March 01, 2013

Digital Case redesign

We are currently working on a redesign project for Digital Case which will include upgrades to our digital content management system, as well as interface and UX improvements. Check back for more information and news later this year!

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April 30, 2012

New website features

We have a number of new features on the Digital Case website this spring. We have a consolidated the lefthand side menu and redesigned the homepage. There is also a scrolling feature on both the browse pages and the search results to ease navigation through the digital library. Once you hit the bottom of the results, the page will automatically refresh and pull up more results without having to click through to another webpage. We have also updated our advanced search feature as an icon along the furtherest right side of the search box (the magnifying glass with the plus sign in the middle of the icon). Please explore these new features and do let us know about any questions or concerns.

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November 22, 2010

Securing Content

One of the primary tenets of Digital Case is provide free and open access to it's contents.  While this continues, there are special circumstances where a layer of security is necessary.  There has always been the ability to dark archive content, which essentially makes it "invisible" while still managing the long-term storage of content.  Now Digital Case has the ability to secure content while exposing the metadata and making the item discoverable, yet only providing access to those with a valid Case ID (via Single Sign-On).  This can open the door to a whole new world of content in Digital Case that is for the campus community only.

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July 06, 2010

More Interface Upgrades: Image Display & Keyword Filtering

A recent update to the Digital Case interface has been rolled out, intended to make finding collections, as well as browsing through image collections, easier and more enjoyable.

Image Templates

We just rolled out the new Image layout for the WPA Prints collection, which now shows thumbnail images in a grid view for easy browsing.  In addition, you are now able to modify the view of the collection by changing the sort options and the number of items viewed per page.

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Filter By Keyword

Previously, you were always able to filter a collection by the first letter of the title.  But what if you only knew a word in the title, but didn't know the actual first word.  Now you can filter the collections based on that keyword.  Search still continues to be a great option, but this is a quick and easy way to narrow down an ever-increasing number of collections found in Digital Case.

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April 07, 2010

Citing Sources in Digital Case

Digital Case is already a great online resource for doing research, particularly with it's use of permanent URL's, but it just got a little better.

Digital Case now supports most citation applications, including Zotero, EndNote, Refworks, etc. Zotero is quickly becoming a leader in citation management as a seamless browser plugin that easily integrates with Firefox and works with various other types of online resources, such as the Case Catalog, Amazon, etc.

(Zotero Citations Available when Browsing Objects)

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Digital Case also offers an RIS formatted citation download which can be used with many other citation applications such as EndNote, Refworks, Reference Manager, etc. This all means that you can quickly and easily reference sources in Digital Case with your research.

(Both Zotero & RIS formatted citations available on DatstreamDetail pages.)

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The KSL website has more information on citing sources available here

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February 22, 2010

Digital Case RSS Builder Updated

The RSS Builder in Digital Case has been updated to provide more flexibility with the information you able to receive. In addition to being able to choose a feed representing all objects of Digital Case, as well as from a specific Collection, you can now choose the specific metadata fields to along with your choice of feed. Meaning, you can choose from any number of the Dublin Core fields to add to your feed.

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More information on Dublin Core can be found here.

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February 04, 2010

Streaming Media Now on Digital Case

Digital Case not only stores, disseminates, and preserves the intellectual output of Case Western Reserve University, but has also been working hard to provide an excellent user experience. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to allow users to experience the content directly through the browser, with as few technical hurdles as possible.

The first step was to display images using a flash image viewer which allowed you to zoom in and out of digital images. The second step was to expose digitally encoded books, using TEI, through the Digital Case Book Viewer. The third step was to ramp up the image viewing experience with the 3D Image Wall. We are now excited to announce the ability to stream multimedia files directly from Digital Case.

Users have always had the ability to download these files to their computer and play them separately, but that could often take valuable time. This option remains, however users can now listen to audio or watch video directly in the page, providing a consistent user experience.

