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Tools

Digital Library Services (DLS) employs the following tools to publish and maintain its digital collections.

Software

Adobe Creative Suite 5: Adobe Systems' Creative Suite is the premier line of graphic design and web development applications. DLS utilizes Photoshop to edit images, Bridge to manage them, and Dreamweaver to create webpages.

BePress: Berkeley Electronic Press was created by scholars to serve scholars. BePress's Digital Commons helps scholars effectively deliver their work to a larger audience through the internet. DLS uses BePress to host theses and dissertations through the Digital Commons.

BodyBuilder: Developed by the University of Pittsburgh, BodyBuilder is an XML application that significantly expedites project workflows by automatically creating TEI body markup from page images.

DLXS: DLS uses software created by the University of Michigan's Digital Library Extension to deliver its collections (text, image, as well as bibliographic and finding aids). DLXS's middleware is free and open source, providing a structure by which digital collections can be delivered.

Fedora Commons: Fedora Commons is a community surrounding the Fedora Repository Project. Under the auspices of the DuraSpace non-profit organization, Fedora (or Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture) creates open source software for managing, preserving, and linking digital content. DLS uses Fedora Commons Repository Software for digital preservation purposes.

LUNA: Luna Imaging Inc. developed Insight software for use in developing digital image collections. DLS uses Luna's software to manage and publish its digital image collections.

MarcEdit: Developed by Terry Reese at the University of Oregon, MarcEdit "provides methods for converting MARC to text, Text to MARC, MARC to XML and MARC to Dublin Core." DLS uses MarcEdit to convert catalog records to XML for online collections, such as the Sheet Music project.

Omeka: Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Omeka is a free, open source web-publishing platform used by numerous libraries, museums, and archives for displaying digital exhibitions and content. DLS uses Omeka to publish digital exhibitions.

oXygen XML Editor: Syncro Soft's oXygen XML Editor is its main product. DLS uses oXygen to mark up texts in XML and to perform XSLT transformations. The Washington University library system purchases an annual oXygen subscription. Through this subscription, oXygen is available for student, staff and faculty home use. oXygen may be downloaded here, from the University's Software Licensing site.

Protégé: Protégé is a free, open source platform useful for working with ontologies. An ontology, according to Protégé, "describes the concepts and relationships that are important in a particular domain, providing a vocabulary for that domain as well as a computerized specification of the meaning of terms used in the vocabulary. Ontologies range from taxonomies and classifications, database schemas, to fully axiomatized theories." DLS uses Protégé to create unique project specific ontologies for use in RDF markup.

Hardware

Atiz Scanners: DLS employs both the Atiz BookDrive DIY and BookDrive Pro scanners to convert analog materials (primarily books) into digital formats. Unlike traditional flatbed scanners, the Atiz scanners use Canon digital SLR cameras and a V-shaped book cradle to rapidly produce high quality images free of distortion, and without damaging the book.

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