Services

DLTS provides services for:

  • NYU librarians or archivists who have collections they wish to preserve and/or make available online
  • Faculty or NYU Press research or publishing initiatives that make use of standard technologies and workflows, in partnership with the Digital Scholarship Services unit
  • All NYU faculty, through the use of self-service tools such as the Faculty Digital Archive

DLTS services include:

  • Consultation
  • Archival Collection Digitization + Services
  • Repository Services
  • Digital Preservation
  • Digital Content Publication
  • Digital Humanities

Please send email to dlts@nyu.edu with requests or questions.

Consultation

DLTS explores new technologies, workflows, and strategies for managing digital collections, and collaborates with select faculty, partner institutions, government agencies, and private foundations. New or evolved services often emerge from this research activity.

DLTS participates in national and international digital curation, preservation, and infrastructure initiatives, developing and sharing best practices for and with the larger community.

Examples:

Archival Collection Digitization + Services

DLTS provides:

  • Digitization of physical media, including texts, photos, illustrations, maps, and videos
  • Conversion of digital media to file types better suited for long-term preservation

To the extent possible, all digital imaging is done to NYU’s Tier 1 standard, which means that we are able to preserve the look and feel of the original. This is the highest level of preservation.

DLTS provides digitization services in-house for rare and fragile materials from NYU Libraries collections. For circulating materials or certain types of media, we outsource the digitization to a trusted vendor. In this case, we will work with Libraries staff and project partners to identify a funding source for the digitization required.

The digitization process includes quality control of all materials to ensure that they conform to our standards.

DLTS provides development, hosting, and advanced technical support for archivist resources, which include:

  • ArchivesSpace
  • Finding Aids publishing, display, and discovery interface

Repository Services

DLTS provides content storage and access for clients, including faculty, researchers and archival collection managers. Example repositories include the Faculty Digital Archive (FDA) and R-STAR.

Digital Preservation

DLTS offers digital preservation for a variety of materials. Faculty, librarians, and archivists may submit their content for long-term storage, backup, and and future retrieval. Additionally, DLTS provides permanent links for the content, so that it can be cited.

Self-Service Preservation

Full-time NYU faculty may deposit digital materials in the Faculty Digital Archive, NYU’s institutional repository, where it will stored securely and held for the long term. The Faculty Digital Archive is located at archive.nyu.edu.

Full-Service Preservation

DLTS will deposit library collections for long-term preservation on our customers’ behalf. Items will be stored securely and held for the long term. DLTS is committed to migrating the content to other formats when best practices change. At the initiation phase for a project, we work with our project partners to determine resource requirements for preparing their content for long-term preservation.

Digital Content Publication

Those who store their content in the Faculty Digital Archive may use its interface for publication. Content in the FDA can be shared with the public or restricted to selected people.

For other collections, DLTS offers access to digitized items through:

  • A Finding Aid, for archival collections
  • Bobcat, for content with catalog records
  • A standard, templated Web site, if applicable

Additionally, DLTS provides access to the content displayed in our viewing environments, so that they can then be utilized in a Web exhibit or other Web site created elsewhere.

Finding Aids

  • Workflow is initiated through ArchivesSpace
  • Digitized items are accessed through a Finding Aid
  • Each digitized item appears in an appropriate viewing environment

Example: Judson Memorial Church Archive

Bobcat

  • Item metadata is retrieved from Aleph
  • Digitized items are accessed through Bobcat

Example: Interview with Santiago García

Website

  • Item metadata may originate from ArchivesSpace, Aleph, or another source
  • Website design is templated, with options to change logo, colors, introductory text
  • Website consists of home page, search engine, about page, browse function
  • Search engine indexes item metadata only; no OCR
  • Search in other languages available as metadata permits
  • Digital content display varies by media type, utilizing appropriate DLTS viewing environment

Example: Arabic Collections Online

ePub Display

DLTS also offers a viewing environment for ePub files, powered by Readium.

Example: NYU Press Open Access Books

Digital Humanities

DLTS is a partner to the Digital Scholarship Services unit, which provides client service, technical expertise, training, and support for tools and practices that are used by faculty and researchers engaged with digital scholarship and publishing, with a particular focus on the digital humanities.

DLTS supports these efforts through technological support and development for:

  • Infrastructure for digital humanities research and development

 

Last Updated: October 5, 2018