Bibliotheca Alexandrina has the pleasure to announce the release of the Digital Assets Factory (DAF) version 2.0. DAF is available for download at http://wiki.bibalex.org/DAFWiki and is offered under the GPL license as an open source application so that the user can freely utilize it or even make necessary modifications to match specific needs.
DAF v2.0 can be considered as an all-in-one solution for any digitization system. It provides all the necessary tools required to manage the whole process of a digitization workflow, including its various phases, user management, file movement and archiving. It provides the flexibility to manage multiple simultaneous projects with a diversity of materials such as books, journals, newspapers, manuscripts, unbound materials, audio, video, and slides.
DAF v2.0 allows easy integration of any tool used to perform functions of the workflow, such as the OCR, image processing, etc. It can be integrated with the current tools used at an organization.
DAF v2.0 is highly reliable and can be configured for large and challenging digitization projects. The system is fully deployed in BA digitization laboratory and has been working smoothly for over a year.
∑††††††† The system is capable of defining different workflows for various types of objects: Images, books, slides, etc. Each workflow contains different phases (Scanning, OCR, PDF encoding, Backup,†etc).
∑††††††† DAF v2.0 is an all-in-one system that provides all the necessary tools required for administration, digitization operation, reporting and archiving.
∑††††††† DAF v2.0 has flexible integration with any source of metadata such as ILS or a library digital document repository. This integration is possible through Check-in and Check-out plug-in modules that can be added at any time.
∑††††††† DAF v2.0 has the ability to define pre-phase and post-phase checks and actions by simply editing an XML definition for a phase.
∑††††††† DAF v2.0 can be tailored to any environment. A developer can add code snippets to be executed pre-phase or post-phase to accomplish specific tasks.
∑††††††† DAF v2.0 supports both manual and automated operations. Different workflow operations can be invoked from the command line to enable batch processing.
∑††††††† The flexible workflow supports ingesting a job in the middle of the workflow. The administrator can also change the job's normal flow.
∑††††††† DAF v2.0 tracks the history of the job's life cycle. It records time stamped actions applied to the job, including the user who performed the action and the workstation on which the action was performed.
∑††††††† Userís access level defines which functions are available for each user, up to the level of disabling a button
∑††††††† DAF v2.0 is easy to install and configure.
The Digital Assets Repository (DAR) team.
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