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1 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES Workshop on Technical Skills and Standards for the World Digital Library Doha, Qatar February 22-23, 2012

2 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES Agenda (Day One) Introduction: Overview of the World Digital Library and WDL in the Arab Peninsula Region (Jason) Participants Introduction and Discussion (All) WDL Standards: Purpose and Practice (Sandy / Chris) Overview of the WDL Production Process (Jason) Workflow for Content and Metadata Preparation (Sandy / Chris / Ted) World Digital Library

3 OSI | WEB SERVICES Agenda (Day Two) Image Files: Digitization and Preparation (Sandy / Chris) Expert Descriptions: Nominal Process for Review and Evaluating Quality (Jason / Ted) Discussion on Expert Descriptions based on Arab Heritage Resources (Mr. Mohammed Hammam Fikri) Image Files: Transfer (Sandy / Chris) Discussion: Increasing the Usage of WDL in the Arab World (All) Summary: (Jason) Review of the WDL Production Process New Developments and Opportunities for Technical Staff at Partner Institutions Improving Communication and Collaboration Feedback Questionnaire, Certificates and Photographs Distribution World Digital Library

4 OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL Trainers: Sandy Bostian, WDL Content Manager Chris Masciangelo, WDL Digital Conversion Specialist Ted Waddelow, U.S. Fulbright Scholar at University of Bahrain Jason Yasner, WDL Operations Manager World Digital Library

5 OSI | WEB SERVICES Introduction: Overview of the World Digital Library and WDL in the Arab Peninsula Region World Digital Library Jason Yasner WDL Operations Manager

6 World Digital Library: Mission and Objectives World Digital Library Mission: Digitize and make freely available over the Internet, in multilingual format, primary source materials that tell the stories and highlight the achievements of all countries Objectives: Promote international and intercultural understanding and awareness Expand multilingual and culturally diverse content on the Internet Provide resources to educators and contribute to scholarly research Build knowledge and capacity in the developing world; help narrow the digital divide

7 Key Features of the WDL Website World Digital Library Multilingualism Interface in seven (7) languages Content in more than seventy-five (75) languages High quality content of cultural and historical importance Consistent, high-quality metadata to allow searching and browsing across cultures and time periods Item-level descriptions, curator videos to enhance user understanding of the content Speed and performance Web 2.0 features

8 Partners and User Statistics (As of February 1, 2012) World Digital Library 138 partners from 72 countries launched on April 21, 2009www.wdl.org Usage since launch: More than 19 million visitors Top countries by number of visitors: Spain, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, China, France, Russian Federation, Colombia, Portugal, Germany, UK Links from other sites to WDL: 3.5 million Visitors from the Arab World: 454,390

9 The WDL Governance Structure World Digital Library WDL launched as a Library of Congress-UNESCO partnership WDL Charter provides for: Annual partner meeting Executive Council Standing Committees for: Technical Architecture Content Selection Translation and Language Regional and Subject Sub-committees Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Chinese Language Content Meso-American Codices Arab Peninsula Regional Group Library of Congress serves as Project Manager ( )

10 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL in the Arab Peninsula Region (and neighboring parts of Africa) Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) Al- Ahgaf Library for Manuscripts, Yemen Central Library, Qatar Foundation, Qatar King Abdulaziz University Library, Saudi Arabia King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Main Library, Saudi Arabia King Hamad Library, Bahrain National Library of Jordan National Library of Sudan Omani Digital Library (Kawab Al-Marifa), Sultanate of Oman Sultan Qaboos University Libraries, Sultanate of Oman World Digital Library

11 OSI | WEB SERVICES Partner Introduction and Discussion Name, Position, Institution What are you digitizing, e.g., books, manuscripts, maps, photos, etc.? What content do you plan to contribute to WDL? Do you have a preservation policy in place? How are you storing your digital items? What equipment are you using? Do you have dedicated funding for digital production? Do you have a dedicated physical space (scanning facility)? World Digital Library

12 OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL Standards: Purpose and Practice project.wdl.org World Digital Library Sandy Bostian WDL Content Manager

13 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL Standards: Why? Your images are what people see. Deep Zoom shows flaws. Put your best foot forward. Your metadata runs the display. World Digital Library

14 OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL Standards: What is a digital object? Digital Content Metadata Relationships Behavior World Digital Library Partner WDL

15 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL Standards: One vs. Many Books, Manuscripts Single Volume – 1 object Multi-Volume – 1 object Newspapers Each Issue – 1 object Journal Each Issue – 1 object Photographs Single Photograph – 1 object Photo Album – ??? Maps Single Map – 1 object Atlas – ??? World Digital Library

16 OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL Standards: Digital Object 1 Record = 1 Object Make Sure the Numbers Match Before Sending Put the Digital Identifier in the Record World Digital Library

