Having selected Veridian as the answer to their search for a modern, robust software solution for their digitised publications, the Consortium of Pentecostal Archives has recently re-launched their collection on our platform.
Founded in 2011, the Consortium of Pentecostal Archives is a collaborative effort initiated by Pentecostal archives to make the heritage and testimony of the Pentecostal and charismatic movements accessible to new generations, and provide an invaluable research tool.
The Consortium approached Veridian in January 2022, as they were looking to upgrade from their current system (in use for over a decade) to a more leading-edge solution. With the goal of reducing the effort required to maintain it in future, the project officially began in late May last year.
The process had two main facets, the first being the data transfer and organisation, and the second the interface customisation (standard for all Veridian collections). The Consortium’s collection is the first Veridian collection that exclusively uses PDF as a source and includes both serials and books. Generally, we continue to encourage the use of the METS/ALTO format. However, in this case all of the existing data was already available in PDF format, and converting close to 500,000 pages to METS/ALTO would have incurred significant cost. Veridian’s ability to directly ingest PDFs provided a budget-sensitive solution, allowing the collection to move forward to the next stage.
Following a successful launch earlier this year, the collection plans to perform quarterly ingestion each year to expand its coverage (currently at 483,495 pages), as part of their mission to be good stewards of the archival materials.