UO Libraries' digital collections are designed to support the instructional and research needs of the University of Oregon and the citizens of the state of Oregon. Materials in the Libraries' digital collections are carefully selected by collection curators and subject specialists, digitized according to prevailing standards, described in such a way as to facilitate their discovery and use, and preserved so that they will be accessible over the long term.
In 2009, the UO Library Digital Collections partnered with Oregon State University Libraries & Press to create Oregon Digital merging collections from both universities on a shared infrastructure.
- Digitization of the Joel Palmer Papers
- Angelus Studio photographs
- New titles for Oregon Digital Newspapers
- The primary digital collection platform is a Hydra Project, Oregon Digital. All code has been made publicly available on Github:
- The Institutional Repository, Scholars' Bank, and additional digital collections are available on DSpace.
- Historic Oregon Newspapers are available on the open-source solution, LC Newspaper Viewer, developed by the Library of Congress for Chronicling America as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. Code is also on Github:
- The e-Asia Digital Library is hosted on a Drupal site and will be migrating to http://oregondigital.org/ in 2015.
- The Center for Media & Educational Technologies (CMET) manages the Libraries' streaming media server service. Streaming files are showcased on the UO Channel, a Wordpress site.
- Website archive collections are managed through an Archive-It! subscription.
Oregon Digital operates under linked open data principles. Rather than prescribe a specific schema, we believe in description at the appropriate level with properties available in an open world context. Individual templates are created for easy entry for particular collections and groups of items.
- Metadata Dictionary
- Locally Hosted Terms and URIs
- Copyright Statements
- Metadata Principles
- Presentation on Converting Metadata to Linked Data
The University of Oregon Libraries makes a good-faith effort to maintain the viability of digital materials. Practices employed include:
- Multiple copies and back-ups
- Using open file formats when possible
- Retaining multiple file versions and software if needed
- Version control
- Good metadata and file-naming practices
- Off-site backup storage
- Periodic file audits
- Monitoring the technological environment to prepare for file migration for obsolescence
- 1997, the University of Oregon Libraries' first digitization for the e-Asia Digital Library
- 2000, launch of the e-Asia Digital Library
- 2003, the Institutional Repository Group began investigations that would become Scholars' Bank
- 2004, selections from Special Collections & University Archives photograph made available in a digital collection
- 2004, the University of Oregon Libraries participates in the Western Waters Digital Library
- 2005, creation of Local & Regional Document Archive
- 2009, the University of Oregon Libraries and Oregon State University Libraries & Press collaborate to form Oregon Digital
- 2009, the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program begins work on Historic Oregon Newspapers