When you navigate to a page with audio or video, this is what you will see:

Video:
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Audio:
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Any questions or problems, please contact digitalcase@case.edu.

(Free flash player required)

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Streaming Media Now on Digital Case

Digital Case not only stores, disseminates, and preserves the intellectual output of Case Western Reserve University, but has also been working hard to provide an excellent user experience. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to allow users to experience the content directly through the browser, with as few technical hurdles as possible.

The first step was to display images using a flash image viewer which allowed you to zoom in and out of digital images. The second step was to expose digitally encoded books, using TEI, through the Digital Case Book Viewer. The third step was to ramp up the image viewing experience with the 3D Image Wall. We are now excited to announce the ability to stream multimedia files directly from Digital Case.

Users have always had the ability to download these files to their computer and play them separately, but that could often take valuable time. This option remains, however users can now listen to audio or watch video directly in the page, providing a consistent user experience.

When you navigate to a page with audio or video, this is what you will see:

Video:
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Audio:
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Any questions or problems, please contact digitalcase@case.edu.

(Free flash player required)

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January 24, 2010

More Interface Updates

In our effort to make Digital Case even more user-friendly, some additional interface changes have been made.

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More Interface Updates

In our effort to make Digital Case even more user-friendly, some additional interface changes have been made.

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December 03, 2009

Digital Case Visual Upgrade

You'll notice some changes with Digital Case today. Following the redesign of the KSL website, we have been migrating some of the other Library services to the same look. But rather than stopping there, we've added a couple other enhancements:

And there are more changes to come... Keep your eye on Digital Case.

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Digital Case Visual Upgrade

You'll notice some changes with Digital Case today. Following the redesign of the KSL website, we have been migrating some of the other Library services to the same look. But rather than stopping there, we've added a couple other enhancements:

And there are more changes to come... Keep your eye on Digital Case.

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November 09, 2009

Kathryn Karipides collection

A new collection is available in Digital Case entitled, 'Kathryn Karipides Collection, Photographic series and programs, 1970-1976; 1978-1996'. The collection includes many photographs taken at the performances, as well as digital copies of entire programs from many of these dance events.

The images can be viewed using the Cool Iris feature, which can be accessed by clicking the images tab once you are in the collection, and then click on the Cool Iris button (or by clicking here)

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July 02, 2009

Stecher Collection of Darwiniana

The Robert M. Stecher Collection of Charles Darwin Books and Manuscripts is an outstanding resource for the study of Charles Darwin. It is an excellent example of what a knowledgeable and enthusiastic collector can do for scholarship. Over a period of thirty-seven years, Dr. Stecher collected both the works of Darwin and other 19th century naturalists and those writings that influenced Darwin's thought. Over 175 manuscript letters by Darwin, his family and his contemporaries (such as A.R Wallace, Grant Allen, Henry W. Bates, J. Brodie Innes and many others) are also an invaluable part of the collection. These letters document Darwin's daily life and reveal the struggle of the Victorians to formulate and accept the theory of evolution.

A link to the collection is here.

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June 05, 2009

United States Steel Corporation Annual Reports

The United States Steel Corporation Annual Reports are now up in Digital Case, beginning with the first issue in 1902. In 2003 a Library Opportunity Grant was awarded to Kelvin Smith Library and the Weatherhead School of Management(WSOM) to digitize and make publicly available 100 years of the annual reports for U.S. Steel. Faculty in the WSOM have a continuing interest in business and accounting history. Of particular interest is the longitudinal/historical developments for various steel and auto and auto supply companies. U.S Steel Corporation is particularly important because it is the first billion dollar capitalized corporation to emerge in the United States. As such it serves as the prototype of what was going to happen in business during the 20th century. Having a full picture of the financial reporting over the 100 years will give not only business scholars but researchers in history, law, political science and other fields a valuable “window” into how the process developed and changed over time.

