Digitization: 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.
Others, however, failed to benefit from their digitization efforts due to the fact that the content they created was not properly published, and helped others who used it to get sponsor funds and to build for-profit online resources and mobile applications.
What We Do
GetArchive identified three key problems with current state of archives digitization:
- Fragmentation: Already digitized content is scattered over the web. Librarian consortiums are addressing this issue, however, a conflict of interests arise 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 is literally 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.
GetArchive focuses on solving those three problems facilitating 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 researchers and public all around the world.
GetArchive’s mission is to develop an open publishing platform, cloud media servers, API, a set of the web and mobile applications for archives, libraries, museums and alike, so they can store, organize and digitally distribute media such as images, books, videos, sounds and connect with their members, sponsors, and public.
GetArchive platform makes it easy to create, publish and share large digital collections online and on mobile. GetArchive develops, supports and maintains the publishing platform that is built to handle all types of human expression, from documents and books to images, videos, and sound recordings. GetArchive provides all necessary tools for bringing a broad range of media online: digitized images, scanned books, manuscripts, sound and video recordings.