Salve Heritage | About | History | Guidelines
About the Salve Heritage Digital Archives Project
You are visiting the Salve Heritage gallery of Salve Regina University's Digital Archives. This gallery is a set of collections that pertains directly to Salve Regina University's history.
The images shown here have all been obtained from Salve Regina University's Archives collection, housed on the 3rd floor of McKillop Library.
The website is part of a larger project of McKillop Library and the University's Archives which focuses on both digitization of and web access to archived materials. The project will provide information on scanning, creation of metadata, legal issues, grant proposals, etc. The project is also a vehicle for sharing guidelines developed by the project participants, as well as general updates.
History of the Project
The idea for this website began in 2003 with the proposal of the called "Salve Namesake" project. It was originally designed as a practical experiment to digitize existing images from the University's archive, using software tools that were readily available.
The project has been a collaboration of University and Library staff, as well as local and international student interns who have been enrolled in the Library Science programs at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island, and at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
The "Salve Namesake" project was renamed "Salve Heritage", and can presently be found at http://mckillop.salve.edu/heritage/index.cfm.
The Salve Heritage website was designed to digitize and catalog images using software tools that are presented as industry standards and are readily available.
All images presented on this site exist in the University's Archives, and are currently housed there. The Archive is located on the 3rd floor of McKillop Library.
Images were scanned in using current digitization technology; most recently an Epson GT 15000 scanner. All original images were saved as .tif format, 300 dpi resolution. Color images are 24 bit depth. Black and white images are 8 bit grayscale. The medium resolution images and thumbnail images are .jpg format , 72 dpi resolution.
No special image processing software was used to save original images, medium resolution images and thumbnails. The images were scanned without modification or cropping, so as to accurately reflect what is housed in the University archives.
Metadata is encoded using the Dublin Core scheme. The staff cataloguing librarian at McKillop Library helped select elements and qualifiers that would be used for these images. Guidance for this selection came from Dublin Core Metadata Best Practices, published by Western States Digital Standards Group. These practices can be found at http://www.cdpheritage.org/cdp/documents/cdpdcmbp.pdf . Selection of these elements and qualifiers was based on bibliographic record elements that are best suited for display in the HELIN consortium catalog.
This same metadata scheme is used in Salve Regina's "eScholar" project, implemented via BE Press Digital Commons software. (Salve's eScholar repository can be found at http://escholar.salve.edu/ ).
Image Storage and Access
Image and metadata are stored in a Microsoft Access database. Access to the images is executed via a searchable website, housed on the University's web server.
Web pages are written in HTML, with ColdFusion programming code imbedded within each page to dynamically display the images.