Labs

Digital Sustainability Lab

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The Digital Sustainability Lab is a space for investigations and experiments to develop practical solutions in response to challenges of managing digital content at MIT across generations of technology. The initial development of the Lab has been funded by a donor who hopes to attract additional funding for ongoing investigations into strategies for ensuring the longevity of digital content. Solutions developed will address local needs at MIT, be shared with broader community, and comply with digital curation and preservation standards and practice.

Experiments conducted in the Lab will focus on improvements to the acquisition, processing, preservation, accessibility, and audit of digital content of all kinds in support of instruction, scholarship, research, and administration at MIT. Topics for studies completed in the Lab may address topics such as, optimal file formats for preservation, storage media issues, object packaging, authentication, integrity of digital content, life cycle metadata, and the effective delivery of digital content on various platforms.

Scanning Lab

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The Scanning Lab is where paper, photo and photographic film digitization can be performed onsite. MIT-produced materials such as theses/dissertations, technical reports, and working papers are reformatted here for electronic access. A variety of scanning equipment is utilized to properly perform digitization depending on the type of original material.

Fee-based digitization is also offered for the MIT community.

Wunsch Conservation Lab

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In 2002, with the generous support of E. Martin (1944) and Ethel Wunsch and an anonymous donor, the MIT Libraries were able to renovate and expand preservation space in the basement of Hayden Library to create the E. Martin (1944) and Ethel Wunsch Conservation Laboratory. The space increased in size from 1740 to 2660 square feet and provides equipment for the conservation of the Institutes’ rarest books, manuscript collections, and archival records.