Scanning large formats : 1861 Map of Korea

by Angie Cope, AGSL The UW Milwaukee Digital Collections hosts the American Geographical Society Library Digital Map Collection featuring nearly 2,000 maps. Everything from everyday local maps to historic treasures are included. One map, the Daedong yeojido or “Territorial Map of the Great East,” was added in 2009. The map was part of a larger purchase by the American Geographical Society (AGS) of New York … Continue reading Scanning large formats : 1861 Map of Korea

All Mod(-ded) Cons: “Modding” the Digitization Unit

While digitization produces a virtual product, the work itself is very much rooted in physical objects – fragile glass plate negatives, oversize and brittle newspaper, art books with multiple perspectives for viewing and reading, old nitrate negatives that don’t lie completely flat…the list goes on. Making a digital object from the physical object is sometimes straightforward – a photographic print is laid on a flatbed … Continue reading All Mod(-ded) Cons: “Modding” the Digitization Unit

Digitizing Milwaukee’s Polonia: the Digital Assembly Line

The Milwaukee Polonia digitization project is an ambitious endeavor – we’re in the midst of digitizing over 25,000 glass plate negatives. This may seem like a daunting task (it is!), but with a well-designed workflow and a few dedicated student employees, nearly 20,000 glass plate negatives – with topics ranging from weddings to taxidermy – have already been digitized in under six months. Our progress … Continue reading Digitizing Milwaukee’s Polonia: the Digital Assembly Line