Enhancing Digital Asset Management
Islandora is an open source digital asset management system that preserves, manages, and showcases your institution’s unique material through an online archives.
When it comes to preserving your resources, you can’t afford to take risks. What happens when paper becomes unreadable, or audio and video content becomes inaccessible as devices become obsolete? What if all your digital content is scattered in multiple locations and under the control of too many people? What if you can’t find critical documents when needed? Solve these problems with an online archives from PALS using Islandora that provides easy access to your unique resources and preserves them for future use.
Start small. When you first start digitizing material, look for a high value, high impact collection such as an alumni newsletter, a set of yearbooks, or photographs that can be shared easily. This can be an optimal way to gain key administrative support and possible funds that can move you forward with a digital repository initiative. Southwest Minnesota State University did this by loading their alumni newsletter which resulted in funding and a successful partnership with the Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation.
The Islandora digital asset management solution supports multiple types including photographs, audio files, streaming video, newspapers, yearbooks, publications, oral histories, course catalogs, open educational resources and more. It is also possible to load and store Microsoft® Word documents, Microsoft® PowerPoint presentations, Microsoft® Excel databases, .zip files, Microsoft® Access files and others.
Get started exploring a digital archives now. PALS offers a free demonstration repository for those interested in exploring Islandora as their solution. We can help load a small number of materials onto the demonstration site so you can learn what it is like to use Islandora for digital archives. Then you can share this material to build support.
Visit the Islandora Sandbox provided by the Islandora Foundation and load a demonstration site to see how Islandora can work for you. The demonstration environment illustrates the basic functionality of Islandora’s latest releases, and is accessible for both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. Resources loaded on this sandbox are automatically erased overnight.