2010 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries

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    Hot Topics in Metadata
    (2010-05-18) Harlan, Amanda; Baylor University
    An informal discussion about metadata topics and issues that concern Texas academic institutions.
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    TDL Metadata Working Group Update
    (2010-05-17) Alemneh, Daniel; Davis, Jee-Hyun; Chen, Mingyu; Mercer, Holly; Hazzard, Jeanne; Harlan, Amanda; Thomale, Jason; University of North Texas; Texas A&M University; Texas State University; Baylor University; Texas Tech University
    The forum will update participants on the status of three projects undertaken by the Metadata Working Group in 2009 - 2010: (1) Design of a metadata information website, (2) Creation of best practices for images and datasets, (3) Creation of metadata courses for TDL training.
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    Dynamic Display of Collections in CONTENTdm
    (2010-05-17) Watkins, Sean; University of Houston
    Currently, CONTENTdm does not have the ability to create dynamic pages for a single collection. This poster presentation will highlight how the University of Houston Libraries made collections within CONTENTdm display dynamically on a page. Learn the steps needed to publish collections and have them appear within a single page or on multiple pages without having to edit or add pages for new collections. This new process enables collection managers to publish collections to "landing pages" or "about pages" more efficiently without having to know any code or having to remember to post them in multiple locations.
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    TTU School of Law Digital Repository - Documenting a Tradition of Excellence
    (2010-05-17) Wang, Fang; Texas Tech University School of Law
    Texas Tech University (TTU) Law Library spent the past year installing and customizing a DSpace instance to serve as the institutional repository of the TTU School of Law. This digital repository is the Law School’s first institutional repository in history. It was designed to collect, maintain, preserve, share and promote the Law School’s digital materials, including research and scholarship of the law faculty and students, institutional history and law-related resources. In addition, the repository also serves as a dark archive to house internal records. Digital preservation activities among law libraries have been largely limited by a lack of funding, staffing and expertise. Most Law School Libraries who have an IR chose proprietary platforms. The TTU School of Law Digital Repository is one of the a few Law School repositories in the nation which were built on the DSpace open source platform. The collection development of the repository is still ongoing. Thirteen collections were planned out to be included in the repository. Highlighted collections are the faculty scholarship and the personal manuscripts. The faculty scholarship collection will include all publications of the Texas Tech Law School faculty. Personal manuscript collections will gather personal manuscripts dedicated to individual Texas Tech Law professor or alumnus. The first set of collected works within this collection was donated by distinguished Texas Tech Law Professor J. Hadley Edgar’s (1926-2009) wife Helen Edgar. It includes personal correspondence, photos, newspaper clippings, etc. The repository will also include Texas Governor Executive Orders, Law School history, regional legal history, Audio/Video, etc.
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    Next Gen “Scholars” and Digital Collections: Taking Advantage of Opportunities
    (2010-05-17) Bentsen, Eileen; Borderud, Jennifer; Baylor University
    Taking the “long view,” this presentation will demonstrate the ways in which the authors have taken opportunities to reach out to digital natives and future scholars to make libraries, digital collections, and rare books relevant, useful, and fun to younger generations. Capitalizing on several recent opportunities to collaborate with teachers from two local private schools we were able to bring facsimiles, rare books, medieval manuscripts, and digital collections to bear on curriculums in Latin, history, and literature for junior high and high school students in the Waco school district. In the process, we were able to demonstrate how the revolution in printing is being replayed in today’s digital age, explore changes in scholarly communication from manuscript to print culture, and show them how to find digital surrogates of rare books on the web for further study outside the library. We also discussed Baylor Libraries’ digitization program and digital collections and the roles librarians continue to play in making these materials accessible.
