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Creating a Searchable Media Archive for Modern Language and Culture: The REALIA Project. Jeff Overholtzer, Washington and Lee University Scott Siddall, Denison University. Introduction. REALIA: Rich Electronic Archive for Language Instruction Anywhere

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Creating a searchable media archive for modern language and culture the realia project

Creating a Searchable Media Archive for Modern Language and Culture: The REALIA Project

Jeff Overholtzer, Washington and Lee UniversityScott Siddall, Denison University


Introduction
Introduction Culture: The REALIA Project

  • REALIA: Rich Electronic Archive for Language Instruction Anywhere

  • Database developed through a collaboration of faculty, librarians and technologists from Global Partners institutions:


Associated colleges of the south
Associated Colleges of the South Culture: The REALIA Project


Acm and glca
ACM and GLCA Culture: The REALIA Project


Rationale
Rationale Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Strong mandate from language faculty

  • Generation of visually-oriented students

  • Authentic materials best promote cultural literacy

  • Serves a multiplicity of student learners: images can serve at all levels of language instruction, in culture courses, in preparation for study abroad programs


Our philosophy
Our Philosophy Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Archive significant images with cultural

    information and pedagogical suggestions

  • Ensure quality through

    peer-review and editorial

    assistance

  • Capture the present while

    preserving the past

  • Free for educational use


Organization
Organization Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Managing Board comprises technologists, librarians, faculty members

  • Language-specific editorial boards

  • Role of ACS Technology Center


Organization1
Organization Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Annual workshops

    • Student-faculty teams

    • Refine metadata, add images

    • Policy-making, planning


Organization2
Organization Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Cataloging workflow:

    • Faculty contributor (or student-faculty team)

      • Photographer, Title, Description, Pedagogical suggestions

    • Librarian

      • Realia type, LC subject, geographic locations, other… complete list


Partnerships and affiliations
Partnerships and affiliations Culture: The REALIA Project

  • MERLOT

    • Ideas, critiques,cross-promotion

    • Federated searching

    • Showcase best practices

  • ARTstor

    • Part of pilot project

  • OAIster

    • Part of this meta-collection


Technology and standards
Technology and standards Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Software: CONTENTdm

    • server at ACS Tech Center

  • Metadata: Standards-based structure

    • Fields mapped to Dublin Core

    • Use of LC Subject Headings

    • OAI metadata harvesting

    • XML export of metadata


Demonstration of web site and database
Demonstration of web site and database Culture: The REALIA Project

www.realiaproject.org

  • Browse by language, simple or complex search, compound objects (multiple views), thematic groupings for searching, showcase contributor collections; teaching tools including comparisons, creating personal, downloadable collection

  • Demo 1

  • Demo 2

  • Demo 3

New image here…


Technologies behind realia
Technologies behind REALIA Culture: The REALIA Project

  • System selection

    • Proprietary, homegrown, open source, partnerships

    • Centralized versus desktop

  • Requirements

    • Metadata flexibility

    • Avoid data lock-in

    • Distributed management with approval queue

    • Open standards

    • Support and continued R & D


Digital asset management marketplace
Digital Asset Management Marketplace Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Scope and size of DAM market

    • $1.5-3.0 billion annually; $320 million in profits

    • 600+ vendors with 1,200+ applications

    • Ripe for consolidation

  • The Commercial Players

    • Artesia (publishing)

    • Canto (desktop to small workgroup)

    • eMotion (broadcast)

    • MediaBin by Interwoven (corporate)

    • North Plains ‘Telescope’ (publishing)

    • Webware (corporate)

    • IBM and Stellent (corporate)

    • Extensis (desktop to small workgroup)


Digital asset management in higher ed
Digital asset management in higher ed Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Auto-Graphics Digital Asset Management

  • CONTENTdm

  • Documentum DAM

  • Dynix Horizon Digital Library

  • Endeavor ENCompass

  • Ex Libris Digitool

  • Innovative Interfaces Millennium Metasource

  • Luna Imaging Insight

  • SIRSI Hyperion

  • VTLS VITAL


Digital asset management open source
Digital asset management – open source Culture: The REALIA Project

  • FEDORA

    Flexible Extensible Digital Object and Repository Architecture

    Release 1.2.1 released April 20, 2004

  • Digital Library Extension Service

    from the University of Michigan

  • Greenstone

    e.g., Chopin collection at the University of Chicago

  • Madison Digital Image Database

    MDID; v2.0 in July


Technologies behind realia contentdm
Technologies behind REALIA - CONTENTdm Culture: The REALIA Project

http://contentdm.com

Web-based presentation


Technologies behind realia contentdm1
Technologies behind REALIA - CONTENTdm Culture: The REALIA Project

And web-based administration


Technologies behind realia contentdm2
Technologies behind REALIA - CONTENTdm Culture: The REALIA Project


Contentdm export functions
CONTENTdm – export functions Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Thumbnail, service and full resolution images stored in directories in standard image formats


Contentdm export functions1
CONTENTdm – export functions Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Metadata exporting


Contentdm oai harvesting
CONTENTdm – OAI harvesting Culture: The REALIA Project

www.oaister.org


Contentdm support
CONTENTdm – support Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Distributed and supported by OCLC

  • Predictable costs

  • Continued development

    • JPEG2000

    • PowerPoint plug-in

    • Community open source developments


Contentdm and open source
CONTENTdm and open source Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Proprietary software + open standards has led to an open source community

    • Controlled vocabulary analyzer

    • Importable Library of Congress Subject Headings

    • E-commerce extension for ordering images

    • RSS feed generator to subscribe to collections

    • Direct linking to objects

    • XML Gateway for federated searching of CONTENTdm collections

    • Feedback tool for commenting/reviewing objects

    • OASIS – a web-based tool for organizing and importing images


Feedback tool
Feedback tool Culture: The REALIA Project

  • A means to solicit comments or review of CONTENTdm images

  • Feedback data sent via email to collection administrators

  • Modified from Oregon State’s e-commerce scripts by Tim Moore (ACS)


Oasis
OASIS Culture: The REALIA Project

  • A substitute for CONTENTdm’s Windows-only image preparation tool

  • PHP and MySQL

  • Developed by staff at

    • The Midwest Instructional Technology Center

    • Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center


Technologies behind realia1
Technologies behind REALIA Culture: The REALIA Project

  • What’s next?

  • Automated metadata

    creation


Technologies behind realia2
Technologies behind REALIA Culture: The REALIA Project

  • What’s next?

  • OCLC E-learning report: make content accessible

  • Open standards, open source

    • Interoperability with other repositories

      Sakai, Open Source Portfolio Initiative, Fedora


What s next
What’s next Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Forming language editorial boards

  • NEH grant


By the numbers
By the numbers Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Involvement in REALIA Project

  • Total images: ~1,000

  • Page accesses: ~2,000/month


How you can be involved
How you can be involved Culture: The REALIA Project

  • Use the resource for teaching; give us feedback

  • Contribute images

  • Consider how we might collaborate if you have complementary resource


Contact information
Contact information Culture: The REALIA Project

  • REALIA Project

    • http://realiaproject.org

    • This presentation: http://siddall.info/talks/educause2004/http://home.wlu.edu/~joverholtzer/educause04/

    • Presenters


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