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August 2019 - what's in this newsletter?
Learn:  Migrating a digital collection
from Olive Software to Veridian

Hello friend of Veridian,

This month we explain why several libraries have chosen to migrate their digital collections to Veridian and the 3 step process involved.

Migrating a digital collection from Olive Software to Veridian
In recent years we’ve had enquiries from State, National and University Libraries - looking to migrate their digital collections from Olive Software to the Veridian platform.

Having successfully completed three of these projects, and about to embark on a fourth, we thought it would be helpful to explain the motivation behind them and the process involved.

We hope that libraries considering a similar migration project might be encouraged by the simplicity of the process and the considerable improvements possible for their collections. 

Why make the shift? For the library and its patrons

Veridian caters specifically to libraries, with a focus on those managing large collections of digital newspapers. These special archives require a presentation platform which will evolve to meet the needs of the collection and its user community over time.

We continually add new features to Veridian and maintain close contact with our customers to learn what is needed to best serve their collections. Veridian features such as article segmentation, full text searching, date browsing, crowd sourced OCR correction, and the ability to tag and comment on articles are just a few of the popular additions.

Along with enhanced functionality for users, another key motivator for migration is the benefit to the library. Veridian gives the ability to quickly and easily update new content. Strong features for end-user engagement and proper indexing for Google and major search engines mean busier collections.

Veridian is also built specifically to support digital objects in the METS/ALTO standard. This is well established as the industry standard for newspaper digitization projects. By converting source data from a proprietary format to METS/ALTO, a library is no longer tied to a single vendor. In addition, the quality of the segmentation is greatly improved because the source data is more comprehensive.

In summary, migrating to Veridian can ensure the sustainability of a library’s digital newspaper repository infrastructure, while meeting the needs of both the institution and its patrons.

Until next month, best wishes from the Veridian team - Stefan, Michael, Jeffrey, Andrew, Richard, Pei, Shane and Miriam.
DL Consulting Ltd., Waikato Innovation Park, 1 Melody Ln, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand
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