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Is There an Afterlife? Virtual Hosting and Internet Access to Microfilm and CD-ROM’s Fiesole 2011 St. Petersburg Robert Lee Director, Online Publishing East View Information Services. Sorry. SEXY. Current, online resources. Current, online resources. Content in legacy media.

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    1. Is There an Afterlife?Virtual Hosting and Internet Access to Microfilm and CD-ROM’sFiesole 2011St. PetersburgRobert LeeDirector, Online PublishingEast View Information Services

    2. Sorry.... SEXY

    3. Current, online resources

    4. Current, online resources Content in legacy media

    5. Stuff that gets used. Stuff that doesn’t get used.

    6. Doesn’t take up space. Stuff that takes up space.

    7. Libraries: Drinking from the Fire Hose

    8. Libraries: Drinking from the Fire Hose BROKE

    9. “Legacy Formats” Parchment Clay Tablets CD-ROM Microfilm Aperture Cards Bibliotecarus Frustratus

    10. microfilm cheap stable lots of it easy to use; but users won’t use it 'lost generation' of gap digital content 'dead end' formats. The “La Brea Tar Pits” of digital content ‘the jukebox’; CD sets, etc. DONGLES not stable (physically, or technically) not necessarily cheap the problems are not uniform technical and physical formats licenses

    11. Digital Migration

    12. Hopefully: “Modern” format Users won’t hate us and will get off our backs Platform independence; equipment independence Users will be happy. My boss and your boss are happy = we are happy. A shining and happy future of mirth and enlightenment ensues..

    13. PublishingModel for Digital Migration Publishers drive selection Publishers drive timeline Has to make economic sense for publisher Skew to “mass” content

    14. But What about Google? [Google] drives selection [Google] drives timeline has to make economic sense for [Google] ???? skews less to “mass” content for users, can be great although skews users expectations may threaten use of published content for libraries: may be welcome, but it cannot be called a strategy longer term?

    15. Migration of CD’s to Online (Re-Publishing) Literally re-make product Rights Publishers drive timeline Has to make economic sense for publisher Skew to “mass” content • new platforms, search mechanisms • sometimes recreating metadata and tagging, requiring human editing • compare metadata, platform for a collection of Legal documents vs. relevant metadata and search logic for a specific manuscript collection • not just a technical effort • Blech! • Who’s gonna • pay for all • this?

    16. Migration of CD’s to Online (Re-Publishing) Literally re-make product Rights Publishers drive timeline Has to make economic sense for publisher Skew to “mass” content For foreign content: language is an issue (OS language, but also human language), adding more complexity and expense

    17. Migration of CD’s to Online Patterns: massive humanities corpora (particularly true in Chinese publishing); seminal content customer has to “buy content again” (although in fact, buying process and features, not content again) some duplication of by multiple vendors public domain content or “high piracy” environment in pirate environment: cost and valuereduced

    18. Alternatives

    19. Virtual Hosting of CD's No need to recreate platform (including specialty tagging of contents, tables, search mechanisms - e.g.) No loss of features of Microfilm can add search and text better ability to “get more” out of same images

    20. no less function no less data no modification of original product respect license protections and obligations of the publication “Digital Hippocrene Oath”

    21. no less function no less data no modification of original product respect license protections and obligations of the publication process is external to the product the environment is what changes “Digital Hippocrene Oath”

    22. Inherently adds new value and function by virtue of the new environment: Ubiquitous access Multi-user access As PC’s evolve and networks get faster, more and more possibilities Extremely cost-effective Film: text layer can be added; metadata and/or full text can now be navigated and searched Platform and device-independent access MACINTOSH Dividends

    23. Microfilm: scanning, OCR platform mounting nothing terribly new here; biggest shift is in cost/speed of scan capability More innovative: emulation of CD, other legacy formats in new model Process

    24. Microfilm conversions: East View ProQuest/UMI Readex (also w/CRL) Newspaperarchive.com CD emulation: East View Crossasia.org (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin) ? Practitioners

    25. Low costs New access to existing investments can also de-accession legacy holdings Just plain more efficient; frees budgets to keep tackling increasing waves of new, current digital content (OK, maybe a tiny bit sexy?) Summary

    26. Спасибо за внимание!

    27. “Digital Microfilm”

    28. “Digital Microfilm”