The Digital Collections Office has two primary emphases, the first of which is Collection and Digitization by:
The second area of emphasis is to support UW’s scholarly output by:
Digital collections and projects can be large or small and can take very little time to complete or span multiple years of ongoing work. We have partnered with individuals, departments, colleges, and welcome all opportunities to work on projects with other institutions as well.
We can handle a wide variety of content including still images (such as photographs), large scale maps (up to 54″ in one dimension), books, loose papers & manuscripts, audio, and video. See here for details on equipment employed by the Digital Collections Office.
Chad Hutchens, Head of Digital Collections
Islandora version 7x.1.3 is the software behind Digital UW. Islandora is a Drupal front end with modules that allow Drupal to connect to a preservation repository system called Fedora Commons (v. 3 currently). Additionally, Islandora is comprised of a number of "solution packs" that enable web access of digital content stored in Fedora. Therefore, Islandora offers not only access to and discovery of digital content, but also preservation of digital objects over the long term that enable forward migration.
|Solution Pack (SP)||Digital Object File Type(s)||Explanation and Example|
|Audio SP||WAV, MP3||The Audio SP creates an audio object that is viewable via JW Player, downloadable, and that can be embedded elsewhere (WyoCourses for example).
Audio SP example
|Basic Image SP||GIF, PNG, JPG/JPEG||Creates a simple image file viewable and downloadable.
Basic Image SP example
|Book SP||TIFF||Creates a book that is made up of multiple images of pages. Original TIFFs are ingested and JPG, PDF, and OCR derivatives are created for access and download. Pages are rendered through the Internet Archive Book Viewer in paged form and are full-text searchable (depending on OCR accuracy).
Book SP example
|Compound SP||Any of other SP supported types||A Compound object is simply two or more objects based on different SPs. For example, a grouping of individual audio and image objects may be grouped together via a Compound object.
Compound Object example
|Newspaper SP||TIFF||The Newspaper SP functions just like the Book SP except that it is designed to render serialized content such as newspapers or journals.
Newspaper SP example
|PDF SP||The PDF SP renders original PDF objects as viewable and downloadable PDFs.
PDF SP example
|Video SP||OGG, MP4, MOV, QT, M4V, AVI, MKV||The Video SP creates a vidio object that is viewable via JW Player, downloadable, and that can be embedded elsewhere (WyoCourses for example). We're currently working on loading this content so we have no examples right now.|