About this Online Implementation
The University of Michigan portion of the Making of America project has been implemented by the UM Digital Library Production Service (DLPS). Principal persons and components of the online version include :
- Sarr Blumson,
former principal programmer for DLPS, created the image navigation mechanisms
that make it possible to move from image to image and choose different
resolutions for selected pages.
- Maria Bonn
Specialist for DLPS had been responsible for ongoing evaluation and
further development of MOA, as well as the redesign released to the
public on April 11, 1999.
- Nigel Kerr, former DLPS
SGML Systems Librarian, wrote the original "middleware" for
the SGML search and retrieval.
Kowalski, former DLPS Data Loader, did the work of getting the data
This includes extracting data from the CD-ROMs, running processing scripts
that generate OCR from the TIFF images, significant error-processing
during the OCR phase (e.g., for pages that consist of graphics), and
creating the low level of SGML needed to manage the information.
- Alan Pagliere,
SGML Technologist, contributed significantly to the rewrite of the MOA code
that was part of the redesign released to the public on April 11, 1999.
- Elizabeth Shaw, former Digital
Library Project Librarian and current Digital Projects Manager at the
University of Pittsburgh, wrote the processing
routines that automatically generate the OCR and create the SGML. Liz has
also published a report on
the process, which includes an evaluation of methodology.
Trowbridge, former interim Interface Specialist for DLPS, and now
Digital Programs Developer at the Japanese-American National Museum,
designed the MOA interface, a process that included not only design
elements, but elaborating major pieces of functionality for other