Digital Initiatives Center
Digitizing, preserving and providing open access to the law.
The Digital Initiatives Center at FIU Law Library curates legal scholarship in electronic format and publishes these resources through our eCollections institutional repository. The Center also maintains FIU Law's HeinOnline Author Profiles, SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Selected Works, Google Scholar, and ORCiD. Through these initiatives, the Center supports the Scholarly Impact of FIU Law on an international scale, ensuring open access to legal materials and scholarship for generations to come.
Open Access Works
eCollections is FIU Law's open access institutional repository. Faculty scholarship, original publications and Special Collections combine in one digital library.
FIU Law Review hosts biannual symposia covering a variety of legal topics and issues. Each symposium is the basis for FIU Law Review's issues. Symposia participants are invited to attend based on their legal knowledge and expertise. The scholarship produced as a result of symposium participation is provided open-access through FIU Law Review.
Florida Legal History
Dedicated to the collection and dissemination of scholarly works and inforamtion on the history of Florida's legal sources, institutions, and actors, Florida Legal History Bibliography and Series provides access to books, articles and other materials from pre-European contact to the present day. Written and edited by Professor M.C. Mirow.
This series contains the works of Florida International University College of Law faculty, past and present. It includes materials published in law reviews, books and book chapters.
HeinOnline ScholarCheck & Author Profiles
Citation metrics and publications count. The Digital Initiatives Center collaborates with HeinOnline to ensure our FIU Law scholars are counted accurately.
SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series
Legal scholarship as it is written. FIU Law scholars publish their works in progress and forthcoming articles in our SSRN Series. The Digital Initiatives Center maintains the Series and tracks downloads and impact.
Legal experts in different Disciplines and through Research Interests. FIU Law Faculty's broad range of legal expertise is discovered through their Selected Works. The Digital Initiatives Center provides this searchable Gallery to shine a light on their expertise.
The Digital Initiatives Center uses knowledge and experience acquired over years of digitization practice. FIU Law Library's digitization efforts started with the purchase of a simple flatbed scanner and have grown into a comprehensive digitization process utilizing the specialized skills of trained digitization professionals and shared hardware and software resources. Our workflows and processes are freely available, published through our institutional repository, eCollections.
FIU Law Library's Special Collections materials are the focus of the digitization efforts. These materials are fragile resources that require special care and handling. Through our partnership with FIU Digital Collections Center and Academic Imaging Services, FIU IT, digitization is performed on a purpose-driven basis utilizing equipment designed to scan our unique materials.
ATIZ BookDrive Pro - used to scan fragile items
EPSON Expression 10000XL - used to scan individual pages or manuscripts
Kirtas KABIS III - used to scan over-sized books
Quartz A0 HD - used to scan over-sized and especially fragile materials
Editing and Quality Control
All images go through an intensive editing and quality control process. Each image is checked for scanning errors, and sets are read to check for missing content. Each image is color corrected, de-skewed and cropped as needed to ensure that the image captured represents the document scanned. All images are 300 dpi resolution.
Editing and quality control is performed on site using Adobe Photoshop. Our student assistants perform this important work, essential for producing high-quality images.
Optical character recognition (OCR) is the process by which the scanned images are read by OCR software to capture the text contained in the image. The purpose of OCR is to enable machine readers to read the text in the images; OCR enables full text searching and crawling by internet search engines once uploaded to eCollections, reading by software used for ADA accommodation, and translation of languages. Images are simultaneously combined into a single PDF file during the process. Two softwares are utilized depending on the item type:
Prime OCR Recognition
Prime OCR is heavily relied upon due to the high-level of OCR achieved. Each document is set to its particular language, type set (font, hand-written, etc.) and justification (columns, paragraph, free-form).
ABBYY FineReader 12, at Digital Initiatives Center, FIU Law Library (two licenses).
This program is used when documents are not as complex, for example, English language and paragraph format. Images produced have high visual quality, are full-text searchable, and are acceptable for long-term digital archiving.
As a final file conversion step, the resulting PDF from Prime OCR or ABBYY FineReader is optimized. Optimization in Adobe Acrobat Pro produces smaller-sized files, that enables and ensures shortest download speeds for our eCollections user.
Upload and Metadata Assignment
After digitization, the resulting optimized PDF files are uploaded to eCollections. Each item is uploaded individually by a cataloging librarian and metadata is assigned at the time of upload using the form created for the particular sub-collection.
The Digital Initiatives Center also stores the archival TIFF files on local and remote redundant servers. These images, along with the physical collections, are preserved by FIU Law Library and available to legal scholars on request.
Faculty Scholarship Services
The Digital Initiatives Center provides the following scholarship services for faculty. To request services, please Ask a Law Librarian.
- eCollections Faculty Scholarship
- Selected Works
- SSRN Legal Research Paper Series
- HeinOnline Author Profiles (requires login)
- Google Scholar
A Digital Initiatives Specialist will work directly with FIU Law faculty to curate their internet-based profiles. All scholarship and profile information is maintained across platforms to ensure continuity of scholarly impact.
M-TH 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
FRI 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
SAT 10:00 am - 6:00 pm