Category Archives: Software

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

Audio Digitization: a look at the Rohlig process

Audio Digitization is a completely different type of mole hill than Image Digitization. There are different concerns, such as playback speeds, distortion, clipping, etc. There are also different types of technical metadata needed, such as track begin and end times. … Continue reading

Automating the capture process

As part of our ongoing efforts to develop and adopt workflow practices that increase the amount and quality of images we put into our digital archive we are always looking at new changes to our digitization process. Currently we are … 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 haven’t yet branded the interface — but we have loaded the first 3 collections of images into Steve-Museum tagging software for experimentation. These are images for which we have very little description — or none at all! We are … Continue reading

How does this Acumen thing work?

Acumen is our digital library delivery software… which is in the process of going live as open source.  Tonio Loewald is the developer, and we published an article about Acumen in Code4Lib last year, which will contain more detail than … Continue reading

Invisible Digitization?

Sometimes Digital Services captures “Oddities,” which is content that can’t be uploaded into Acumen. This may be content digitized for patrons, donors, and other institutions; or it might be tiff image files that have already been placed online or archived … Continue reading

The Other Black Art

Since we are two days away from Valentine’s Day, you’re probably expecting a blog about love and romance. Close, this blog is about the automation of repetitive tasks through the use of a scripting language, and who doesn’t love that? Perhaps you … Continue reading

XML is like…

For people who are looking at XML data for the first time it can be confusing to find a reference point that allows them to understand the role that values and tags can play in the structuring of their data. … Continue reading