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New Report on JPEG2000 Image Format

By Cory Lampert on February 21, 2008 10:55 AM | Permalink
Just released today, a new report by Robert Buckley and published by the Digital Preservation Coalition is titled, JPEG 2000 - a Practical Digital Preservation Standard? and addresses archival and preservation issues with the JPEG2000 format. Aren't sure what JPEG2000 is all about? The report also does a good job of concisely explaining the attributes and advantages of the format:
A single architecture for lossless and visually lossless image compression • A single JPEG 2000 master image can supply multiple derivative images • Progressive display, multi-resolution imaging and scalable image quality • The ability to handle large and high-dynamic range images • Generous metadata support With JPEG 2000, an application can access and decode only as much of the compressed image as needed to perform the task at hand.

Blending, Merging, Integrating: Librarians and IT Departments

By Cory Lampert on February 4, 2008 4:08 PM | Permalink
Check out this interesting article, Strains and Joys Color Mergers Between Libraries and Tech Units about the possibilities of merging librarians and IT departments to help provide user-centric services.
David W. Dodd, the CIO who arrived at Xavier University in 2005, said students and faculty members wanted three basic things: "Provide the services I'm looking for, in the manner I want, and get out of my way." They weren't getting any of them.
It doesn't look easy or comfortable, as you can see reflected in this quote from a failed merger:
Tensions arose when technology workers, ponytailed young men, began sharing the same office space with librarians, most of whom were older women, said Ms. Wagner. According to her account, the men brought in a huge microwave, were slobs, had messy cords dangling from equipment, and said they worked much harder than the librarians who left work at 4:30 and took breaks throughout the day.