Using Islandora Digital Repository for developing CUHK ETD Collection
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AbstractPlatform’s feature and functionality always play an important role to facilitate users to retrieve their resources they are looking for. The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library experienced a long journey in the past 6 years from the retrospective digitisation of around 10,000 physical dissertations and the migration from a local developed platform to a standardized Islandora digital repository. This presentation will share our experience and lessons learnt from opening this valuable research collection.

The digitisation project was embarked in 2012. Besides its huge volume that involves more than 1 million images, there are two major enhancements to make them fully accessible and reusable. One is OCR for all English plus Chinese theses at over 94% accuracy. Second is to handle OCR of handwritten Chinese texts that are vertically displayed from top to bottom on a grid sheet. The online platform is another area of concern. Various platforms were evaluated. DSpace and other platforms available at that time were ruled out and it was decided to develop a local platform for catering the special requirements such as the complex CJK search and the performance of handling the huge amount of full text images and text records. The platform was launched in December 2014 and received great success from the University communities.

Yet, looking back 2 years later in 2016, we experienced a lot of limitations with the local platform, all stemmed from its lack of standardization of other open source platforms. This adversely hinders its potential for development and the speed with which it can respond to the fast-changing needs of users. The initial decision was revisited. In fact, we experienced the same problem when we explored the migration of other legacy digital collections into a new platform. We found it necessary to take a new approach to serve our ultimate aims: open access, open source and open scholarship. We decided to implement Islandora as the platform of University’s digital repository to house different digital collections, the ETD is one of the most important one in the migration pipeline.

Redevelopment means a new opportunity to reposition the Library and rethink how to streamline the workflow to make the digital repository into the institutional repository. The Digital Services Librarian and the Head of Research Support and Digital Initiatives have devised new policies and new workflow to handle and prioritize the migration. The new ETD collection that is equipped with more advanced features was migrated to the Digital Repository and launched in summer 2016. It is hoped that researchers can benefit from this migration and enhancement we brought to facilitate the use and reuse of the collection.
All Author(s) ListJeff Liu, Louisa Lam
Name of ConferenceETD2017 Conference
Start Date of Conference07/08/2017
End Date of Conference09/08/2017
Place of ConferenceWashington D.C.
Country/Region of ConferenceUnited States of America
Year2017
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsETD, electronic theses and dissertations; digital repository; digital collection

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