17 OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL Standards: Real Life Example 806 Records 316 Files + 55 Directories = 371 Objects No Digital Identifiers in Records World Digital Library

18 OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL Standards: Filenaming ASCII characters, preferably numbers Case matters (my_file vs. My_file vs. my_File) Three-letter file extensions (.tif NOT.tiff) Do not use these characters: : " / or \ | ? * Space ( or ) World Digital Library

19 OSI | WEB SERVICES Overview of WDL Production Process Content Selection Content Transfer Content Processing Cataloging (consistent metadata, descriptions) Translation Publishing World Digital Library Jason Yasner WDL Operations Manager

20 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library

21 OSI | WEB SERVICES WDL 2 Workflow World Digital Library

22 OSI | WEB SERVICES Content Workflow: Transfer Transfer to landing zone server Malware & virus scans Bag & tag Inventory Transfer to tape backup Transfer to work zone server Reconcile records & media Cursory vetting for obvious problems Missing media files Missing data files/records Corruption issues Cataloging/Translation derivatives Starter kit prep - item level tracking Load to catalog or pre-translation Content Workflow: Triage World Digital Library

23 OSI | WEB SERVICES Content Workflow: Object Building Quality review Media adjustments as needed (cropping, etc.) Color management/sRGB conversion Create master reference image Object building WDL directory structure Add image header information Handle registration Reference image derivatives PDFs Content Workflow: Validation Run script that checks for missing parts & server permissions issues Final media validation (JHOVE based tool) Link items to dev team server area Update inventory system World Digital Library

24 OSI | WEB SERVICES Description Process WDL Description team: Professors, scholars, researchers, and other field experts Editors Description Coordinator Partner Reviewers Function: To produce a summary that explains each item and highlights its significance To illuminate the material in a way that is accurate, succinct, and engaging, working with information provided by partners, subject specialists, and other authoritative resources Process: Pre-description: determine and execute the appropriate course of action for the writing and editing processes, i.e.: –how to improve existing descriptions provided by partners –pinpoint the appropriate expert to write descriptions, if they are not provided Writing: supplement pre-existing descriptions or produce original ones Editing: substantive edit and copy-edit Partner Review: evaluation of WDL-edited descriptions by partner institution Finalizing: final approval before description is sent to Metadata team World Digital Library

25 OSI | WEB SERVICES Metadata Process Original metadata creation Edit English title, read and check the description Find or verify names in VIAF Verify publication date and language used in the material Verify place names in TGN Assign appropriate topics and additional subjects Clean Notes and Physical Description fields Add collection title if needed Metadata review Review each field to make sure there are no errors Verify the names, DDC, and subjects, etc. Batch metadata creation Analyze metadata to develop strategy and workflow Create metadata mapping and decide output format Create or/and verify generic information, names, places, DDC, and subjects, etc. Develop and create macros and scripts Process metadata in batch using various tools Final review of the metadata in Metadata Management App World Digital Library

26 OSI | WEB SERVICES Translation and Language Management Linguistic team Three translation vendors who share our six languages (FR, ES, PT, AR, RU, ZH) One reviewer per language Translation process Pre-translation when content is submitted to us in a language other than English Translation into six languages, using translation management systems such as CAT tools In-context review and quality control on our staging website Related work Terminology and style management (glossaries and style guides) Query management (direct access to content writers and subject matter experts) Feedback loop management between subject matter experts, translators and reviewers World Digital Library

27 OSI | WEB SERVICES Development Process Ongoing supportive role of entire production process Ongoing maintenance and scaling of website Building tools for content and metadata management Troubleshooting World Digital Library

28 OSI | WEB SERVICES Workflow for Content and Metadata Preparation World Digital Library Your metadata runs the display! Sandy Bostian WDL Content Manager

29 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES Metadata Preparation: Identifiers (IDs) WDL Identifier Record Identifier Digital Identifier World Digital Library

30 OSI | WEB SERVICES Metadata Preparation: Title Information Original Title Original Title Language Title vs. Work English Title (if available) World Digital Library

31 OSI | WEB SERVICES Metadata Preparation: Contributors Contributor Name Birth/Death Dates (if known) Role Author Scribe/Copyist Calligrapher Photographer Editor/Compiler Architect World Digital Library

32 OSI | WEB SERVICES Metadata Preparation: Publication Info Date Created Start End Created vs. Copied CE and/or Hijri Publisher Place of Publication World Digital Library

33 OSI | WEB SERVICES Metadata Preparation: Subjects Place Hierarchical Controlled Vocabularies Time Publication vs. Subject Time CE and/or Hijri Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) Additional Subjects (keywords) World Digital Library

