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Title: Bringing Texas History and Culture to the Desktop


1
Bringing Texas History and Culture to the Desktop
  • Danielle Cunniff Plumer
  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission

2
Agenda
  • Background
  • Search Basics
  • Standards
  • Digitization
  • Metadata
  • Vocabulary
  • Interoperability
  • Participation
  • Contacts
  • Credits

3
Statewide Digitization
  • Exemplars
  • American Memory (LoC)
  • Making of America
  • Colorado Digitization Program
  • Components
  • Multiple Institutions
  • Libraries
  • Archives
  • Museums?
  • Multiple Formats
  • Images
  • Documents
  • Oral Histories

4
Digitization in Texas
  • Existing Projects
  • Texas Archival Resources Online
  • Portal to Texas History
  • Texas Beyond History
  • Texas Tides
  • Texas Historic Sites Atlas
  • Funding Sources
  • TexTreasures
  • Texas Infrastructure Fund
  • Regional/Local Foundations

5
Google Sam Houston
6
Sam Houston
7
THDI Vision
  • To offer unified online access to cultural
    heritage resources held by Texas institutions

8
Participants
  • Archives
  • Libraries
  • Academic
  • Public
  • Special
  • Museums
  • State and Local Government Agencies

9
Partnerships
  • Collaboration
  • Funding
  • Digitization
  • Hosting
  • Sample Partnerships
  • Portal to Texas History
  • Texas Tides
  • Museum of Houston

10
Audiences
  • Teachers and school-aged children
  • TEKS social studies requirement
  • Researchers
  • College students
  • Historians
  • Genealogists
  • General public

11
THDI IMLS Grant
  • Purposes
  • To enhance interoperability among disparate
    collections of digital assets
  • To provide seamless access to digital assets
    through a federated search engine
  • To demonstrate the feasibility of using open
    source software in support of international
    standards

12
Search Basics
  • Single Repository
  • One vs. many data entry points
  • Harvested Content
  • Multiple repositories contributing metadata to a
    central site
  • OAI-PMH
  • Federated Search
  • Multiple repositories with a single search
    interface
  • Z39.50

13
Web Search
14
Metasearch
Protocol OAI-PMH
15
Federated Search
2
Protocols Z39.50 SRU/SRW
16
THDI Architecture
  • Build indexes
  • OAI Harvest
  • Query Z39.50/SRU

17
THDI Strategy
  • Develop Standards
  • Develop Interface
  • Develop Search Targets
  • Usability Testing
  • Repeat

18
Technical Specifications
  • Full support for Z39.50
  • SRW/U bonus
  • Metadata normalization
  • Dublin Core
  • MARC
  • Support for thumbnail images
  • Open Source
  • Standards-Compliant
  • Including Accessibility

19
Product Details
  • Vendor Index Data
  • Product Keystone DLS (TKL)
  • Also used in
  • Library of Texas
  • Portal to Texas History
  • Features
  • Content Management System
  • Digital Asset Management System
  • Metadata Harvester
  • Link Resolver
  • Federated Search

20
Texas Heritage Online
  • http//www.thdi.org

21
Standards
  • Digitization
  • Metadata
  • Controlled vocabulary
  • Interoperability
  • Preservation

22
Digitization
  • Minimum requirement Must have digital objects
  • Images (photos, documents)
  • Texts (EAD, TEI, HTML)
  • Audio, video
  • Standards and Best Practices
  • Keep one uncompressed, high-resolution, copy
  • Use thumbnails lower-resolution derivatives
    for access
  • Recommend Use of Digital Asset Management Systems

23
DAMS
  • Components
  • Workflow/ Process Management
  • File Management
  • Metadata Management
  • Rights Management
  • Access Management

24
Sample DAMS
  • Custom database
  • Microsoft Access
  • FileMaker Pro
  • Library Catalog
  • Endeavor Curator
  • SirsiDynix Hyperion
  • III Millennium MetaSource
  • Stand-alone application
  • Greenstone
  • CONTENTdm
  • DSpace

25
Metadata
  • Data about data
  • Any information added to object
  • Structured data most useful
  • Standards and Best Practices
  • Dublin Core (OAI)
  • EAD, TEI
  • MARC/MODS
  • METS
  • CDWA-Lite

26
Controlled Vocabulary
  • Getty Vocabularies
  • Art Architecture Thesaurus
  • Union List of Artist Names
  • Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
  • Chenhall's Revised Nomenclature
  • Library of Congress
  • Thesaurus for Graphic Materials
  • LC Subject Headings Authorities

