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Digitization education is one of dLOC's primary goals. To support digitization education, dLOC provides both tools and training. The dLOC Technical and Training teams collaborate, train, and assist all partners. As of 2014, dLOC has provided more than 50 onsite training visits. For more information on the trainings, see the Newsletter.



Every item in dLOC is associated, upon submission into the dLOC repository, with a Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) file that describes descriptive, administrative, and structural information relevant to its display and long-term preservation. dLOC currently utilizes its own dLOC METS extension profile. The preferred descriptive metadata standard in dLOC METS is the MARC-based Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS). dLOC can also accomodate descriptive metadata in simple and qualified Dublin Core, particularly in cases where collections are harvested using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). The dLOC Toolkit also contains a simple, template-based, graphical user interface designed to automatically generate well-formed MODS metadata and METS wrappers from template-based user input.

For more information about creating metadata in dLOC, see the help pages or click on the field as you are creating the metadata in the SobekCM METS Editor software or self submittal tool, or contact us.

Digital Preservation: Preserving Caribbean Heritage

In addition to its mission of providing scholars with open access to rare Caribbean resources, dLOC is also dedicated to the long-term digital preservation of all materials hosted in its collections. The present need for such action in the Caribbean is urgent, especially in consideration of the region's volatile climate, which renders a more traditional approach to preservation a daunting challenge for even the finest archives and repositories.

To best assure continued access to at-risk materials, dLOC has formed a partnership with the University of Florida and the Florida Digital Archive (FDA) to redundantly back-up the entire dLOC collection in a robust, standards-compliant preservation software architecture based on the Open Archival Information System Reference (OAIS) Model.

Permissions: Rights & Responsibilities

In addition to digitizing materials following preservation standards, dLOC further supports preservation and access by ensuring that all applicable rights are respected and supported by seeking Internet distribution permissions as needed. Internet distribution permissions can be required for cultural and documentary heritage rights, privacy rights, and copyright.

Copyright is a property right that seeks to balance the rights of the creator with the rights of the global society. Copyright is but one of many rights and responsibilities that must be considered when digitizing materials. Digitization makes use of new and emerging technologies, technologies whose use may not yet have applicable laws supporting their use for the gobal public good. dLOC observes whichever copyright law affords the greatest protections: either the laws of the partner institution's home country or the laws of the country of origin.

dLOC partners frequently work with publishers and copyright owners to request permissions. Copyright owners can also grant permissions and request that their materials be archived by contacting the dLOC Coordinator.

The template for permissions requests and grants of permissions are below:

In order to digitize borrowed materials, as is often the case with newspapers, access to the physical copies and permissions from the copyright holders are required. These are the letters defining usage for borrowed newspapers: