MMDP 2021 Annual Meeting: Session 3 Making the Most of Digital Tools for Cultural Heritage
From Sarah Mainville
Presentation 1: Clayton Hayes (Wayne State University) - Essential but unusable: Rehabilitating an aging digital collection
The WSU libraries inherited an image collection with an accompanying access interface of linked PDF maps. I will discuss our efforts using python to extract geolocation data in JSON and PHP to translate to geoJSON for implementation in a LeafletJS-based interface.
Presentation 2: Jonathan Kirkwood (Sloan Museum) - A Union of Compromises: Merging DACS and PastPerfect
The Sloan Museum Archives holds many historical collections on Flint, Genesee County, and the automotive industry. Past descriptive practices keep it something of a hidden gem. The past year saw a successful effort to create an effective, if imperfect, union of compromises between the DACS and PastPerfect, the museum cataloging software used by the Collections Department. This was an iterative process with numerous challenges overcome with theory, practice, and testing to achieve success.
Presentation 3: Ginny Schneider (Wayne State University) - Wayne State University NDSA Family Digital Preservation Project
Digital photographs, emails, and social media capture cherished conversations, gatherings, and memories. Without key digital preservation skills, people risk losing valuable information. Wayne State’s NDSA chapter researched various user-centered digital preservation methods that would be approachable and cost-effective for everyday people. This research was used to develop a website to share valuable insights on how to help families preserve their digital photographs, emails, and social media.