Building RADD

Finding equipment

RADD’s first pieces of equipment were two Iomega Zip drives that were in a pile in the hall waiting for the trash collectors to arrive. At the time, I wasn’t even planning to build RADD; I just knew that plenty of people still had Zip disks, and I didn’t want Read more…

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About RADD

Posters for RADD, PROUD, and PRAVDA

At the request of an interested librarian, we are posting electronic copies of the conference posters we are currently using to introduce RADD, PROUD, and PRAVDA: RADD poster (note: equipment list somewhat outdated) PROUD and PRAVDA poster

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About RADD

Our thanks to John Ryan

RADD couldn’t exist without the generosity of the campus and Madison communities. Another example of this generosity was just added into the technology array. RADD uses the Device Side Data controller card to be able to read 5.25-inch floppy disks. Device Side Data used to sell an enclosure for the Read more…

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Building RADD

Choosing RADD’s capabilities

How did SLIS choose which analog material RADD can digitize, and which digital media it can capture data from? The answer is part planning, part serendipity. The group of Digital Curation students who first made concrete plans for RADD did not do so until they had conducted a sweep of Read more…

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Building RADD

Notes on RADD’s analog audio

RADD can currently digitize audio from audio cassettes, microcassettes, and vinyl records (33 and 45 rpm; if we run into 78s we’ll have to buy more equipment). We have a reel-to-reel player awaiting cleaning and overhaul also. The playback equipment is nothing special, though microcassette recorders are starting to be Read more…

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Building RADD

Key tool: label maker

RADD is a complicated system. It teems with cables, cords, dongles, boxes, and other miscellanea. After a point, putting a hand on the correct cable becomes all but impossible without labeling. We would not have expected this, but an ordinary label maker has turned out to be one of RADD’s Read more…

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