From Concept to Reality: An overview of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Melissa Mclimans What we do: • Create digital resources to support instruction and research • Build quality digital resources from: – rare, fragile, non-circulating, and high-use library and archival materials – materials not previously digitized nor available on the Internet – books, journals, archival collections, slides, photos, art illustrations, maps, audio, and video • Develop tools that facilitate search, retrieval, and navigation of our digital resources • Provide stable, scalable, and sustainable technology platforms for long-term management of digital resources The UWDCC is: – 6 full time and 10-15 student staff – Librarians, technology specialists, and other information professionals – located in Memorial Library on Madison campus Two administrative bodies oversee and fund our projects: – UW System – UW-Madison Libraries A little history... First text project was John Nolen’s Madison : a model city First multi-media project was AfricaFocus 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sounds from forty-five different countries We have: –32000 audio minutes –Well over 5000 finding aids –92000 images –2.1 million pages of text UW Digital Collections • strengths include: area studies, decorative arts, ecology, literature, history, music, natural resources, science, social sciences, the State of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin. • Over 400 completed projects • Recently approved projects Institutional repository (Minds@UW) • • • • • Store, index, distribute, and preserve digital materials Deposited directly by UW faculty or staff Research papers, pre-prints, datasets, photographs, videos, learning objects, theses, student projects, conference papers Content distributed through a searchable Web interface, receive persistent URLs For more information: http://uwdcc.library.wisc.edu/minds/ Where does the content come from? • UW Madison -- Libraries and Faculty – Playing House – Ainu Komonjo Volumes • UW System Libraries – The Ku Klux Klan in Northwestern Wisconsin, circa 19151950 – UW-La Crosse Historic Steamboat Photograph collection • Public Libraries, Museums and Historical Societies – World War II Veterans of Mount Horeb – Kenosha County History: Images and Texts, 1830s1940s Projects that meet these criteria are most likely to be approved: • • • • • • support instruction or research needs do not circulate, e.g. rare books, materials from Special Collections enhance an existing digital collection are unique, e.g. not previously digitized nor available online in any format high use, regularly requested by UW faculty or students are distinctive and have potential for academic use and general education interest (K-12) The Process for submitting a proposal 1. Proposals are submitted with our simple web form found at: http://uwdcc.library.wisc.edu/forms/submitProposal.shtml 2. Our team will assesses project and meets with content providers to discuss project details. 3. We will present the proposal to a committee, who will accept or decline the proposal. 4. Once approved, we will work together to create a Memorandum of Understanding that fully describes the project. 5. Work begins. • A quick note about our project types – Efacs = Electronic Facsimile = Pageturner = TEXT • We do the metadata and scanning – Mmbib = Multi Media, Bibliographic = IMAGES • Content provider is the subject specialist • Content provider does the metdata • We do the scanning Value of digitization 1. Access • • • Google catalog records, including Forward and finding aids 2. Preservation • Back-up TIFF images, store offsite, committed to migrating in the future Value = Increased Use Facebook • Over 580 total fans • More Than 20,000 page views per month • Approx. 1,000 impressions per post Twitter • Over 1,040 followers • More than 1,000 clicks per month Collection Sessions Overall collection sessions--18,508,649 State of WI--1,904,409 Ecology and Natural Resources – 1,512,121 UW Collection--709,846 • Questions?