• VALA2016 Session 5 Mamtora

     
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    Neil Godfrey
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    Preserving a living archive of indigenous language material

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 5: Warding the Past
    Tuesday 9 February 2016, 15:20 - 15:50
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    Neil Godfrey, Jayshree Mamtora and Catherine Bow

    Charles Darwin University, NT

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    This paper describes how Charles Darwin University Library is directly helping to sustain and preserve Aboriginal languages and culture that have been facing hurdles for long-term survival. The Library, in partnership with an ARC-funded research project known as the Living Archive of Aboriginal Languages (www.cdu.edu.au/laal), supports this effort with a repository, web application and digitisation program to preserve endangered Indigenous resources and facilitate both Indigenous community engagement and international linguistic research. The project serves as a rich case study demonstrating how academic libraries can work with researchers to support the archiving of cultural heritage.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 16 Daniels

     
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    Oculus Rift: activating heritage collections through technology

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 16: Virtual Travels
    Thursday 11 February 2016, 14:45 - 15:15
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    Ben Carmichael and Gerrard Daniels

    Geelong Regional Library Corporation, Vic

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    Abstract

    The Geelong Regional Library Corporation, in preparation for the opening of the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, is investigating the ways cutting edge technology can enhance archival material. The incorporation of Geelong’s Heritage Centre items into the library’s collection offered the perfect opportunity to experiment with how historical material might be presented in exciting new ways. Using the Oculus Rift virtual reality hardware, local turn-of-the-century stereoscopic images have been given new life, allowing patrons to experience the past with anticipated future technology. This paper details the considerations, background and implementation of this project.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 13 Ruge

     
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    Courtney Ruge
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    Digital Dilemmas: a participatory investigation into developing a digital strategy for a community archive

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Digitisation Adventures
    Thursday 11 February 2016, 12:00 - 12:30
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    Courtney Ruge, Steve Wright, Joanne Evans

    Monash University, Vic

    Graham Willett

    University of Melbourne, Vic

    Gary Jaynes

    Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Vic

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    This paper reports on the progress of a collaborative project between Monash University and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, which aims to provide public access to the Archives’ digital collections through the development an online exhibition and an exploration of the possibilities for building an online catalogue using open-source software. The paper explores the challenges involved in attempting to undertake effective consultation and collaboration between researchers and community archives in a community informatics project of this nature, the challenges for community archives in resourcing complex digital projects, and the issues associated with developing a digital strategy for a community archives from multiple stakeholder perspectives.

     

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  • VALA2016 Session 13 Kearney

     
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    In the words of our field naturalists: an adventure in digitisation and transcription

    VALA2016 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Digitisation Adventures
    Thursday 11 February 2016, 11:25 - 11:55
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    Nicole Kearney and Elycia Wallis

    Museum Victoria

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    Historic field diaries chronicle the expeditions undertaken over time to explore and discover the natural history of the world. They provide invaluable insights into past species distribution and abundance, as well as the trials and wonders experienced on historic expeditions. However, despite the wealth of information they contain, field diaries are a hugely underutilised resource. This paper will discuss why this is the case and how, with the help of crowd-sourced volunteers, the field diaries in Museum Victoria's collection are being made more accessible. Cataloguing, digitisation and transcription procedures are detailed, together with how this content is being put online.

     

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  • VALA2014 Session 8 Burke

     

    Video: streaming with possibilities, but undiscoverable

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: Collaborate
    Wednesday 5 February 2014, 14:55 - 15:25
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    Jane Burke

    ProQuest, USA

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    Abstract

    Despite growing volume and popularity, institutional video content is the least curated and least discoverable of all content types. Although users expect ubiquitous access to all content, regardless of format, video is under-catalogued/indexed and therefore not easily accessible. Video, especially institutional video, is not available to discovery services, and rights management concerns inhibit availability. Therefore, libraries are missing an opportunity to showcase their relevance. This paper presents research on the hypothesis that utilizing automated transcription to programmatically create rich metadata promotes discoverability and usability of institutionally created video.

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  • VALA2014 Session 2 Cootes

     

    Marking up NSW: Wikipedia, newspapers and the State Library

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: It's All About the Data
    Tuesday 4 February 2014, 11:25 - 11:55
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    Simon Cootes

    State Library of New South Wales

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    This paper discusses the State Library of NSW’s project to create content on Wikipedia linking back to the digitised newspapers on Trove. The paper discusses the issues encountered in working with Wikipedia and the factors that made this project a success. One significant factor was the collaborative partnerships with other institutions that allowed the State Library to build on the expertise of other groups.

