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OpenCollection receives Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration

OpenCollection, an open source collection management system tailored for museums, has received a $100,000 Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration (MATC). OpenCollection has been available under GPL since March 2007.


[Posted with permission of Daniel Alemneh, University of North Texas]

I would like to invite you to participate in a research study whose main goal is to identify and understand factors affecting adoption of PREservation Metadata Implementation Strategies (PREMIS) in cultural heritage institutions. The online survey questionnaire contains 18 questions and would take about 15 minutes to complete.

PDF is now ISO 32000

The Inside PDF blog is reporting that PDF version 1.7 has passed the ballot for approval to become ISO 32000 by a vote of 13 to 1. This is the first general version of PDF to become an ISO standard, joining PDF/Archive (PDF/A) and PDF/Exchange (PDF/X).

Results of the RLG Programs Descriptive Metadata Practices Survey Now Available

The objective of this survey, conducted in July and August 2007 among 18 RLG partner institutions in the United States and the United Kingdom, was to gain a baseline understanding of current descriptive metadata practices and dependencies. The report summarizes the descriptive practices used across a variety of applications, the data structure and data content standards followed, the audiences for the metadata created, and some organization patterns.

RLG Programs' interpretation of the results and the issues we identified to pursue in future projects is available at

Results of The International Survey of Institutional Digital Repositories

[Posted with permission of James Moses]

Primary Research Group has published The International Survey of Institutional Digital Repositories (ISBN # 1-57440- 090-8) and would like to share some of its research results.

Just a few of the study’s many findings are that:

  • The average institutional digital repository spent $78,802 (US) in start up costs.

Dead Sea Scrolls to be digitized

Simon Tanner of the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London is leading a team which is to digitise the Dead Sea Scrolls. Further information is available at

Digitizationblog moved to new platform

I planned to do this next Friday, but I've rolled out the new Digitizationblog a few days early. We're now running on Drupal! Accounts of users who posted comments have been migrated but accounts of users who never posted comment have not been. I've written up the migration over at Drupalib if you're interested.

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Shifting Gears: Gearing Up to Get Into the Flow

OCLC Programs and Research has published this report inspired by the "Digitization Matters" forum held in August 2007 by Research Libraries Group and the Society of American Archivists. The report presents strategies for bringing the scale of digitization of unique special collections in libraries and archives in line with that of the mass digitization of published material by programs such as Google Books and the Open Content Alliance.

First beta release of the OAI-ORE specifications

A public meeting will be held on March 3, 2008 at Johns Hopkins University to roll-out the first beta release of the OAI-ORE specifications. The press release for the event is available on the OAI website. You can register for the event here.

New issue of Digital Document Quarterly now available

DDQ Volume 6, Number 3 is now available. Items include a link to the announcement that the NDIIPP funding has been withdrawn, and that the works of Robert Heinlein are being digitized by the UC Santa Cruz Library.

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