You will be using the Zeta Book Scanner in the Digital Scholarship Center (Library Room 03) to digitally preserve books in an online repository.
The Proceedings of the Commissioners of the Land Office of the State of New York (1882-1927) offer a comprehensive record of how New York State addressed all public land issues, but they are not widely available in their current form. Moreover, the task of researching the extant manuscript and typescript volumes is laborious and time-consuming. Anyone interested in the history of how the State acquired and disposed of lands incorporated into New York’s canal system will benefit from the digitization of these records, but we also believe that the digital collection will benefit anyone with a personal or professional interest in a public land issue, including the NYS Department of Conservation and the Office of General Services. The Proceedings is also potentially useful to all county and municipal government officials, individual town historians, lawyers, genealogists, property research companies, private landowners and New York Native Americans all conducting research in this publicly accessible, keyword searchable, collection of historic New York public land records.
The folder of book pages will be uploaded into CONTENTdm.
Transcripts will be generated by the ABBYY FineReader Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software.
Metadata describing the book will be applied from a template based on the bibliographic record in WorldCat.
The page files will be bound into a compound object with an XML wrapper.
The full text of the book will be discoverable in New York Heritage and Google.