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  • VALA2014 Session 15 Gifford

     

    Size doesn't matter: how a small library went BIG

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 15: New Territory
    Thursday 6 February 2014, 14:20 - 14:50
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    Anna Gifford and Julie Rae

    Australian Drug Foundation, Vic

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    This paper presents the story of a small, specialist library, which transformed its service delivery model through a reframing of the service from traditional library to integrated information service. The paper details some of the processes and discoveries from such an undertaking, and shares its approach for regenerating the library function to ensure and grow its relevance into the future.

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  • VALA2014 Session 13 Biswas

     

    Grass roots digitisation: how to engage with your community

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 13: Engaging Culture
    Thursday 6 February 2014, 14:55 - 15:25
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    Smita Biswas

    Auckland City Libraries, New Zealand

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    This paper shares the experience of two mid-sized New Zealand public libraries involving their communities in starting their digitisation projects using Kete open source software. These communities were encouraged to share their unique stories and digitise their images and oral histories. The Kete software was extended to harvest relevant social media content from YouTube, Twitter and Digital New Zealand and link it to the community-contributed local content, to create a rich digital local history resource. The paper also gives the libraries' tips on planning the scope of their digitisation projects and then making these projects self-managing and less reliant on staff members.

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  • VALA2014 Session 11 Organ

     

    What's on the telly? Streaming the archives to new audiences

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 11: Crossing the Stream
    Thursday 6 February 2014, 10:30 - 11:00
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    Michael Organ and Rebecca Daly

    University of Wollongong Library, NSW

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    Abstract

    University libraries face an increasingly diverse digital world in which tablet and mobile devices are the preferred access platforms for research, teaching and learning. The University of Wollongong Library has responded by digitising its unique archival collections, embedding digitisation processes, developing a digitisation program and providing a Digital Collections portal to material held within its repositories. The Library has also embarked on digitisation of the nationally significant WIN4 television news collection 1964-84. Comprising over 1,000 reels of 16mm black and white film and associated scripts, the project entails significant technological, copyright and logistical hurdles in providing streamed access to content.

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  • VALA2014 Session 1 Piper

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    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Think Big
    Tuesday 4 February 2014, 11:25 - 11:55
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    Andrew Piper

    State Library of South Australia

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    The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is honouring the memory of those who served at the front lines on World War 1 and on the home front, through a series of projects. The principal project is the creation of a new web resource of the records of the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau (SARCIB). The web resource will utilise volunteers and provide opportunities for community created content. By leveraging existing tools such as MARC, the project will lead the way for future delivery of our collections and provide an opportunity for SLSA to apply Linked Open Data. It is anticipated this resource will be available early in 2015.

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  • VALA2014 Session 1 Ludekens

     

    CPA Australia's archive story

    VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Think Big
    Tuesday 4 February 2014, 12:00 - 12:30
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    Kerrie Ludekens and Kerry Gutowski

    CPA Australia, Vic

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    The CPA Australia Archives, a unique collection of records extending back 130 years, document the history of the organisation, the development of the accounting profession and the social and business history of Australia. These Archives are a rich source of information for academics and members of the public interested in their family history. To enhance access, CPA Australia and several Australian universities applied for and were successful in obtaining a linkage grant from Australian Research Council (ARC) to digitise the Archives. This paper discusses the digitisation process.

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  • VALA2010 Session 15 Shadbolt

     

    VALA20120A research idea, an administrative need and a resource capability come together in time to create an invaluable historical collection: the University Calendar story at Melbourne

    VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 15 - Digitisation/Publishing
    Thursday 11 February 2010 14:55 - 15:25
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAnna Shadbolt

    Coordinator, Information Management Advisory Service, University of Melbourne
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    Joe Arthur

    Coordinator, Digitisation and Imaging, University of Melbourne
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    Silvia Paparozzi

    Senior Imaging Officer, University of Melbourne
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    Four events were critical to our university calendar story: a researcher searching for lists of University Members over time; an administrator documenting researcher records over time; a records analyst frustrated by precious storage housing duplicate copies of calendars, and finally, the need to dispose of multiple sets of surplus calendars. Serendipity combined these events, digitising 150 years of university history and producing an invaluable digital record. The learning from our journey has been an appreciation of the complexities of digitisation projects. Key outcomes have been the development of better workflows and a more intentional strategy for future digitisation projects.

