ERIC Number: ED374802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Setup Phase of Project Open Book: A Report to the Commission on Preservation and Access on the Status of an Effort To Convert Microfilm to Digital Imagery.
Conway, Paul; Weaver, Shari
Digital image quality, indexing structures, and production workflow were the three central issues examined during the second phase--the set-up phase--of Project Open Book, a major effort by Yale University Library to explore the usefulness of digital technologies for preserving and improving access to deteriorating documents. This report outlines the incremental progress made during the set-up phase and describes the results of Yale's investigation into the administrative requirements for high-volume production conversion. In 1993, Yale set up and evaluated components of an in-house production-conversion facility, converted and indexed 100 volumes in a test run, and prepared for the conversion from preservation microfilm of the next 3,000 volumes of a projected 10,000-volume digital library. A production workflow plan was developed that stressed the importance of working with vendors, training staff, and broad administrative support. The set-up phase focused intensely on process quality, efficient ways to use existing database technology, and specific steps in the conversion process. The production-conversion phase will define requirements for conversion and validate the conversion model. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Administration, College Libraries, Databases, Higher Education, Indexing, Information Storage, Library Materials, Microfilm, Models, Preservation, Production Techniques, Program Implementation
Commission on Preservation and Access, 1400 16th Street, N.W., Suite 740, Washington, DC 20036-2217 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Preservation and Access, Washington, DC.