The all new York Digital Library

On the 1st March, the Digital Library went live with it’s new interface and a number of new image collections, totalling several thousand images. The interface has been developed as part of the JISC YODL-ING project, as an extensible multimedia search and browse interface. The first iteration contains tabs for searching all resources in the digital library – this searches the dublin core metadata present on everything in YODL. A second tab offers a dedicated image search tab and makes use of the rich VRA data associated with image objects. Collection browsing offers an alternative to searching and image streaming allows users to zoom and pan a high quality image in the browser.

Many of these images are free for public use without any login. York users may login to see full resolution images and to access some additional collections, particularly for History of Art students. The collections themselves include photographs from the Library collections, showing the University throughout it’s near 50 year history, and academic image collections from Nigel Morgan, Jane Hawkes, Amanda Lillie and Helen Hills cover a range of History of Art topics.

In addition, in the background the Digital Library now runs on Linux Ubuntu VM-ware (upgraded from Solaris), on the very latest version of Fedora Commons (3.4.2) with FeSL providing access control, and an upgraded Muradora (1.4) for our submission workflow. Various custom components are included which have been developed by the York team, in particular Nigel Thomas (interface) and Frank Feng (workflow). Special mention also to our partners  Steve Bayliss and Martin Dow at Acuity Unlimited, who have helped troubleshoot some thorny issues whilst also working on prototypes (more on these in future posts).

York Digital Library (YODL) can be found at http://dlib.york.ac.uk/.

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