27
Interoperability
  • A systems ability to interact with other
    systems
  • Protocols and profiles
  • Aspect of DAMS
  • Standards and Best Practices
  • Metadata harvesting (OAI)
  • Metasearch (Z39.50, SRU)

28
Participation
  • THDI Work Groups
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Standards
  • Training
  • Users
  • THDI Annual Meeting
  • Interest/Affinity Groups
  • Texas Library Association
  • Texas Association of Museums
  • Society of Southwest Archivists

29
THDI Collections Survey
  • Survey Monkey
  • See THDI News on www.thdi.org
  • Institution Information
  • Collection Information
  • Title
  • URL / Repository
  • Description
  • Browse Categories
  • Format / Date Ranges / Topics

30
Contacts
  • Texas Heritage Online http//www.thdi.org
  • Danielle Cunniff Plumer, Coordinator Texas
    Heritage Digitization Initiative Texas State
    Library and Archives Commission PO Box 12927,
    Austin, TX 78711 512-463-5852
    dplumer_at_tsl.state.tx.us
  • Houston McGaugh, Chair THDI Steering
    Committee Star of the Republic Museum P. O. Box
    317, Washington, TX 77880 936-878-2461
    hmcgaugh_at_blinn.edu

31
Image Credits
  • Texas Declaration of Independence, Prints and
    Photographs Collection, Texas State Library and
    Archives Commission.
  • Sam Houston Collage
  • Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. Houston, Samuel."
    http//www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/article
    s/HH/fho73.html (accessed November 4, 2006).
  • Daguerrotype of Sam Houston in white duster coat,
    c. 1859. Prints and Photographs Collection, Texas
    State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Bruce, Henry. Life of General Houston, 1793-1863.
    New York Dodd, Mead, Co., 1891. Available on
    the Portal to Texas History, University of North
    Texas.
  • Sam Houstons title to land in Nacodoches County,
    05 May 1835. Texas General Land Office patent no.
    315, vol. 18.
  • Sam Houstons jaguar-skin vest. Sam Houston
    Memorial Museum Collection, Texas Tides, Stephen
    F. Austin State University.
  • Sam Houston's Inaugural Address. Center for
    American History, The University of Texas at
    Austin.
  • The Texas Knights of Columbus Historical
    Commission at St. Edward's University, Austin,
    Texas, 1926. Catholic Archives of Texas, Austin.
  • Texas Normal School for Negroes, Junior Class.
    Probably taken at Prairie View Normal Institute
    (now Prairie View AM University), date unknown.
    Prints and Photographs Collection, Texas State
    Library and Archives Commission.
  • Boy in a charro costume, Casasola Studio
    Photographs, PH041-01-00007, Special Collections
    Department, University of Texas at El Paso
    Library.
  • Correct Map of Texas. St. Louis Woodward,
    Tiernan Hale, 1878. Courtesy of Special
    Collections, University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Toy John Deere wagon. From the collections of the
    George Ranch Historical Park, Richmond, Texas.
    Available on the Portal to Texas History,
    University of North Texas

32
Image Credits
  • Lida Senkel in chicken yard. Fort Bend Museum
    Collection. Available on the Portal to Texas
    History, University of North Texas.
  • Mrs. Angelina Eberly firing off a cannon,
    Prints and Photographs Collection, Texas State
    Library and Archives Commission.
  • Texas Rangers taken at Railroad Station in Ft.
    Worth, Texas during a railroad strike in April,
    1886. ETRC Photograph Collection. Texas Tides,
    Stephen F. Austin State University.
  • Oil near Ranger going over the top, circa 1917.
    W.D. Hornaday Collection, Prints and Photographs
    Collection, Texas State Library and Archives
    Commission.
  • Caddo Pottery, Courtesy Texas Beyond History, The
    University of Texas at Austin. Available at
    http//www.texasbeyondhistory.net/tejas/clay/galle
    ries/index.html
  • Famers on wagon. Mrs. Robert Watrous Photographs,
    Prints and Photographs Collection, Archives and
    Information Services Division, Texas State
    Library and Archives Commission. 1972/87-6.
  • Launch of the USS Houston (CA-30), Newport News,
    Virginia, September 7, 1929. Cruiser Houston
    Collection. Courtesy of Special Collections,
    University of Houston Libraries.
  • Needle point picture of a map of Austin's Old 300
    Colony. From the collections of the Fort Bend
    County Museum, Richmond, Texas. Available on the
    Portal to Texas History, University of North
    Texas
  • Jim, Joe, and Lillian Goin. About 1910. From the
    private collection of Bouncer Goin, Aubrey,
    Texas. Available on the Portal to Texas History,
    University of North Texas.
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