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Digital Library Center and UF Digital Collections Overview, Script for Video
By: Nicola Hill
Welcome to the Digital Library Center. The DLC is the University of Floridas very own digitization center. Here, physical items are digitized and made publicly available online through the University of Florida Digital collections website.
First, each item intended for scanning is assigned a unique identifier number. This number acts like a package tracking number; it allows staff to follow an items progress through the digitization process, and quickly and easily locate a specific item. Descriptive metadata for the item is created at this time, generally based on the catalog record for the physical item. Descriptive metadata includes information such as title, author, publisher, number of pages, and standardized subject headings. Items are also assigned to their relevant collections.
Then the items are scanned on high quality scanners. The scanners at the DLC include high-speed rotary scanners, over-head scanners, film and slide scanners, and flatbed scanners. Larger items, such as maps, or architectural drawings may be digitized with an over-head camera. Three dimensional objects are digitized with a high resolution digital SLR camera.
Next, in Imaging, scanned pages are optimized for web presentation and minimally color-corrected to maintain historical and artifactual fidelity.
All items are reviewed by Quality Control staff. Staff verify the quality of the images and the item integrity. Structural metadata, such as page numbers and chapter titles, is created.
Before being posted online, items are run through an Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, process. Although humans will recognize the item as pages of text, these pages are essentially pictures. The OCR process translates the page images into machine-readable text, which enables full-text searching of the item when it is posted online.
Finally, items load to the UF Digital Collections website. All items are then are archived on and off site for digital preservation.
Finished items are publicly available to anyone with internet access. Users can browse the many different subject collections, and can also browse each item by page number, section, or thumbnail view, review, search, and sort by the citation information, and zoom in and out on individual pages.
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