Digitization of Texas Agricultural Experiment Station Documents for Inclusion in the Institutional Repository and World Wide Access
The Bulletin of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station is being digitized, archived in the TxSpace Institutional Repository, and made accessible to a world wide audience. Each page of the original print bulletin is scanned with an OpticBook 3600 book edge scanner and saved as an archival gray scale tagged image file format (TIFF) file at 400 dpi for text pages or 600 dpi for figure or illustration pages. The page images are combined into a PDF document of the pages and optical character recognition generated searchable full text. Dublin Core metadata records are created for each Bulletin and National Agricultural Library Thesaurus subject terms are added to the records. The TIFF files, PDF file, and metadata record for each Bulletin are uploaded to the TxSpace Institutional Repository operated by the Texas A&M University Libraries. In addition to the search functionality of TxSpace the metadata records are harvestable by web crawlers and incorporated in many other web search indexes making them discoverable world wide. This contributed paper will provide details of the digitization, metadata cataloging, and uploading processes.
Contributing institution: Texas A&M University Libraries
Digitization; Institutional repositories