Hello! I need a million images….
Zick was in search of a testbed collection to scale up the software his team had developed for medical imaging. Ingram was eager to open Web access to the UW’s extraordinary collections. Both had the end user foremost in their planning. The idea was to store visual media in a searchable database and to develop full-text access using a standard graphical browser. And it must be fast – a search should take less than one second.
CONTENTdm was the result, developed as an integrated software program to create an online digital repository. Sold to OCLC in 2006, CONTENTdm was a smashing success, adopted by hundreds of libraries to organize thousands of collections including millions of photos, letters, diaries, books, newspapers, and music and video files. Time was, these materials were held in restricted special collections; CONTENTdm protected the rare originals and made them readily available for use.