Category Archives: Delivery Methodology

Acumen 3.0 is here!

Recently, we unveiled the newest version of our search tool, Acumen 3.0! Its new indexer (among other improvements) helps put more data at your fingertips faster. See more info on the results page The easiest way to get you more … Continue reading

Acumen FINALLY available open source!!

The long-awaited day has finally arrived.  After many trials and tribulations, we have at long last released Acumen Digital Library Software open source!!! This software is light-weight, easy to install (intended for Linux or OSX), easy to use, and it … Continue reading

Acumen Items Now Accessible Via Scout

Did you know that our digital collections are now accessible through University Libraries’ Discovery Service, Scout? Now when someone searches Scout for a title, author, or keyword, they will not only recieve results for books, articles, etc., but also any … Continue reading

Advanced Acumen Searching

Acumen is big. Very big. And it’s getting bigger.  I’m pointing this out because when databases like Acumen get big, they become impossible to search through manually. Generally speaking, one can’t just browse casually through thousands and thousands of folder directories and … Continue reading

Adventures in geocoding

Last November, I was excited to read a D-Lib article on leveraging Google Map APIs to generate latitude/longitude values from locations, then generating files which could be uploaded to create embeddable maps of content. I explored and mapped out the … Continue reading

But… what if I have lots of Fred Jones letters?

Or… what if I have Fred Jones Letters in different collections? Or… what if I have Fred Jones photographs, letters, audio tapes and more? The way we deal with this is to identify the item within a collection by an … Continue reading

Come tag our photos!

We’re proud to announce that Acumen now has integrated tagging functionality. But what the heck does that mean? Let’s say you’re looking at an item in Acumen and you think: How in the world would someone interested in X find this item … Continue reading

Come transcribe our items!

Recently, we talked about adding your own metadata to photos through our new Acumen tagging pane. Today, the focus is on something a bit more involved but maybe even more important: transcribing handwritten documents. Why transcribe? Did you know that many … Continue reading

Complete Joshua Hill Foster papers now online!

This past school year, we had an awesome Graduate Assistant, Sarah, who scanned the Joshua Hill Foster papers in their entirety! In addition to the scanning, Sarah also had an active role in performing quality control tasks on the scans … Continue reading

Getting large manuscript collections online cheaply

A major impediment to digitizing large manuscript collections is  the cost of item-level descriptions, to provide access to the content. Recently we completed an NHPRC-funded project which demonstrates a proposed solution to that problem:  The Septimus D. Cabaniss Papers collection. … Continue reading