This article will describe a process at the University of Kentucky Libraries for utilizing an unlimited Google Drive for Education account for digital library object storage. For a number of recent digital library projects, we have used Google Drive for both archival file storage and web derivative file storage. As a part of the process, a Google Drive API script is deployed in order to automate the gathering of of Google Drive object identifiers. Also, a custom Omeka plugin was developed to allow for referencing web deliverable files within a web publishing platform via object linking and embedding.
For a number of new digital library projects, we have moved toward a small VM approach to digital library management where the VM serves as a web front end but not a storage node. This has necessitated alternative approaches to storing web addressable digital library objects. One option is the use of Google Drive for storing digital objects. An overview of our approach is included in this article as well as links to open source code we adopted and more open source code we produced.
Weig, Eric C., "Leveraging Google Drive for Digital Library Object Storage" (2020). Library Faculty and Staff Publications. 309.
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