Friday, October 28, 2005

NYLA: Going Digital

Carole Ann Fabian (University of Buffalo) and Paul Spaeth (St. Bonaventure College) spoke about their digitization projects. Fabian talked about the UBdigit project, which I've mentioned before. Spaeth talked about a collection of Franciscan engravings and woodcuts that they indexed and are now digitizing. The project at St. Bonaventure is much smaller, with more limited resources. The content, though, shows off a collection that is world-class.

One phrase that Fabian said stood out to me. She said that when considering a collection to digitize, one must ask:
What does this project add to the general knowledge of the world?
A good question, indeed.

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