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Creating the Digital Golden Book

Michael Boyles, Advanced Visualization Lab, Indiana University



In collaboration with the IU Office of Veteran Affairs and the Digital Library Program, staff from the Advanced Visualization Lab have created the Digital Golden Book. The Golden Book is a 150 page volume that records the names of the sons and daughters of IU who served in the wars of the Republic. As a University treasure, the Book is kept in a dedicated room under glass where only a single page is viewable at any time. The Digital Golden Book is presented as a digital kiosk with an engaging and unique touchable interface that resides in the same room as the original Golden Book.

This digital version affords visitors the opportunity to view and experience the content of any and all of the pages of the original Golden Book at any time while preserving the precious historical artifact itself. Accompanying the Digital Golden Book kiosk is a new documentary that describes the process of recording the names in the original volume, the challenges of digitizing the massive book, and the development and programming that went into this modern version. The next iteration of the Digital Golden Book will include enhanced content such as additional background information and search capability.

Funding for this project was provided by the IU Parents Fund as well as the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology.

NSF GSS Codes:

Primary Field: Communication (930) - Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Secondary Field: Computer Science (909) - Sociology