The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) began in 2006. dLOC is a cooperative digital library for resources from and about the Caribbean and circum-Caribbean. dLOC provides access to digitized versions of Caribbean cultural, historical and research materials currently held in archives, libraries, and private collections. dLOC has now had over 10 million hits! To be exact, dLOC has had 10,447,708 hits with 747,711 in January 2012 alone. Congratulations to dLOC, all who work to support and contribute to dLOC, and to the world for making so many wonderful materials available, recognizing dLOC’s value, and using dLOC!Read More →

Just once month after announcing the highest ever usage for the UF Digital Collections (UFDC) with 3.2 million hits in October 2011, we saw another dramatic increase with 4 million hits for November 2011! The UF Digital Collections (UFDC)  have seen continuous, steady increases in usage thanks to the abundance of amazing content and ongoing search engine optimization work. November was another milestone with nearly 4.1 million human hits to the UF Digital Collections (UFDC) and associated collections and libraries, as with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). October usage: 3,196,063 views November usage: 4,076,673 views Here’s to upcoming months of increased exposure, usage, and impact for the UFRead More →

The UF Digital Collections have seen continuous, steady usage thanks to loads and loads (and loads) of wonderful content and ongoing search engine optimization work. October was another milestone with nearly 3.2 million human hits to the UF Digital Collections (UFDC) and associated collections and libraries, as with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). October usage: 3,196,063 views. Here’s to the coming months with increased exposure, usage, and impact for the UF Digital Collections and all who work with and support open access to digitized cultural and historical materials as well as to digital scholarship.  Read More →

DataCite will hold its second Summer Meeting on August 24th and 25th at the historic Shattuck Plaza Hotel in Berkeley, California. The Summer Meeting will be a 1.5 day event and you can register at: . The Summer Meeting brings together people from research organisations, data centers, government, and information service providers to hear about the latest developments in data science, data citation, discovery, and reuse. It also provides opportunities to exchange experience and influence the next generation of data citation services. This year’s program will include sessions on data citation, data publishing, and discussions on the new challenges that come with increased accessRead More →

DDI Workshop: Managing Metadata for Longitudinal Data – Best Practices September, 19-23, 2011 Leibniz Center for Informatics, Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, Germany Goals This symposium-style workshop will bring together representatives from major longitudinal data collection efforts to share expertise and to explore the use of the DDI metadata standard as a means of managing and structuring longitudinal study documentation. Participants will work collaboratively to create best practices for documenting longitudinal data in its various forms, including panel data and repeated cross-sections. Description of the workshop Longitudinal survey data carry special challenges related to documenting and managing data over time, over geography, and across multiple languages. ThisRead More →

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 Digital Collections (UFDC) greatly benefit from the statistical tracking of items, pages, and usage. Most recently, those statistics were augmented at the item level for easy item-level statistics for each and every item.  The item-level statistics, like all of the usage statistics for UFDC, are cleaned for robots and other automated systems to ensure that the usage is actual usage by humans and not simply machine checks. One of our favorite examples is a particular version of The 3 Little Kittens, which has been viewed over 15,000 times since it loaded in 2008.  The full item-level statistics for the item are shown inRead More →

A new CLIR Report, The Idea of Order: Transforming Research Collections for 21st Century Scholarship includes a report, “On the Cost of Keeping a Book,” by Paul Courant and Matthew “Buzzy” Nielsen. This report examines the costs of keeping physical books (pbooks) and electronic books (ebooks) and finds a significant cost savings in ebooks over print-based libraries. Particularly worth noting is the statement on the overall cost savings when digitizing pbooks and then storing them as ebooks: If the cost of digitization is less than the difference in present value between print storage and digital storage, adding back in the cost of maintaining a sharedRead More →

The  University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) now have over 5 million pages! The more than 5 million pages – maps, aerials, audio, video, books, historic documents, museum objects, herbarium specimens, photographs, newspapers, oral histories, and more – are all openly and freely online for the world! Check out the collections: More →

The usage statistics for January 2010 for the UF Digital Collections are now online here: The top collections continue to be the Digital Library of the Caribbean, the Florida Digital Newspaper Library, and the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, with nearly 100.000 hits each in January alone. The most used collections, and the total numbers with over 10 million hits to the UF Digital Collections since March of 2006, are always impressive. However, my favorite statistics are the most popular items by collection (available for all collections here). For instance, the Digital Library of the Caribbean’s most popular item is Sus mejores poemasRead More →