21.378 launch of U of Maryland's Digital Repository

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 06:45:59 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 378.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 06:17:32 +0000
         From: Susan Schreibman <sschreib_at_umd.edu>
         Subject: launch of U of Maryland's Digital Repository

The University of Maryland Libraries is delighted to announce the
launch of its digital collections portal at <http://www.lib.umd.edu/digital/ >

This release marks two and a half years of work in the creation of a
repository that serves the teaching and research mission of the
University of Maryland Libraries. Many of the objects are digital
versions from Maryland's Special Collections (such as A Treasury of
World's Fairs Art and Architecture) or are new virtual collections
(The Jim Henson Works). Other collections (such as Films_at_UM) support
the teaching mission of the Libraries. This release also marks the
integration of electronically available finding aids, ArchivesUM,
into the repository architecture, creating a framework for digital
objects to be dynamically discovered from finding aids.

The repository is based on the Fedora platform, uses Lucene for
indexing, and Helix for streaming video. The repository features
almost 2500 digital objects, with new objects added monthly. Object
types currently delivered include full text (both TEI and EAD),
video, and images. Objects can be discovered within a collection
context or via a search across multiple collections. Cross-collection
discovery is achieved through a common metadata scheme and controlled
vocabulary. This metadata scheme also provides for individual
collections to have more granular domain-specific metadata.

We welcome feedback and comments at http://www.lib.umd.edu/digital/contact.jsp

With all best wishes,

Susan Schreibman

Susan Schreibman, PhD
Assistant Dean
Head of Digital Collections and Research
McKeldin Library
University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301 314 0358
Fax: 301 314 9408
Email: sschreib_at_umd.edu
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