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About dLOC: Digitization
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Digitization
Digitization education is one of dLOC's primary goals. To support digitization education, dLOC provides both tools and training.
The dLOC Technical and Training teams collaborate, train, and assist all partners. As of September 2009, dLOC has provided
more than 14 onsite training visits.
Tools:
dLOC Software Toolkit
To aid partners with digitzation and content submission, dLOC has created a software Toolkit to streamline local
workflows and facilitate the creation of submission packages conformant to dLOC's technical and metadata
specifications. This freely distributed toolkit includes a local database application, a central tracking application, four
secondary applications, a Metadata Template, a Pre-Quality Control Processor, a Quality Control Application, and the
Go dLOC! FTP client. The dLOC Toolkit was written in C# for use on PCs with Windows 2000, NT, or XP. dLOC
recommends installation on machines with at least 1 GB of RAM for image processing. dLOC makes no warranty or
guarantees for the Toolkit and no support is available for non-members.
dLOC Digitization Manual
The dLOC Training Manual, available in English, Spanish, and French, provides in-depth guidance for digitizing
documents using flatbed and high-speed scanners, descriptions of a suggested digitization workflow, as well as step-by-
step instructions for using the dLOC Toolkit software suite.
Training Videos for Digitization for Preservation
Using a Flatbed Scanner (in dLOC and YouTube)
Metadata
Every item in dLOC is associated, upon submission into the dLOC repository, with a Metadata Encoding and Transmission
Standard (METS) file that describes descriptive, administrative, and structural information relevant to its display and long-term
preservation. dLOC currently utilizes its own dLOC METS extension profile. The preferred descriptive metadata standard in
dLOC METS is the MARC-based Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS). dLOC can also accomodate descriptive
metadata in simple and qualified Dublin Core, particularly in cases where collections are harvested using the Open Archives
Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). The dLOC Toolkit also contains a simple, template-based, graphical
user interface designed to automatically generate well-formed MODS metadata and METS wrappers from template-based user
input.
For more information about creating metadata in dLOC, see the help pages or click on the field as you are creating the
metadata in the dLOC Toolkit or self submittal tool, or contact the metadata committee.
Metadata and Digital Curation, presentation at the Digital Library of the Caribbean Summit, Miami, FL (2009), by Laila Miletic-
Vejzovic: online
Metadata Research and Application in The Management of Digital Collections, Workshop at the Association of Caribbean
University, Research and Institutional Libraries, Santo Domingo, DR (2010), by Mark Sullivan: online; and by Laila Miletic-
Vejzovic: online
Digital Preservation: Preserving Caribbean Heritage
In addition to its mission of providing scholars with open access to rare Caribbean resources, dLOC is also dedicated to the
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