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This website has been released in BETA, which means that it is subject to change with little or no notice. It may be unavailable from time to time as developers make necessary changes and improvements to it. Nonetheless, it does offer improved functionality to access these digital collections and we encourage you to use it and welcome your feedback.

The ULS has been engaged in the digitization of unique materials from our archives and special collections units since 1999. During that time we have built up scanning expertise primarily concentrated in our Digital Research Library (DRL). We operate several different scanning devices which enable us to digitize a wide array of material, including photographic items (e.g., glass plate negatives, slides, photographic prints, etc.), books, and manuscript content as well as oversize materials, such as maps, drawings and blueprints. We have found outsourcing audio and video materials to be the best method of reformatting this material from an analog to a digital source.

We have recently transitioned to the open-source repository software, Fedora, as our back-end method of storing, managing and accessing our digital objects. We have then implemented Islandora, another type of open-source software, to search, retrieve and view our digitized materials. We are very excited to offer an enhanced method of searching and viewing our digital collections and hope you agree! We also host content on behalf of Pitt faculty and departments to support research and teaching initiatives. Our collaboration has supported the University’s mission to directly engage in the “enterprise of knowledge creation, teaching, and learning on our campuses and beyond.”

Please contact us if you’re interested in exploring a partnership with you!