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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 [[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]].
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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]]. One collection captured on the Bookdrive was the Crimson-Whites.
  
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.
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The [[CaptureBack_overhead_scanning | Captureback]] was a Phase One P45 digital back camera capture system. It used a sort of overcomplicated proprietary software. 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 pretty inconvenient. It was used extensively during the Cabaniss grant project.
  
  
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==Other Equipment==
 
==Other Equipment==
  
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There is no bulb in the back corner light in room 215 because we took it out. The socket is fine.
  
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There is no carpet in room 215's other back corner because there was a bookcase there and apparently someone just carpeted around it.
  
 
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The motorized stand-up/sit-down desks don't like power failures. After a power outage or unplugging, first return the height to base level (22 on the readout) in order to be able to raise it up again.
  
  
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* Woodward (u0003_0001577 and u0001_2007010)
 
* Woodward (u0003_0001577 and u0001_2007010)
 
* Perkins (u0003_0001127 and u0001_2007007)
 
* Perkins (u0003_0001127 and u0001_2007007)
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Photo collections which have match files (not all photo numbers correspond to filenames)
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* u0001_2007010 (Woodward)
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* u0001_2007001 (UA Photos)
  
  
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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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"Optimizing" used to be done by opening and editing .tif files in Photoshop. Jeremiah created several different Actions over a couple of years. These straightened and cropped images. Optimization is now done to raw files in Adobe Camera Raw (built into Bridge/Photoshop), with .CR2 files saved as .tif.
  
  
 
==Unit History==
 
==Unit History==
*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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People
*Room 214 used to be the office of Marina Klaric. Room 215 used to be the photo workroom.
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*The first head of DS was Doug Boyd. He started in late 2006 or early 2007 and left in late 2007 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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*Jeremiah has been around since summer 2007. Kate Matheny was here as a student worker May 2007-August 2010. Nitin  Arora worked as a student worker in the department as early as fall 2007.
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*Jody DeRidder arrived in July or August 2008. In the interim between Doug and Jody, Jeremiah Colonna-Romano worked independently, reporting to former Hoole Curator Clark Center. Jeremiah often consulted with Donnelly Lancaster Walton (manuscripts) and Marina Klaric (audio-visual materials). Kate worked under Donnelly during this period.
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Procedure
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*We used the CONTENTdm digital library interface in the early days of the program. Mary Alexander wrangled and created metadata and handled the upload to the interface.
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*After Jody's restructuring of the archiving and workflow, we did the uploads in DS, by Perl and Python scripts. Metadata was created on the item level by April in Special Collections.
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Space
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*Room 214 used to be the office of Marina Klaric. Room 215 used to be the audio-visual workroom.
  
  
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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.
 
*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.
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*Some material was captured against a white background. These are flatbed scans. If a scan's background looks dirty, that's because the flatbed lid was. The batch feeder attachment was especially prone to dirty gray tracks.
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*Why are the white cloth gloves dirty? Because Marina used to wash them like 100 years ago, but now it's our responsibility, and we forget.
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*What is PBO? Publisher's Bindings Online. DS did not scan this, though we have it in our archive. I believe some of the work was done by students under Jessica Lacher-Feldman in Special Collections.

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