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South Coast Museum, University Team Up To Put Historic Items Online

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Cal State Channel Islands students helping to develop digital online gallery for South Coast museum

A scanner is turning a historic 125 year old class photo from a Ventura County school into a digital image.

Three college students are working together to put the image, and the information about it online.

They are part of a new partnership between The Museum of Ventura County, and Cal State Channel Islands to do something the museum can’t afford to do on its own: Catalog its vast collection online.

Matt Cook is the Head of Unique Collections at Cal State Channel Islands. He says he hopes this new program opens a door to an ongoing collaboration which will benefit the museum, the community, and the students who are getting some hands on real world experience.

Daya Terrafranca is the Museum of Ventura County’s Research Library and Archives Collector. She shows us a Downtown Ventura building where the project is based. A large room filled with shelves is filled with old photos, documents, and ledgers. In an office, the trio of students is digitizing photos, and adding text to create online exhibits.

This project is putting this room full of history online, creating a “Museum of Ventura County” on the web. Terrafranca says the project will help build an online presence which will in make the collection available to the public 24/7.