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==Digitization Setups==
 
==Digitization Setups==
  
The [[Overhead_scanning | Overhead]] was a Better Light digital back scanning system. It was essentially a digital camera that operated like a scanner, moving from side to side to capture an item. It was in room 216. It was a bit persnickety about focus. It had no live view, just a screen where you could see a preview scan. It was faster than the flatbed scanners but nothing as fast as a digital camera capture system. If you need to locate images done with that machine, an easy place to look is at the Woodward diaries.
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The [[Overhead_scanning | Overhead (or Scanback)]] was a Better Light digital back scanning system. It was essentially a digital camera that operated like a scanner, moving from side to side to capture an item. It was in room 216. It was a bit persnickety about focus. It had no live view, just a screen where you could see a preview scan. It was faster than the flatbed scanners but nothing as fast as a digital camera capture system. If you need to locate images done with that machine, an easy place to look is at the Woodward diaries.
  
 
The [[Bookdrive]] was an Atiz product, using two digital cameras pointed at two sides of a v-shaped book cradle.  The cameras we used on that station were Canon EOS 5Ds. It had serious focus problems. We re-structured it so that it shot things against the capture bed just like our other mounted-camera systems. The lighting was torturous that way. For these reasons, we stopped using the setup. Also, the Canon EOS 5D was a Mark I, which wasn't compatible with EOS Utility, which we use as our live-view capture interface (see [[Cameras]].
 
The [[Bookdrive]] was an Atiz product, using two digital cameras pointed at two sides of a v-shaped book cradle.  The cameras we used on that station were Canon EOS 5Ds. It had serious focus problems. We re-structured it so that it shot things against the capture bed just like our other mounted-camera systems. The lighting was torturous that way. For these reasons, we stopped using the setup. Also, the Canon EOS 5D was a Mark I, which wasn't compatible with EOS Utility, which we use as our live-view capture interface (see [[Cameras]].
  
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The [[CaptureBack_overhead_scanning | Captureback]] was a Phase One P45 digital back camera capture system. It could be a bit flaky, especially with regard to powering off during use. This was partly because it ran on batteries, which was also quite inconvenient. It was used extensively during the Cabaniss grant project.
  
==Problems==
 
  
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==Capture Problems==
  
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The Captureback had a tendency to create thumbnail TIFFs within full-size TIFFs (see [[Discoveries and Challenges]]).
  
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As of Summer 2014, the Canon EOS 6D has a slightly different interface in EOS Utility than the other cameras. It is possible to export smaller TIFFs than normal. If this setting is changed, it must be changed back for regular exports; closing the program and opening it again does not return that setting to default.
  
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The Canon EOS 5D Mk III does not like power failures. After a power outage or unplugging, you'll have to look at the camera's screen and follow directions to make it happy again.
  
==Peculiar Collections==
 
  
*Captured with batch scanner, in black and white: u0008_0000003 (transcripts only)
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==Other Equipment==
*Captured with slide scanner: u0001_2007004
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*Captured with batch feeder attachment to Epson flatbed: u0002_0000002 (some, probably the disbound ones)
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==Documentation==
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==Peculiar Collections/Items==
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Organization
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*Mass digitized: u0003_0000252 (Cabaniss), u0003_0000555 (Gandrud; except items 0000001-0000801), u0003_0000535 (Foster)
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*Outsourced metadata creation: u0008_0000002 (Rohlig, by Mary Alice Fields)
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Capture setup
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*Captured with slide scanner: u0001_2007004 (Smith cotton slides)
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*Captured with batch feeder attachment to Epson flatbed: u0002_0000002 (Corolla; part of collection currently online, probably all the disbound ones)
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*Captured against the light box: u0003_0000555_0000783 - u0003_0000555_0000801 (Gandrud)
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*Captured in on the batch feeder: u0008_0000003 (Working Lives oral history, transcripts only)
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Color
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*Captured in black and white: u0008_0000003 (Working Lives oral history, transcripts only)
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*Captured in color, desaturated to black and white: u0003_0000431 (Dent), u0003_0001577_0023151 - u0003_0001577_0023786 (Woodward)
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Collections split between photos and manuscripts
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* Woodward (u0003_0001577 and u0001_2007010)
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* Perkins (u0003_0001127 and u0001_2007007)
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==Workflow and Documentation Issues==
  
 
We used to keep tracking data in separate files. We switched to integrated tracking data exported to separate files in January 2013. Both files are stored in the archive as .log.txt. The easy way to tell them apart is how many columns they have. Old-school tracking data files have dozens of columns, some to record info about audio. New-form tracking data files have less than 10 columns.
 
We used to keep tracking data in separate files. We switched to integrated tracking data exported to separate files in January 2013. Both files are stored in the archive as .log.txt. The easy way to tell them apart is how many columns they have. Old-school tracking data files have dozens of columns, some to record info about audio. New-form tracking data files have less than 10 columns.
  
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==Unit History==
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*The first head of DS was Doug Boyd, an oral history expert from Kentucky. He left in 2008 to take a professorship at UK. As of 2014, he's the head of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History.
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*We used the CONTENTdm digital library interface in the early days of the program. Mary Alexander
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*Room 214 used to be the office of Marina Klaric. Room 215 used to be the photo workroom.
  
  
 
==Random Info==
 
==Random Info==
  
*Yes, we once took an exacto knife to some surplus copies of old yearbooks. They're probably still back here. Some have been digitized already; others are awaiting the go-ahead to continue the collection.
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*We once took an Exacto knife to some surplus copies of old yearbooks. They're probably still back here. Some have been digitized already; others are awaiting the go-ahead to continue the collection.
 
*Some material is captured against a white background. These are flatbed scans. If it looks dirty, that's because the flatbed lid was. The batch feeder attachment was especially prone to dirty gray tracks.
 
*Some material is captured against a white background. These are flatbed scans. If it looks dirty, that's because the flatbed lid was. The batch feeder attachment was especially prone to dirty gray tracks.

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