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    Scanning to PDFA: Buildling a Digital Collection fo rAccess AND Preservation
    (2010-05-17) Clement, Gail; Halling, Derek; Burford, Nancy; Carrigan, Esther; Moberly, Heather; Texas A&M University; Oklahoma State University
    The Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library partnered with Oklahoma State University Libraries to digitize the Index-Catalogue of Medical and Veterinary Zoology, a multilingual periodical published by the US Government Printing Office. This series is a key resource, a historical compendium of the parasitological literature of importance to researchers in re-emerging diseases and global animal health. The compilation of content began in 1892, and resulted in over 100 separate publications comprising over 20,000 pages.With generous grant support from the National Library of Medicine, the Library has digitized 67 publications as of March 10, 2010. This undertaking is intended as a demonstration project to encourage the digitization and preservation of veterinary grey literature.Conversion methods involved high resolution scanning of bound volumes and creation of archival master files in uncompressed TIFF format. Derivative versions of page image files were processed via optical character recognition (OCR) using multiple dictionaries to capture text in English, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Greek and Russian languages. Each volume was recompiled as a single PDF file with text behind page image, and saved using the PDF/A-1b profile for archiving. Achieving PDF/A compliance was a challenge given the multiplicity of fonts required to represent the typefaces and character sets comprising this body of content. Specific solutions used to address the challenge of PDF/A compliance will be demonstrated.
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    An Evolving Model for Supporting Scholarly Communication at Texas A&M University
    (2010-05-17) Mercer, Holly; Texas A&M University
    In 2007, the Texas A&M University Libraries Bridge Group was charged to "support the developing infrastructure of the Texas A&M University’s and TDL’s Repositories." The group reported on its activities at the 2008 TCDL. The Texas A&M University Libraries continues to expand its support of scholarly communication activities with changes in services, strategies, and staffing. Using Texas A&M as an example, this poster will help attendees explore changing support models and resource needs for a growing scholarly communication program.
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    TDL Labs: Partnerships for Exploration
    (2010-05-17) Karadkar, Unmil; Francisco-Revilla, Luis; University of Texas at Austin
    TDL is breaking new ground on several frontiers in planning and developing a multi-institution, reliable, and sustainable infrastructure. These advancements necessitate the exploration and evaluation of alternate technologies, processes, and services, for example, repository software, interfaces, applications, work flow support systems and authentication mechanisms. TDL can become more efficient and productive by share resources and know-how with other units on university campuses that possess complementary competencies. TDL labs is a model for collaboration between interested units on the TDL university campuses that builds on the strengths of the participating units and benefits the TDL community as a whole. In this talk we will discuss the TDL labs approach, its strengths and limitations, and ground this discussion by presenting projects conceived jointly byTDL staff and faculty in the School of Information at UT Austin. We invite feedback and ideas for TDL labs as well as for other joint projects on TDL campuses.
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    Texas Digital Library Update 2010
    (2010-05-17) McFarland, Mark; Leggett, John; Texas Digital Library
    The TDL Co-Directors will present on the past year of development and production at the Texas Digital Library, updating members on the current status of projects and discussing the goals of TDL for the next year.
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    Directions for Digital Repositories
    (2010-05-17) Carr, Leslie; University of Southampton
    The Internet provided a platform for global digital communication; the Web added document browsing and repositories have added persistence and curation. What have we achieved with this multilayered platform in the last decade? And what scope have we for achieving new things? The newly emerging discipline of Web Science tells us that the Web isn't a thing but an activity: the creation of a network of information by a network of individuals. The Web wasn't invented by Tim Berners-Lee, it is being invented by all of us as we gradually adapt our tools and change our practice. In this presentation I will discuss some of the changes that have occurred in the UK and European experience, the changes that we have embodied in the EPrints repository platform, and some of our hopes for changes yet to occur.
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    Vireo ETD Submission and Management System- Update 2010
    (2010-05-17) Nürnberg, Peter; Texas Digital Library
    This presentation will provide an update regarding work done on the Vireo ETD system, its current maintenance status, and plans for Vireo for 2010 and beyond. Vireo is the TDL’s Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission and Management System. It allows students to easily submit their theses and dissertations online and provides management software for graduate offices and libraries to move the ETD through the approval workflow and publish the ETD in an institutional repository.
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    The Texas Water Digital Library
    (2010-05-17) Maidment, David; University of Texas at Austin
    The Texas Water Digital Library is a new effort centered at the Texas Digital Library, intended to create a central location for research and scholarly works created by researchers at Texas institutions. The TWDL will host a federated collection of works from around the state, as well as an online Journal (The Texas Water Journal) and a library of hosted datasets.
