because user support is the priority. With dozens of partners who use the online and locally installed tools to manage their digitization work and to contribute digitized items to the collaborative digital collections hosted on SobekCM, user support also includes many of the internal tools. Most recently, however, the very-internal users received a major boost in support through the addition of a tracking system within SobekCM. Before, we had a legacy tracking system that was riddledRead More →

The UF Libraries are collaborating with Flagler College on a two-year project to conserve and digitize the earliest architectural drawings of John Carrère and Thomas Hastings, designers of the Hotel Ponce de Leon and the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida. All digitized materials will be openly available in the Carrère & Hastings Digital Collection, which is within the UF Digital Collections. During the project, keep up with the work in-process by project team members working at UF in Special Collections, Conservation, and the Digital Library Center on the project blog here.Read More →

Because so many people have PDFs that they’d like mounted online and because so many people want PDFs and because PDFs are imperfect for preservation, I’m looking for a free or inexpensive (for non-profit, public educational institutions) software solution to convert from PDF to TIFF and TIFF to PDF. I know ImageMagick will do this, but I need the PDFs-made-using-TIFFs-in-hand to be compressed and to have as few artifacts/problems as possible and I haven’t seen how to best do that with ImageMagick. For TIFFs-extracted-from-PDFs-in-hand, I need the extracted TIFFs to be settable as RGB or Grayscale, 300 dpi, no compression, and single page (so aRead More →