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April 21, 2009

Year of Darwin collection

New collection in Digital Case: Year of Darwin

Beginning in the Fall of 2008 and proceeding through the Spring semester, departments from across Case Western Reserve University will sponsor events and programs celebrating Charles Darwin's life, his work and the diverse ways in which evolutionary theory continues to influence research and thought in biology and other fields. Some of these events will be intended primarily for an academic audience and others will be intended for the general public. On a roughly monthly basis, prominent individuals who have contributed significantly either to the progress or the popularization of evolutionary science will be coming to Case to deliver lectures and participate in the celebration.

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April 20, 2009

Annual Editions of Encyclopedia of Cleveland History Now Available

Digitalcase is now creating annual snapshots of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History (ECH) collection. There are 3 collections currently listed. A 2008,2009 editions as well as every article showing in one collection. KSL will continue to create these on an annual basis.

http://library.case.edu/digitalcase/BrowseCollections.aspx?PID=ksl:AnnualECHCollection

Also, as part of the ECH annual editions, KSL has implemented a feature in Digitalcase that allows multiple versions of a particular object to be presented in the Digitalcase interface. This feature which can be seen below, shows all versions of an object to be displayed in a timeline fashion. This will be useful for displaying serialized publications as well as Encyclopedia collections like ECH.

http://library.case.edu/digitalcase/DatastreamListing.aspx?PID=ksl:ech-oovir1&COLPID=ksl:ech-2009


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March 02, 2009

Case Stories collection

The CASE Stories project provides a rare look at individuals whose dedication to Case Western Reserve University helped create our rich legacy of excellence in higher education. A new Digital Case collection of the original sound wave files as well as the podcast mp3s will be posted as the project progresses (link to collection). For this initiative Kelvin Smith library staff combined elements of oral history, knowledge capture and web 2.0 technologies to create a new approach to understanding, preserving and presenting the history of Case Western Reserve University. The CASE Stories blog will include the podcasts from this project, as well as provide some additional information.

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January 28, 2009

Original Leaves from Famous Books collection available

A new image collection is available of original leaves and captions as collection by Otto Ege from famous books, dating between 1122 A.D. - 1923 A.D. A few examples include: The Koran Manuscript (1122, printed in Cairo), Livy's The History of Rome (1436, printed in Italy), and Erasmus' Adage Printed by Jerome Froben (1528, Basle). These leaves are great examples of early printing techniques. These images are owned by Special Collections, Kelvin Smith Library, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Permission to reproduce and/or publish can be obtained by contacting Special Collections at 216-368-2993.

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January 09, 2009

NEW: Case Archives Image Collection

Digital Case has just added a wonderful collection of high quality historical images organized by people, places, events & activities and things having to do with Case Western Reserve. From football games to lecture series to presidents' inaugurations, a wide range of CWRU's ceremonies, performances, scholarly and social events are represented. Currently the collection contains images only. Digitization of the University's video, audio cassette, phonograph, and film heritage, spanning over 60 years, will make this rich documentation conveniently accessible and usable in ways not previously possible. The collection contributed by the University Archives department is available as of 2:00 pm on Friday 1/10/09.

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December 30, 2008

Michelson-Morley Centennial Symposium 1987

New collection of videos and text from the Michelson-Morley Centennial Symposium 1987, which took place October 30-31 at Case Western Reserve University. The symposium commemorates not only the centenary of the Michelson-Morley experiment, but also the broad-ranging creativity of the men who performed it. Organized and coordinated by the Michelson-Morley Centennial Celebration (an Ohio non-profit corporation), the Festival has elicited the participation of thirteen of Cleveland's educational and cultural institutions in an extraordinary cooperative enterprise. (written by Dorothy Humel Hovorka)

Modern Physics in America derives from the theme from the original Michelson-Morley experiments in the summer of 1887. The focus on the symposium is the progress and research during the hundred years which separate the experiments and date the symposium. This point in time during the summer of 1887 has been referred to as the beginning of modern physics. Most of the major areas of physics are reflected in the symposium, including many world-renowned scientists.

