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University of Oklahoma class to digitize genealogy archives

June Abbas, a University of Oklahoma professor, and her class have elected to digitize many of the Cleveland County Genealogical Society Library archives.
By SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman Published: April 27, 2014

3. The Infrastructure Team to decide what open source package to use for the underlying infrastructure of the digital collection, to set up the digital library software, maintain the server, and assist students in accessing the database.

4. The Digitization Team to develop the workflow for digitizing the items, instruct the students in digitizing items, and to make sure all digital files are added to the server.

5. The Metadata Team to select or develop the Metadata structure for entering the metadata and to instruct the students in creating metadata — the data about the data they are gathering, like names and dates — to the database.

6. The Copyright and Content Team to develop copyright and usage policies for the digital collection, as well as develop content for site.

The Genealogical Library’s archives are the repository for Cleveland County’s original probate files dating back as far as 1890.

Genealogy notes

Ron Chambers, Grand Master of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Oklahoma, will present “Masonic Records, History and Terms” during the Oklahoma Genealogical Society meeting at 6 p.m. May 5 at the Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Event Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive. Experienced researchers will be available at 5 p. m. to answer research questions. For more information, go to or call 637-1907.


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