-- Want Results? Access Capture is the Way to Go...FAST
-- Museum Community Adopts Access Capture
-- LUNA: Development Milestones for Personalization and eCommerce
-- Featured LUNA Collections Portal
-- Upcoming Conference Opportunities
-- Letís Talk: Hosting
Want Results? Access Capture is the Way to Go...FAST
Successful institutions are taking control of their own digital destiny. With some of their most fascinating collections unnoticed in small
repositories, forward thinking institutions are targeting these collections for digitization — aiming to deliver content to wider
audiences, raise awareness, and ensure long term viability.
Luna Imaging has partnered with several institutions over the past year to support these initiatives. With our Access Capture and related
conversion services we can deliver complete projects rapidly and inexpensively.
Rapid capture techniques that were originally developed to capture books can be adapted for large photo collections as well. Lunaís collaboration
with the California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) Department of Archives and Special Collections to digitize the photograph collection
of the Long Beach Firefighterís Museum is representative of these projects. Herb Bramley, the Museumís founder and curator says his goals for
usage of the images go way beyond public accessibility. “The digital images will inform our equipment restoration efforts, teach our new
firefighters about their professional heritage, and provide a resource for relatives of firefighters to learn more about their family members
who served in the department. Without Lunaís help in digitizing the materials, none of this would be possible.” Funded by a grant, the project includes 6000 large
format B&W negatives and over 700 B&W prints which were sent to Luna for digitization using area array capture. Our expert digital imaging
technicians are able to cost-effectively produce consistently high quality images despite the inconsistencies inherent in a collection of photographs that have been
shot over several decades by various photographers using multiple film stocks.
Upon completion of digitization, the materials will be returned to CSUDH, where Greg Williams, Director of Archives and Special Collections, says he is “thrilled to be able to store the
Firefighterís Museum Collection and very happy to have been chosen to help preserve this important archive.”
Museum Community Adopts Access Capture Delivery
Luna Imaging joined the museum community in Portland for the Museum Computer Network conference in November where experts from
leading museums discussed how and why they, too, have recently adopted Access Capture as a solution for digitizing their image collections. The speed of area-array capture
enables museums to quickly digitize collections and satisfy audience demand for access. Because it is faster and much less expensive,
area array capture often removes project barriers such as a time consuming selection process (digitize everything!) or whether to go
with grayscale or RGB (the capture cost is the same).
Even before this relatively recent adoption of Access Capture, we worked hard to perfect this process and are happy to have predicted
correctly that this would become the standard for cultural heritage institutions. So if you need to digitize your collection quickly and
affordably, we're ready.
LUNA: Development Milestones for Personalization and eCommerce
The Insight + LUNA v6.0 release revolutionized digital collections with the introduction of the new LUNA browser and
in subsequent releases we have continued to add features and functionality in LUNA. The 6.2.1 release in September included My Uploads and Annotations, features that allow audiences to use and personalize
collections in ways never before possible.
Our 6.2.2 release, scheduled for this month, includes new features our clients have requested. Institutions interested in
monetizing their collections can now opt to include a “Buy” button in the Detail View to effortlessly link each item in the collection to
eCommerce sites such as Pictopia. Institutions can also offer users a selection of file sizes for download (may be permissions based) to facilitate productivity and creativity.
Learn more about recent releases.
We encourage you to explore LUNA firsthand at LUNAcommons.org.
Featured LUNA Collection: Cornell University's LUNA Collections Portal Illustrates the Potential
Collections in Insight can be built for public, private, or shared access. Insight collections published to LUNA are fully
optimized for web search engines and distribution-ready for the new LUNA Commons, thereby providing access to thousand of end users who may not
otherwise know about your collections. Collections available through the LUNA Commons can also be available through your institutional license.
This way, all of your LUNA collections can be centrally managed for your user community.
We are pleased to highlight how Cornell University represents both Cornell collections as well as LUNA Commons collections in one location
— allowing users to quickly search and discover resources without having to jump from site to site. Visit the
Cornell University LUNA Collections Portal.
Visit Luna at Upcoming Conferences
Our 2009 conference season just concluded with Educause in Denver and MCN in Portland. The 2010 season begins with
the Mid-Winter ALA meeting scheduled for January 15-18 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Please visit us in Booth 2047.
Let's Talk Hosting
Most institutions are changing the way they think about server architecture and how they provide their IT infrastructure.
Virtualized environments, SaaS (Software as a Service), and cloud computing are all being embraced as reliable, cost-effective alternatives to the
traditional model. If youíre ready to stop spending your time on complex software installations, upgrades and backups, itís time to give us a call.
You could be focusing on building your collections!
If you're interested in SaaS (Software as a Service) or in our web-scale hosting of your Insight + LUNA collections please
or call 1.800.452.LUNA (5862).
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