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    VALA20120Digitise this: converting content

    VALA 2010 CONCURRENT SESSION 15 - Digitisation/Publishing
    Thursday 11 February 2010 14:20 - 14:50
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperCathie Jilovsky

    Chief Information Officer, CAVAL Ltd
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    George Panagiotidis

    Lead, Digital Services, CAVAL Ltd
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    Janette Wright

    CEO, CAVAL Ltd
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    This paper describes and illustrates the new processes that CAVAL is using to convert content into digital form. The research and development process began with the purchase of a Kirtas 2400 RA Book Digitising device in 2008. This page-turning device now underpins the provision of high quality digitisation services for books and bound volumes. Issues discussed include image enhancement, file format options, differing criteria for preservation and digitisation and the potential integration of complementary services such as metadata harvesting and copyright permissions management. More recently a facility to digitise large format newspapers and maps has been developed. Much of the digitised content created has now been made available via the web providing access to full-text searchable information that was previously almost impossible to find and access.

  • VALA2006 Session 14 McGrath

     

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    Heritage Map Digitisation: An adventure in applying aspects of Digital Preservation Policy

    VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 14: Digitisation and Managing Digital Objects
    Friday 10 February 2006, 14:00 - 14:30
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperPeter McGrath

    Digital Preservation Specialist, State Library of Victoria
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    Shirley Firth

    Image Resources Manager, State Library of Victoria
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    This paper discusses some of the key principles of the State Library of Victoria’s recently released Digital Preservation Policy and how these were applied to a heritage map digitisation project, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works Maps Digitising Project. Principles discussed include image capture standards, image metadata, storage and media. The project presented many challenges and twists and turns along the way- a surprising adventure for the project team.

     

  • VALA2006 Session 14 Laurie

     

    VALA2006Reviving the past: the Early New Zealand Books Online Project at the University of Auckland Library

    VALA 2006 CONCURRENT SESSION 14: Digitisation and Managing Digital Objects
    Friday 10 February 2006, 14:35 - 15:05
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    VALA Peer Reviewed PaperJohn Laurie

    Subject Librarian, Anthropology, Applied Language Studies and Linguistics, University of Auckland Library
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    The aim of the ENZB project at the University of Auckland Library is to provide a corpus of significant material published about New Zealand in the first two thirds of the 19th century. This paper looks at design parameters for the database and technical processes used to convert printed text and images to electronic format for presentation on the web. The ENZB is an in-house project using FineReader 7 OCR software to produce TEI-compliant XML files. b-engine software produces HTML for the web and links text to images of the original pages.

     

  • VALA2006 Plenary 3 Balakrishnan

     

    VALA2006 Keynote SpeakerUniversal Digital Library - connecting users to digital contents

    Narayanaswamy BalakrishnanVALA 2008 PLENARY 3: Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan
    Thursday 9 February 2006, 09:00 - 10:15
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    Narayanaswamy Balakrishnan

    Associate Director, Indian Institute of Science
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    The Universal Digital Library epitomises international collaboration with partners from USA, China, Egypt and Australia spanning academia, Government and religious institutions as stakeholders. Nearly 600,000 books have been scanned so far and most of them are available for free browsing.

    Discuss the Indian Language Technology Research that was stimulated by the vast information base made available by the UDL project. The efforts to connect the users to content using mobile vans, Internet based dissemination and the personalised Digital collections are compared. The talk concludes with the discussion on the issue of copyright and presents a novel idea of a “Consortium for Compensating for Creating Contents” – the FourCs.

     

  • VALA2000 Session 8 Carman Brown

     

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    The progress of digitization technology, particularly multimedia, within some British cultural institutions

    VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 8: Multimedia
    Thursday 17 February 2000, 14:00 - 14:30

    Lesley Carman-Brown, 1998/99 VALA Travel Scholar

    Public Programs Coordinator, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, Curtin University of Technology
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    This paper, based on a research visit to the United Kingdom in 1999, discusses the electronic progress being achieved by some major British cultural institutions, particularly in comparison to digitization progress which has been made by Australia's first prime ministerial library. It examines digitization of difficult collection areas such as multimedia and the desirability of upscaling digital projects.

  • VALA2000 Session 10 Berthon

     

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    The moving frontier: archiving, preservation and tomorrow’s digital heritage

    VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 10: Archiving
    Friday 18 February 2000, 10:45 - 11:15

    Hilary Berthon

    Manager, National & International Preservation Activities, National Library of Australia
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    Colin Webb

    Director, Preservation Services Branch, National Library of Australia
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    Digital publications are a significant part of tomorrow’s heritage of digital information. However, there is a growing understanding that tomorrow’s digital heritage will simply not be available without concerted action. This paper reviews international progress in digital archiving and preservation over the past one to two years. In that time, we have seen some developments in international collaboration, many archiving models being tested, active work on a range of facilitating issues, and an ongoing debate over the most appropriate long-term preservation strategies. However, a number of problematical issues remain. A most encouraging trend is the ongoing commitment to sharing information. The National Library of Australia’s PADI website has been re-developed as an international digital preservation forum, charting progress in finding workable solutions that can be applied by Australian libraries.

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