[Digitalarchivists] Dispatch

Alex Buie alex.buie at frozenfeline.net
Tue Oct 29 06:19:41 UTC 2013

Hey there,

I'm part of the collections group at archive.org, and am super interested
in this project. You can see an example of the output of our scanning
workflow in the orig_jp2.tar in this item [1]

I've forwarded your questions on to someone in the books group, to at least
get an answer and also with an invitation to jump in if they so desire;
otherwise, I'm happy being your point of question/contact :)

(abuie at archive.org if you want to check my authenticity, haha)

[1] https://ia801002.us.archive.org/5/items/literaryinfluenc00cook/

On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 8:50 PM, <crw at crw.io> wrote:

> On 10/28, newmy51 at gmail.com wrote:
> > Has anyone spoken up yet at a meeting about establishing a fixed
> location for the scanner?
> Not at a meeting, no, but we've made contact and come to an agreement
> with the folks using the dark room. The shelving inside will be
> re-arranged, and we'll get the far left corner of the room for the
> scanner. We've taken measurements and it should just fit. It probably
> won't be comfortable, but it'll be a home for the unit. I'll also note
> that we probably won't have a lot of room for a standard form-factor
> computer and monitor. We should think about pooling some resources to
> source a raspberry pi or bugging the IA for one.
> > Any word from IA?
> No, but I didn't know we were expecting to hear from them. Do we have
> a point of contact that I can send questions to? Off the top of my
> head, I've got the following questions/concerns:
> Is there a standard image format we want to use? JPG vs. RAW vs.
> whatever?
> Is there a standard for encoding information about the book in the
> image's EXIF data? x-isbn or x-book-title or x-book-author or
> something similar?
> It looks like IA has a JSON API, but at first glance it looks like
> it's for reading data that's already there, not for uploading new
> stuff. Am I missing something? The same question applies to
> interacting with the new Open Library.
> Is there a best practices guide that already has all this information
> that I just don't know about yet?
> At this Thursday's meeting we'll be putting the scanner back together
> and refining our shell script with niceties like auto-detecting the
> cameras, accepting input of book metadata to be including in the EXIF
> data, finalizing filenames to reflect book title and page numbers (is
> there a standard there, too?) and adding an audio cue (probably
> system beep to start, or maybe play a .wav) when the script is ready
> for another button press. We'll also probably start talking about the
> uploading component of the process as well.
> > Back to the mountains...  More soon.
> Enjoy your trip! Stay safe!
> -chris.
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