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Digital Preservation of 3D Objects in Academic Libraries
AAASPD - Library Science Symposium (2015)
  • Erich Purpur
  • Amber Sherman, Boise State University
Academic libraries are embracing the Maker Movement and 3D printing is the showpiece of the new types of resources libraries are providing as the landscape of scholarly and intellectual property changes. Libraries continue to provision access to emerging and expensive technologies; except now students and faculty on campus need different tools. Alongside traditional library resources like books and online databases, libraries are investing in equipment like 3D printers, 3D scanners, laser cutters, and other related technologies. As users design and print 3D objects, these new forms of intellectual property need to be preserved. An environmental scan of work related to digital preservation of 3D objects shows a lack of metadata requirements necessary to provide long term preservation and access. In this presentation, we will overview the current practices for describing and sharing 3D printing files and explain why they fall short compared to traditional library cataloging standards. We will discuss possible recommendations for metadata that would improve access to these files and help users re-create the models as well as draw attention to the challenges involved in the creation of a metadata schema for these files.
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Erich Purpur and Amber Sherman. "Digital Preservation of 3D Objects in Academic Libraries" AAASPD - Library Science Symposium (2015)
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