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Press Release: VTLS, Inc. [June 3, 2009]

The Digital Imaging and Archiving Department at Virginia Tech Creates New Digital Repository to Support Research

Blacksburg, VA – Digital Imaging and Archiving, a unit within Information Technology at Virginia Tech is in the process of implementing VITAL, the institutional repository solution from VTLS. The goal of this new project is to create a university-wide digital research repository that enables a broad range of content owners to digitally archive and collectively publish important collections of research materials by providing a secure mechanism for the delivery and display of those items to other researchers, or learners who seek out authentic sources of significant information.

Scanning for all the repository projects will be provided through the Digital Imaging and Archiving Department and the VITAL system will be used for storage, access, dissemination, and preservation purposes. An initial project involving the Center for Civil War Studies involves Civil War Newspapers spanning the years 1860 to 1865. The department will be ready to accept other project proposals as soon as the Civil War Studies project is completed.

"We chose VITAL because we felt that it meets the immediate needs presented by this project," said Dr. Gary Worley, director of the project. "Students will be able to access the collections independently or in conjunction with specific classes that align with the collections in the repository. Faculty will be able to access both the public level and research levels of the collections for maximum content delivery. Researchers will also benefit by the capability to access these collections for on-line analysis."

The repository project began in March 2009, with basic and technical VITAL training occurring in mid-April. Go-live for the first project is expected to be later this year. Built on Fedora, VITAL is designed to simplify the development of digital object repositories and will provide seamless online search and retrieval of information to the Virginia Tech community as well as the general public.

"The General Public will be able to see examples of the research going on in the university and perform their own searches or investigations" said Worley.

Virginia Tech’s implementation of VITAL will be running on blade servers using RedHat AS5. The server will be managed by the information technology division at Virginia Tech.

About VTLS Inc.

VTLS Inc. www.vtls.com (http://www.vtls.com) , a leading library automation company in business for over 30 years, provides visionary technology in library solutions to a diverse customer base of more than 900 libraries in over 32 countries. Virtua is our premier ILS solution, Visualizer is our facet-based data discovery tool, Fastrac is our RFID technology, and we also provide cutting edge software and services for Digital Libraries with Digital Imaging and VITAL, our Repository Services solution. VTLS is one of the few ISO 9001:2000 quality certified companies within the library industry.


Summary: Digital Imaging and Archiving, a unit within Information Technology at Virginia Tech is in the process of implementing VITAL, the institutional repository solution from VTLS. The goal of this new project is to create a university-wide digital research repository that enables a broad range of content owners to digitally archive and collectively publish important collections of research materials by providing a secure mechanism for the delivery and display of those items to other researchers, or learners who seek out authentic sources of significant information.
Publication Year:2009
Type of Material:Press Release
LanguageEnglish
Date Issued:June 3, 2009
Publisher:VTLS, Inc.
Company:
Company: VTLS, Inc.
Products: VITAL
Subject: System announcements -- installations
Permalink: https://librarytechnology.org/pr/14011/

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