Historical Documentation: University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) Brochure
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Title: Historical Documentation: University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) Brochure
Physical Description: Archival
Creator: Kesse, Erich
Publication Date: 2007
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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The World Map Collections are
heavily weighted toward historic or
antique maps, but selected modern
maps are also included.

Like our book and journal collections,
World Map Collections is focused on
our area-studies strengths. African,
Caribbean, Florida, and Middle East
maps are particularly rich.

Increasing effort is being given to
georectification of maps and geo-
referencing of depicted places
particularly in Florida and the
Caribbean. The Ephemeral Cities
project, for example, will produce
clickable maps linked to digitized texts
via data-mining methods.

Imaging is currently done using the
BetterLight Super 8K-HSTM digital
camera back. Georectification is
vended. Geo-referencing is assigned
to graduate student assistants
supervised by the Libraries'
GIS program.

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The University of Florida Digital Collections [UFDC]
(http://ufdc.ufl.edu/) provides digital access to resources
from the special collections of University of Florida's archives,
libraries and museums, as well as those of partnered institutions
throughout Florida and the Caribbean.

UFDC strengths rest in literature for children; maps and aerial
photography; newspapers; and Florida and Caribbean studies.
Holdings include artifacts; herbarium specimens, multi-media;
photographs; and oral histories, as well as archives, books and
journals. All content is digitally archived with the Florida Digital
Archive to ensure continuing availability.

Conditional upon funding, UFDC produces upwards of 300,000
images or 15 terabytes of data per year. Staff also is currently
migrating content from older technologies to new technologies
that support image zoom and text searching of every printed
page. And, new staff will be building education interfaces and
learning modules for collections.

UFDC is funded by the University of Florida and the State of
Florida. And, its funds are enhanced through a successful
granting program and endowment. UFDC projects have
received grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation;
Florida's House of Representatives; the Florida Humanities
Council; Florida's Library Services & Technology Assistance
program; the Institute for Library and Museum Services; the
National Endowment for the Humanities; the U.S. Department of
Education; and both corporate and private donors.

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Florida's newspapers are a state treasure, the historian's and
genealogist's best friend, and the community's collective
memory. In the world of newspapers, today's news is already
history, from the moment their stories are printed. The Florida
Digital Newspaper Library [FDNL] provides access to the news
and history of Florida. __

FDNL provides access to both historic
and contemporary newspapers,
digitized from preservation microfilm or
from source documents scanned
using CopiBook imaging workstations.
Florida's program is one of the few
freely available digital newspaper
collections in the country to provide
access to the state's contemporary
news. We are greatly indebted to
Florida's independent newspaper
publishers, including members of the
Florida Press Association. Without
their contributions to the Library,
current content would not be available.

Digitization of Florida historic news has
been generously supported by the
National Endowment for the
Humanities, the Institute for Museum
and Library Services, and the Florida's
Library Services and Technology
Assistance program.


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The digital collections of the Baldwin Library of Children's
Literature represent a small, but rapidly growing portion of the
more than 100,000 titles held by the Baldwin Library of
Historical Children's Literature at the University of Florida. With
more than 2,000 titles currently available, the digital collections
are the largest, freely available resource for historic literature for
children anywhere.

A great strength of the collection is the
many English and American editions
e of the same work, showing shifts in
cultural attitudes and social mores.
Digital holdings explore: education and
upbringing; family and gender roles;
civic values; racial, religious, and
moral attitudes; literary style and
format; and the arts of illustration and
book design. In addition to a general
collection, forthcoming collections will
include an extensive run of St.
Nicholas Magazine and more than 300
editions of Robinson Crusoe.

Funding for digitization of this collection is provided in part by
the National Endowment for the Humanities. And, the bulk of
imaging is now completed using CopiBook imaging
workstations. The occasional tightly bound volume is imaged
using book-cradles and digital single lens reflex (SLR) cameras.

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The University of Florida Institutional Repository [UFIR] is a
collection of the University of Florida community's research,
news, outreach, and educational materials.

A phased approach to building the University of Florida
Institutional Repository has been designed to facilitate the
development of the collection. During the first phase and
pending the creation of online submission tools, library staff
will collect digital resources, identified by collection managers
and the University archivist, from University web pages and
various units. During the second phase, online submission of
publications, journal articles, grey literature, images and data
will be encouraged. Eventually, the Repository will contains
texts, images, sounds, and numeric data both published and
previously unpublished, representing facets of campus life
including research and University organization and functions.

Many of the resources collected here have been digitized from
paper. Increasingly, however, the content found here will be
born and submitted digitally. The Repository Initiative
encourages faculty and University units to contribute their
research, reports and other intellectual effort to the University
of Florida Institutional Repository for archiving and
dissemination free of commercial cost.

Today the UFIR holds more than 500 titles in more than 1000
volumes. While yet small, the collection is larger than all of the
other, more established Institutional Repositories in the State
of Florida. Holdings to date most clearly represent the
publishing power house working within the Institute for Food
and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). But, a clearer and more
complete picture of the University as a whole is being created
as staff actively archive additional resources.

The Digital Library of the Caribbean
[dLOC] is a cooperative digital library
for resources from and about the
Caribbean and circum-Caribbean.
dLOC provides access to Caribbean
cultural, historical and research
materials currently held in archives,
libraries, and private collections.

This project, funded by the U.S.
Department of Education, provides
equipment and on-site training and
returns content for use by U.S.


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Current partners, based in Belize; "'
Colombia; the Dominican Republic; -' .-
Guatemala; Haiti, Jamaica; Mexico; .
New York State; Trinidad and Tobago;
the U.S. Virgin Islands; and Venezuela,
as well as Florida, are providing content s
that could not be acquired through
commercial markets. Examples of rare
materials acquired through this
technology-for-content program include the Haitian Declaration
of Independence, Revolutionary Journals, and imprints on
Mexican history not available elsewhere.

More information about this project, which includes archives;
artifacts; books; journals; newspapers and photographs, is
available from its international web site, http://www.dloc.com/.
The research collection, Caribbean Collections, is also
available from the main UFDC page.


Florida Photographs tells the story of Florida's and the
University of Florida's modern and contemporary history in
images, such as this U.F. Football Championship team
photograph taken in 1903.
Even though national
record books give the
honor to a team from
Princeton University,
photographic evidence
allows us to suggest that
history was written by
those who ruled the

Other images, many
promoting products sold
outside Florida, promote
idyllic views of a Paradise
that could be tasted if only
by juicing an orange or
lighting up a Tampa cigar.

Drawn largely from the
holdings of the University
Archives, the collection is
complimented by images
from the University of
Florida's Health Science
Center Archives, the
Matheson Historical
Museum, as well as from
the University of South

Aerial Photography: Florida, with tens of thousands of hits per
year, is one of our most popular collections. Holding more than
88,000 aerial photographs taken between 1930 and 2000, the
collection is literally a portrait of the State.

Valued by developers,
ecologists, engineers
and home owners, the
collection documents the
use of Florida lands and
waterways over time.
With zoomable high
resolution images, every
inch of Florida can be
seen. Searchable
databases and a map
interface offer users easy

The Collection reflects the collaboration of the GIS Program in
the Government Documents Department, the Map and Imagery
Library, and the Digital Library Center, together with the
Library's Systems Department.

Florida is one of only a handful of states to have such a
comprehensive collection available on-line, and, one of a
smaller number to have placed their collection in a GIS system.

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