May 6, 2009

Digital Preservation Animation

Digital Preservation Europe has released training videos related to metadata and archiving. The video we have linked entitled Digital Preservation and Nuclear Disaster: An Animation, while a fictitious scenario, tells the tale of what happens to data over time. These are not your normal "boring" training videos but funny animations. School House Rock! meets digital preservation.

To learn more about DPE or to access the suite of preservation resources and tools, please go to

May 2, 2009

Google scanning technology

Many of us have been wondering how does Google scanning technology work and what occurs behind the "curtain". Check this article out and get some answers to the many questions that Google's book scanning project brought up.

April 15, 2009

Blist as a collaborative database tool

I have been hunting all week for an online database tool that allows for collaboration both in the database building and populating and was coming up dry until popped up.

This may be of interest to groups and collections looking for a quick collaborative database tool, you can also create forms to plug into your web pages.

Upon first impressions blist appears to be a great tool for simple web based databases (albeit flat). it builds like FileMaker where you can drag and drop fields into the table or form. You can also add on all sorts of tools and widgets, there are quite a few help videos to assist from start to finish.

Blist also exports, which is a huge bonus and one of the current issues with cataloging into a wiki (although I think wikis are fantastic collaborative tools).

People can also share templates once created which will be a huge bonus to the cultural heritage community if a VRA Core template is released.


April 9, 2009


Cooliris, formerly Piclens, has been around for some time now but is suddenly gaining momentum. The 3D display of images on a wall is now being adopted by many library collections as a way to not only showcase but search for materials. The power of this tool comes from what can be displayed along with the image (i.e. title, artist, date, description and other related fields). If we can leverage the power of embedded metadata along with Cooliris it will be a new and exciting future for collection search and display tools.

March 26, 2009


I am only linking to resources found while searching, so I can not verify if they are useful or not. If you go through some of the training please post as to what you found helpful or tips and advice. thanks.

Wikipedia, with links to training

HTML Tutorials - XHTML Tutorials on

HTML code tutorial

Another training

Academic Computing Courses at U of MN

Well I could link to specific courses but they would be stale faster than bread left out overnight on the kitchen table.

Here is the link to the courses offered by Academic Computing at the University of Minnesota. Notice the online FREE offerings.

MIT OpenCourseWare

This is one of the most amazing things I have seen in a long time.
MIT courses online!!!

Brush up on your physics or cultural heritage or architecture.... thank you MIT for letting information flow freely.

This is how innovation occurs and we advance as human beings.

Welcome to the CDes DC+A blog

Welcome to the Digital Collections + Archives blog for the College of Design and the University of Minnesota. We will be posting links and resources for the tech nerd in all of us. Some of the areas in future posts will be related to Web 2.0, digital content management, course presentation, and links to new technologies on the horizon that we hope people would like to know about. This is an open forum for information sharing so please respect other people's comments and respond as you would like to be responded to. Thank you and I hope you enjoy the blog.