Just In! Final Reports from METRO's Fall 2014 Innovative Interns

by Margo Padilla, Strategic Programs Manager, METRO

METRO’s Innovative Internship program, launched in 2012, recently completed its fall 2014 cycle of internships. Designed to foster innovative work in METRO’s member institutions, the Innovative Internship program provides stipends each fall and spring semester to graduate students and recent graduate degree recipients to support their work in cultural heritage institutions in the METRO membership.

InnInt.jpgWe were pleased to support Tess Colwell and Sarah Davis in their internships this past fall. As part of their projects, both Tess and Sarah have submitted final reports documenting their work.

A bit of backgrond info about their projects:

Tess Colwell worked at the Center for Jewish History on creating an innovative, semi-automated process for collecting and making accessible user-generated images of special collections, rare books, and archival materials. By utilizing a digital camera with a wireless memory card and leveraging existing descriptive metadata, images of materials created by users in the Center's reading room will be automatically sent to the Center's Flickr page. By incorporating the materials that patrons use and digitize themselves, the amount and diversity of materials imaged and made available online will be augmented considerably.

Sarah Davis worked at New York Public Radio on preserving CD-DAs. This project included ripping CDs using custom tools, documenting error rates using PlexTools Software, cataloging audio using XML/XSLT, and exploring the value of embeddable metadata into audio preservation workflows (using tools like BWF MetaEdit and ffprobe). Sarah worked on ways to creatively present these newly digitized recordings to the listening public, both on the radio and online.

Congratulations to this class of funding recipients!

For more on this program, see METRO's Innovative Internship Program page.