Digitization 101 Pre-conference – August 17

Pre-conference is FULL

Register now for this is a full-day, introductory workshop on the use of open/free software to create, validate, index, search, display and maintain a digital archive of various materials including photographs, oral histories, newspapers and books.

Learn how to create simple digital files and produce a knowledge base of standardized archival digital objects, complete with Library of Congress metadata. Learn how to build a collection, and host it. Make your full text search-able oral histories to FADGI guidelines. Capture audio files with Audacity, use digital cameras and scanners to create full-text searchable, harvestable archives with Tomcat, ResCarta and jOAI.

This hands-on session will be held in the computer lab at Florida State University – Panama City Campus. Take the free and open source tools and knowledge with you to create a growing and sustainable archive. Date: Wednesday, August 17. Continental Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This course enables the attendee to:

  • Understand the types of equipment, software and time required to convert analog objects to digital formats.
  • Understand assorted file formats and their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Identify the various types of metadata and how they can be created.
  • Understand the difference between a digital file and a digital object.
  • Understand the use of OCR/AAT software and its limitations
  • List best practice formats for long term storage and reuse.

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended to be relevant to a wide audience, but will be particularly relevant to those cultural heritage professionals tasked with converting analog materials to digital.

Instructor: John Sarnowski has over 25 years experience in building digital collections. He was responsible for creating millions of digital objects for learned societies, libraries and major corporations as the director of Imaging Products at Northern Micrographics. Projects included “The Making of America” , JSTOR, and Historic Pittsburgh. He currently is a director of the ResCarta Foundation.

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