I contributed a chapter about the Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database project to the new book Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small and Medium-Sized Digitization Projects, just released by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). My contribution, titled “Local People, Local Objects, Local History” describes the genesis of the project as a collaboration between the Chipstone Foundation and the Wisconsin Historical Society. I focus on the specifics of how the digital collection was created–photography standards, metadata fields, etc.–and examine the challenges of bringing together digitally a wide range of collections from across Wisconsin.
My chapter is one of 34 case studies of successful efforts to digitize cultural heritage materials throughout the country. Other contributions come from Columbia, Yale, the American Museum of Natural History, and other leading libraries, museums and archives. The book was edited by Jason Kucsma, emerging technologies manager at METRO and Kwong Bor Ng, associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College, CUNY.
The book is available here as an e-book download or a print version. It will also be available from Amazon beginning in September. In addition, METRO will post chapter excerpts and pdf downloads over the next year on the DITRW blog.
UPDATE: My chapter is now available as a free pdf download via the Digitization in the Real World blog.
–Posted by Emily Pfotenhauer.