34 OSI | WEB SERVICES Metadata Preparation: Type of Item Controlled Vocabulary Books Journals Manuscripts Maps Motion Pictures Newspapers Prints, Photographs Sound Recordings World Digital Library

35 OSI | WEB SERVICES Metadata Preparation: Descriptions Description/Abstract Physical Description Notes Language World Digital Library

36 OSI | WEB SERVICES Metadata Preparation: Additional Info Collection Series Institution URL World Digital Library

37 OSI | WEB SERVICES Image Files: Digitization and Preparation World Digital Library Chris Masciangelo WDL Digital Conversion Specialist

38 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES Agenda Technology Hardware Software Pre-capture Set Up Information Capture / Scanning File Formats Storage Quality Review / Post Processing Problems Audio and Video Other Considerations World Digital Library

39 OSI | WEB SERVICES Technology Hardware - Flatbed scanner - Overhead/Planetary scanner - V-shaped book scanner - Large Format scanning system - Monitor - Computer World Digital Library

40 OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Hardware Flatbed Scanners

41 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Hardware Overhead/Planetary Scanners

42 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Hardware V-shaped Book Scanners - Manual [Atiz BookDrive Pro]Atiz BookDrive Pro - Automatic [Kirtas KABIS III]Kirtas KABIS III

43 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Hardware Large Format Scanning System

44 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Hardware Large Format Scanning System - Camera - Digital Back - Lighting - Platform/Easel

45 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Hardware Monitor - CRT - LCD Calibration – colorimeter / spectrophotometer

46 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Software Computer/Operating System - Windows - Mac

47 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Software Scanning software/driver Image Editing software - Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite - Adobe Bridge - Adobe Photoshop Elements - Capture One Image Validation software [JHOVE] Image Metadata Editing [ExifTool]

48 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Pre-capture Set Up Examine materials to be scanned for issues/problems Identify balance between adequate informational capture and quality, physical item size, file format and compression, resolution and bit depth, and master file size Ensure equipment is properly focused, has capture profile set (including no auto-sharpening), and that the monitor is calibrated Ensure proper and equal distribution of lighting Good practice to shoot with a commercial color bar or grayscale

49 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Pre-capture Set Up Risks during imaging - Physical damage - Exposure to light - Exposure to heat - Disassociation

50 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Information Capture / Scanning Targets, color bars, and grayscales

51 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Information Capture / Scanning Bit Depth [informational and artifactual value]

52 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Information Capture / Scanning Color Modes - RGB [red, green, blue] - CMYK [cyan, magenta, yellow, key (black)]

53 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Information Capture / Scanning Color Space and Profile - sRGB sRGB is the only appropriate choice for images uploaded to the web since most web browsers don't support any color management. - sRGB IEC Adobe RGB (1998) Adobe RGB images that are uploaded to websites without conversion to sRGB will generally appear dark and muted. - Grayscale - Gray Gamma 2.2

54 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Information Capture / Scanning Resolution [PPI/DPI] ppi (slides) ppi (archival) - 72/96 ppi (on screen/download) Rule of thumb: Longest side of the image should be 3000 pixels 4 inch x 5 inch 600 ppi = 2400 x 3000 pixels File size = (width pixels x height pixels x bit depth)/8 (2400 x 3000 x 24)/8 = 21,600,000 bytes or 20.6 MB

55 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library File Formats Master [archival] - RAW - TIF - JPEG2000 Access [derivatives] - JPG - PNG - PDF Compression - LZW - JPEG ZIP

56 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Storage Media - CD - DVD - Hard Drive - Tape - Cloud Backups Issues - Capacity - Transfer errors - Bit rot - Sustainability, obsolescence, data migration

57 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Quality Review / Post-Processing Identify digital issues Image validation Color correction Sharpening

58 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Noise Artifacting Vignetting Chromatic aberration Over-sharpening Depth of field Color reproduction Lens distortion Clipping - Overexposure / Underexposure

59 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Noise

60 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Artifacting

61 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Vignetting

62 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Chromatic aberration

63 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Over-sharpening

64 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Depth of Field

65 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Color Reproduction

66 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Lens Distortion

67 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Problems Clipping - Overexposure / Underexposure

68 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Audio and Video The format should be publicly and openly documented. The format is not proprietary. The format is in widespread use. The format can be opened, read, and accessed using readily-available tools. WAV or AIFF files [uncompressed] MP4 or MOV

69 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES World Digital Library Other Considerations Copyright Funding Staffing

70 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES Expert Descriptions: Nominal Process for Review and Evaluating Quality Question: What is an Expert Description on the WDL? Answer: It is a summary that explains each item and highlights its significance. It illuminates the material in a way that is accurate, succinct, and engaging. It is developed by working with information provided by partners, subject specialists, and other authoritative resources. World Digital Library Jason Yasner WDL Operations Manager