The text in the collection includes the complete scan of a 22 page pamphlet, 'Modern Physics in America', published by the university for the symposium. This includes a forward by Dorothy Humel Hovorka, an introduction by William Fickinger and Kenneth L. Kowalski and the 'Celebration' essay by John Schoff Millis.

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October 27, 2008

New RSS Feed for Recently Added Content

An RSS feed has been posted to the Digital Case front page, which will display content RSS Iconuploaded to Digital Case for the past 3 days. RSS feeds provide a flexible and dynamic way to monitor content changes. This feed will keep you updated with the new content being added to Digital Case. This can be a great way to see what's being added to Case Western Reserve University’s digital library.

Don’t forget to check out all the other feeds being offered by Kelvin Smith Library at http://library.case.edu/ksl/rss.html

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September 11, 2008

PUBMED Central Available 9/22/08

** UPDATE 9/22/08 @ 9:00 am :**
This collection is fully available and both searchable and browesable in digitalcase. Collection can be found at http://library.case.edu/digitalcase/BrowseObjects.aspx?PID=ksl:PubMedCentral.

** UPDATE 9/17/08 @ 9:30 am :**
This collection is currently available in digitalcase and can be found at: http://library.case.edu/digitalcase/BrowseObjects.aspx?PID=ksl:PubMedCentral. However this collection is not yet searchable. The index job has started and willl be completed by sometime 9/18/08. After the completion of the index job, this collection will become searchable. This collection is scheduled to be updated every Saturday morning.


We are creating a collection of Case Faculty medical research that we are harvesting from Pubmed Central. This collection will highlight all the federally funded medical research output from Case that has been deposited with Pubmed. Recently, legislation was passed mandating that all federally funded research must be deposited with pubmed and thus will allow digitalcase to represent this important information on into the future. We expected this collection to be available on Monday 9/15/08

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July 02, 2008

Just Added: Case TV Collection

July 1st: We have officially launched the Case TV archive collection in digitalcase. Check out this collection from the following location: http://hdl.handle.net/2186/ksl:CaseTV. The collection is updated with new content weekly on Sunday so check back regularly.

We are exploring the idea of presenting video via Digital Case that is streamed from ITAC’s infrastructure. Long-term, we are considering the feasibility and financial model for archiving all Case TV video content produced by ITAC. In the short term, we plan to organize and present objects in the Case TV.

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April 22, 2008

Case Pluralism Project

Items have been added to the Case Pluralism Project, from the Department of Religious Studies.

These materials include student reports and other documents from the Case Pluralism Project, designed and conducted by Timothy Beal and students in RLGN 399 Senior Seminar in Religion, Spring 2003 at Case Western Reserve University. Case Pluralism Project

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April 18, 2008

Search Results Improvements

The following are changes currently being developed and test. We will launch these new features at the end of April 2008.
1) Currently we only display 5 items per page on any listing screen. We should allow these numbers to be configurable up to 50 items per page on BrowseCollections.aspx page
2) Navigation controls on the top and bottom of the page on all browsing screens
3) Sorting on search results page by title, creator, publish date ‘identify on search results page that the default sort order is by relevance as determined by the search algorithm

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Pubmed - Medical School Research Collection

We are currently compiling a collection that represents Case Medical School research deposited in Pubmed. This collection will hold roughly 2000 pieces of research involving Case Western faculty and researchers. We will create a process to harvest new materials on a weekly basis in order to allow the collection to remain current.

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April 03, 2008

TEI Book Presentation

There is a requirement to create book browsing functionality to supplement existing features of digitalcase. This functionality will be

used to take TEI Encoded files. These files today are presented as XML files for patrons to download and do as they wish. We want to create functionality on our site to render these TEI encoded documents and allow patrons to experience these text files as if they were in their original book form.

This project will be started the week of April 28. We expect this project to be completed in the middle of June 2008.

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