Volunteering: Methods analysis and digital library research


Volunteer opportunity regarding methods analysis and digital library research

1. Researching ways to attract volunteers to make possible more frequent updating of Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) Catalogues.

2. Researching other volunteer-supported organizers of knowledge such as Wikipedia for useful insights into refining and making more productive TFAO's text conversion Special Projects.

3. Analyzing methods, ranking systems, and human assets deployment regarding selection and processing of "out of copyright, out of print," "in copyright and in print" and "in copyright and out of print" texts (in the context of obtaining permissions from copyright holders). Concerning digitization of copyrighted analog content, the TFAO Digital Library employs an "opt in" model as opposed to the Google Print "opt out" model. The Acquisition and deselection of content section of The TFAO Digital Library contains insight on the process. The Methods and costs section contains information on costs of digitization by TFAO and other organizations.

4. Researching options regarding outsourcing of digitization processes to allow for accelerated growth of the collection plus researching current and upcoming initiatives to facilitate optimal allocation of TFAO resources -- and to avoid redundancy. Digitization projects are expanding at a rapid pace. Google Print, Project Gutenberg, and commercial publisher projects are examples. The timing and scope of these and similar projects will influence the direction of TFAO's digitization program and will provide expanded cataloging opportunities for the TFAO Digital Library.

5. Researching text digitization programs of organizations within the Art Museum, Gallery and Art Center and Academies, Associations, Ateliers and Societies indexes to obtain information on organizations' digitization goals, scope of operations, timing and procedures. Research findings will provide to TFAO insight on further options for text digitization processes. The findings will also provide resources useful to museums within the Digital Libraries for Museums section of Digital libraries. Additionally, this research may lead to refinement of the TFAO grant program to financially assist nonprofit organizations in the digitization of their scholarly texts. For information on the grant program please click here.

6. Researching and documenting processes, costs and relative benefits of methods and sources for online audio and online video production, digitization and streaming.


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