University of Oregon


Digital Collections

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.

Contribute to the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program.

New Projects Underway (2014-2015)


Systems and Code

Metadata for Digital Collections

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 in Scholars' Bank utilizes Qualified Dublin Core, NDLTD properties, and DataCite properties.

Digital Preservation

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
  • Check-sums
  • 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

Digital Collections over Time

Major Milestones

Digital Collections Growth

number of items in digital collections from 2007 to 2014

  • Events

Created by kmoss on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Jul 20, 2015
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