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    Fostering Collaboration through Digital Libraries in Latin America
    (2010-05-17) Sanchez, J. Alfredo; Universidad de las Americas Puebla
    Research institutions in Latin America are geographically dispersed in about 20 countries with diverse levels of (under) development. Though collaborative projects have been undertaken both at national and international levels in diverse knowledge and activity domains, finding partners for joint multi-lateral initiatives is not always straightforward. Funding for joint projects that may be available from international agencies may remain unused sometimes because potential participants are not aware of the partnerships that may be established. In this talk I posit that digital libraries with open access repositories may become means for fostering collaboration within Latin American countries and also between Latin America and other regions of the world. I discuss specific projects aimed at inferring and visualizing implicit collaboration networks that may be the basis for promoting projects with participants from multiple institutions in diverse countries.
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    Baylor University and the Texas Digital Library
    (2010-05-17) Orr, Pattie; Baylor University
    Baylor University was one of the first institutions to join the Texas Digital Library and it has been integral to the development of the consortium as a collaborative enterprise. The presentation will discuss Baylor’s decision to join TDL during its first year, its role as a collaborative participant in the consortium, the advantages to Baylor of statewide collaboration, and its views on the benefits to library operations, the university itself, and the state of Texas
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    LEARN: Lonestar Education and Research Network
    (2010-05-18) Phillips, Michael; Lonestar Education and Research Network
    The Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) is a consortium of 36 organizations throughout Texas that includes public and private institutions of higher education, community colleges and K-12 public schools. The consortium organized as a 501(c)(3), connects these organizations, and almost 500 affiliated community anchor institutions together with high performance optical network services to support their research, education, healthcare and public service missions. LEARN is also a part of a national community of research optical networks and provides Texas high performance connectivity to the national and international research and education networks. Through a diverse set of partnerships, LEARN has become a critical asset for Texans to collaborate and compete in the globally connected world we live in.
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    Evolving Collections: Building an Infrastructure to Preserve the Power of Silence
    (2010-05-18) Jordan, Chris; Texas Advanced Computing Center
    The rise of digital data as a central component of 21st century research is a well-documented phenomenon, but examples of working institutional infrastructures to manage and preserve this data are relatively few and far between. The Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin is involved in a multi-year effort to build such an infrastructure, with an emphasis on collecting and managing digital data during the research process and a corresponding deep level of interactions with researchers and projects in a variety of disciplines. Collection and dissemination activities in areas from digitization of Natural History collections to documentation of ongoing Archeological investigation will be presented, and the infrastructure needs presented by this diverse community of practice will be discussed. Finally, the design of the present infrastructure will be discussed, along with the rationale for that design and the plans for future expansion of the capacity and functionality of a system which will enable and preserve a comprehensive record of research for future generations.
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    Texas Learning Object Repository
    (2010-05-17) Fox, Otto; Rowland, Junius; Texas Digital Library; Texas Learning Object Repository
    The Texas Learning Object Repository (TXLOR) is a statewide learning object repository developed on behalf of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the UT System Office of Health Affairs, and developed by the Texas Digital Library. Institutional value through contribution and re-use of learning objects will be discussed.
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    Los Primeros Libros
    (2010-05-17) duPlessis, Anton; Texas A&M University
    The Impresos Mexicanos del Siglo XVI project will build a digital collection of the first books printed in Mexico before 1601. These monographs are very important because they represent the first printing in the New World and provide primary sources for scholarly studies. Approximately 220 unique titles are held in institutions around the world. While it is a specific goal to acquire at least one example of each unique surviving imprint, it is important to acquire as many copies as possible since marginalia, typographical variants, ownership marks, and other copy-specific attributes are often critical for interpretation and other purposes. Institutions in the United States and Mexico hold most of these first books.
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    The Texas Center for Border and Transnational Studies
    (2010-05-17) Zavaleta, Antonio; Texas Center for Border and Transnational Studies
    A discussion of how the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is working with multiple universities on both sides of the US/ Mexico border to build a Texas Center for Border and Transnational Studies, with a focus on efforts to digitize cross-border documents.
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    Virtualization of the Data Life Cycle
    (2010-05-18) Moore, Reagan; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    The emergence of policy-based data management systems has made it possible to consider preservation as one of the stages of a data life cycle. Each stage represents a consensus by a user community on the purpose of the collection, the policies that will be used to control desired collection properties, the procedures that will enforce the policies, and the metadata or state information that is needed for a self-consistent system. Virtualization of the data life cycle corresponds to tracking the evolution of the policies, procedures, and state information and providing mechanisms for each new user community to re-purpose the collection. Long term sustainability then corresponds to re-purposing of a collection for use within a new institution, and uses the same mechanisms that support evolution between data life cycle stages.