After many years working in the field of archive digitization, we were honored to present our open source application ADA (Archive Digitization Application) at the renowned IS&T Archiving Conference in Berlin, Germany. IS&T has met once a year since 2004, alternating its venues between the North America and Europe.

IS&T's Archiving offers a unique opportunity for imaging scientists and those working in the cultural heritage community (curators, archivists, librarians, etc.), as well as in government, industry, and academia, to come together to discuss the most pressing issues related to the digital preservation and stewardship of hardcopy, audio, and video.

This year, the conference was held at the Sony Center and so there was a natural emphasis on film preservation. The conference organizers gave us some choices of very unique backpass opportunities, so we jumped at an opportunity to visit of the STASI Archives.

Biljana Presnall from the Jefferson Institute presented the latest case of JI digitization efforts with the Middle Georgia Archives, located in Macon, GA. At the same time, we re-launched the www.archivedigitization.org website, where we have a distribution pack of the ADA application open for free download and use under a creative commence license. You are free to: Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for Noncommercial purposes.

It comes with predefined roles for all key users in the system and is ready for any digital archive production solution. Its basic search capabilities can be upgraded and tuned through the server administration preferences.

We hope that this Macon case study of ADA use will inspire and provide a foundation of tools for replication across many more city archives, and directly engage neighborhood communities in better understanding how they came to be and how they interrelate with one another in confronting municipal challenges of the present.
Sony Center, Berlin
May 14, 2014