Coming August 11, 2009

Texas Heritage Online

I’m the coordinator of the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. I’m inviting/challenging folks to help me find ways to include more resources in Texas Heritage Online, our federated search tool (, which I’m in the process of redesigning. We use Z39.50 and SRU and OAI-PMH to gather materials, and I do some selective web harvesting for other resources. What else? Custom search, OpenSearch, API mashups — if you help me figure out how to add it in, I’ll do my darnedest to make it work!

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in August 5th, 2009 @ 21:04

While I may not have many technical suggestions, I am intrigued by your federated search tool as well as state/government/organization-formed digital collections that transcend physical boundaries. We may have some things in common…see my post. Thanks!


in August 6th, 2009 @ 11:33

I’d really like to talk with you about going beyond OAI-PMH to pull thumbnails and other content out of the systems you’re mining. I’ve had a few conversations with Doug Kennard about this, and can probably show you some of the work he’s done on this. Maybe we can get together during the hack session?


in August 6th, 2009 @ 14:22

Ben, thumbnails are a recurring problem for all systems, not just OAI. We’re grabbing thumbnails from CONTENTdm installations, but for some others we’re just resizing the originals, which is slow and ugly. Mark Phillips from UNT, who does most of the harvesting for me, developed his own methods of grabbing thumbnails, but I’m always interested in seeing how others are doing things! — Danielle