A Small Step for Libraries – A Giant Leap for Mankind
For the last 20 years, archive digitization has become part of the work of librarians. Libraries and museums receive federal funds and assistance from a number of foundations to contribute to large scale preservation of materials resulting in tens of millions digital objects digitized.
Some archives, such as LOC, NARA, NYPL, became a true media hubs providing content for numerous Internet websites and blogs, creating an ecosystem of backlinks, and, as a result, increasing influence, popularity, and operations.
Many, however, failed to benefit from their digitization efforts because the content they created is available online through user interfaces that are not fit for a broader public.
Problems Archives Face When Going Online
The very nature of websites developed to accommodate professional librarian needs, with their multiple search and retrieval features, professional metadata visualization, automatic mapping, complex objects consulting, etc., makes it hard for a non-librarian to navigate. Needless to say that from the average user point of view, not all the archive items are created equal.
None of the existing digital collections management solutions and web interfaces for archives, libraries and museums are designed to work on mobile. Most solutions appear obsolete even on desktops. None embrace a power of social interactions. Most are not fit for nurturing connections with members and sponsors.
GetArchive has identified three key problems with current state of archives online representation:
- Fragmentation: Already digitized content is scattered over the web. Librarian consortiums are addressing this issue. However, a conflict of interests arises as content is not being used to benefit institutions that made the content available to the public.
- High development costs of web solutions capable of handling large archives online. As for mobile applications, there are no solutions available for the libraries as of 2016.
- Bad user experience: The Internet is changing rapidly. As a result, web solutions, both proprietary and open source built for archives are getting obsolete. Only a small fraction of online digital collections can be used as examples of good user experience (from non-librarian perspective).
GetArchive’s focus is on solving problems with a dissemination of already digitized content to the broader public. Our goal is to make the reaches of world’s libraries, archives, and museums available to librarians, researchers and public all around the world.
GetArchive’s mission is to develop an open publishing platform, cloud storage, API, a set of the web and mobile tools for archives, libraries, museums, galleries and alike, so they can easily manage, publish and distribute, media objects such as images, books, videos, sounds and connect with their members, sponsors, customers, affiliates, and public.
- GetArchive develops, supports and maintains the open platform that is built to handle all types of human expression.
- GetArchive publishing platform makes it easy to create, publish and share large digital collections online and on mobile.
- GetArchive provides all necessary tools for bringing a broad range of media online: digitized images, scanned books, manuscripts, sound and video recordings.