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Elevator: A tool for all media

Presenter 1
Colin McFadden
University of Minnesota
Presenter 2
Rebecca Ross
University of Minnesota

In today’s digital world, the creation of media is increasingly easy. In a University environment, managing that content is getting increasingly complex. For researchers, materials may at first be shared with only a select few, but eventually, they will be more broadly available. Some content will need to be preserved for the long term, other items will have a very short shelf life. The media that is managed as close to the period of creation, with the proper description by the creators, has a much better chance of being useful over its life. There are many solutions being made available through the Libraries, IT and commercial entities, but rarely do these options offer customizable metadata templates, granular access controls, and superior searching options. Elevator is one such option. It offers a flexible framework that allows content to move from a privately managed collection into more curated collections that can be more widely searched. Based on open source tools, and backed by Amazon cloud storage, Elevator is a powerful, easy to use, digital asset management tool that works for most types of research and teaching materials.

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