How does it work? The NOBLE Digital Library uses the DSpace platform. Image files and metadata are imported into DSpace using PERL scripts. Images are categorized into collections designated by the library. Items can be searched by keyword or browsed by communities, collection, author, title, etc.
Where’s our stuff? DSpace organizes content by “communities.” Each NOBLE library is considered an individual community. Each community may have multiple collections. NOBLE Digital Library
Digital Formats The majority of items currently in NOBLE Digital Library are images. Postcards
Then and Now… Center School, Reading, Mass. Date: 2008 Date: ?
DSpace can accommodate almost any format or file type, including: Documents Books Theses Audio files Video files
What’s the benefit? Greater exposure for your digital collections. Secure, stable storage of images that is also accessible to users Brings together aspects of a shared local history
Multiple exposures Adding collections to the NOBLE Digital Library does not preclude you from adding the same images to: --Flickr --Library website or blog --Library catalog
Sharing the wealth Digital Library is OAI compliant—data are “harvested” by services that we choose—currently only the Digital Commonwealth. Digital Commonwealth “The Digital Commonwealth is a gateway (a web portal) to digital assets hosted by Massachusetts cultural institutions. Cultural institutions include libraries, museums, historical societies, archives, research institutions, and other repositories of our cultural heritage.”
Digital Commonwealth http://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/
Geotagging content Embedded tags “travel with” images to FLICKR Enable mapping options (Google Maps, Google Earth)