71 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES Expert Descriptions: Nominal Process 1. Do we have adequate information from the partner, both metadata and what the partner has provided as descriptions, to produce the descriptions we need for the WDL? Does the description answer the following questions: What is this object and why does it matter? World Digital Library

72 OSI | WEB SERVICES Expert Descriptions: Nominal Process 2. If the initial description (and metadata) are inadequate to create a usable WDL description, is there additional information on the Partner Institutions Web site directly linked to this item that could be used to do so? This may not be initially known because there may be different people involved in creating the metadata than were involved in creating these sites. World Digital Library

73 OSI | WEB SERVICES Expert Descriptions: Nominal Process 3. If the answers to 1 and 2 both turn out to be no, i.e., the Partner Institution does not have a description that can be used, is there an existing, authoritative source (online or in hard copy) that contains a usable description for the item or items in question, or the raw material to create such a description? Description writers need to remember that they are dealing with digitized versions of real objects, many rare and unique. Description writers are trying to highlight the significance of these objects and provide context. They shouldnt write just about the objects (as in the bibliographic literature) or just about the context (as in general sources such as Wikipedia), but must do a bit of both, relating one to the other. World Digital Library

74 OSI | WEB SERVICES Expert Descriptions: Nominal Process 4. If the answers to 1, 2, and 3 are all no, we have no alternative but to produce a new description from scratch. This can either be done by going back to the Partner Institution and asking them to produce a new description, or, if for some reason the partner cannot produce a description (it may not have available staff or language expertise, for example) to engage WDL staff and expert contractors to do the description and then run by the partner for comment/approval. Examples of research strategies used by WDL. World Digital Library

75 OSI | WEB SERVICES Discussion on Expert Descriptions based on Arab Heritage Resources Mr. Mohammed Hammam Fikri Senior Heritage Specialist Cultural Advisor Office, Qatar Foundation World Digital Library

76 OSI | WEB SERVICES Image Files: Transfer Live Demo World Digital Library Sandy Bostian WDL Content Manager

77 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES Discussion: Increasing the Usage of WDL in the Arab World How do we promote WDL to users in the Arab World? What can your institution do to support this? How do we recruit more institutions to join WDL? Other ideas? World Digital Library

78 OSI | WEB SERVICES SUMMARY World Digital Library Jason Yasner WDL Operations Manager

79 World Digital Library OSI | WEB SERVICES Overview of WDL Production Process Content Selection Content Transfer Content Processing Cataloging (consistent metadata, descriptions) Translation Publishing World Digital Library

80 OSI | WEB SERVICES January 2011: 1,350 items online Comprising 98,278 images November 14, 2011 (Partner Meeting): 4,049 items Comprising approx. 212,000 images 200% increase since January 1, 2011 End of 2011: 4,550 items 237% increase since January 1, 2011 Early 2012: Expected approx. 6,000 items Satisfy medium-term goal in WDL Business Plan 344% increase since January 1, 2011 New Developments World Digital Library

81 OSI | WEB SERVICES New Metadata Management Application Code-named Cupcake Improved metadata creation and maintenance Currently, also supports Translation and Quality Review processes WDL 2 Overhaul of code for better management and optimization Into the cloud… Better user experience worldwide Continuous Process Improvement Project Management, standards and best practices Efficiency, reliability, and timeliness Opportunities for Technical Staff World Digital Library

82 OSI | WEB SERVICES Increase Partner Collaboration Enable more Self-Service via online tools to: Increase online content transfers Track transfers with inventory integration Improve content processing and validation Allow Partner access and review of descriptions, metadata, and translations Get more people in the process where needed Improve Detailed Standards and Guidelines Content guidelines (digitization, file-naming, object structure) Metadata guidelines (mapping from MARC, MODS, Dublin Core) Improve Integration with Authority Files Metadata controlled vocabularies, authority files Translation controlled vocabularies, authority files Improve Communication and Collaboration World Digital Library

83 OSI | WEB SERVICES Improve User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) WDL 2 is a starting point Richer user interface and experience Full-Text Search (FTS) Enhanced Web 2.0 Sharing features Capacity Building Continue support of digitization centers in Egypt, Uganda, and Iraq Plan meetings and training workshops Use this workshop in Doha, Qatar, as a Please follow Improve Communication and Collaboration World Digital Library

84 OSI | WEB SERVICES Sandy Bostian, WDL Content Manager Chris Masciangelo, WDL Digital Conversion Specialist Ted Waddelow, U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Univ. of Bahrain Jason Yasner, WDL Operations Manager Contact Information World Digital Library

85 OSI | WEB SERVICES Thank you! World Digital Library


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