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Proposed Topics for Research

1) Research the best formats for digital preservation, and document why, as well as methods for migration available.

2) Research methods of migrating older digital documents such as Word and PDF to newer, more migratable formats.

3) Research existing and emerging open source IR (Institutional Repository) software: support required, usability offered, and detail pros and cons.

4) Research existing and emerging open source digital library delivery systems: support required, usability offered, and detail pros and cons.

5) Research existing and emerging methods of creating derivatives, including OCR text, JPEGS and thumbnails: support required, usability offered, and detail pros and cons.

6) Research emerging metadata standards for digital library communities. Compare usage scenarios and strengths and weaknesses.

7) Research existing and proposed methods of preservation of digital library materials. (Topic selected by Elizabeth Della Pella)

8) Research workflows in leading digital libraries; compare and contrast, and make recommendations for an ideal workflow situation.

9) Research file management systems in leading digital libraries; compare and contrast, and make recommendations for an ideal file management process.

10) Research cost-recovery systems in leading digital libraries; assess cost of implementation and success of each.

11) Investigate the practicality and procedures for migrating PDF materials to PDF/A versus to XML with TIFFs. Compare and contrast the two processes and loss of data and functionality.

12) Determine best methods for migrating MS Word and PDF finding aids to EAD 2002 format. Document findings and develop tutorial which includes recommended best practices.

13) Explore how best to create METS records for compound digital objects for which metadata and digital files already exist. Document findings and develop a tutorial which includes recommended best practices.

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