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Digital Support Services (DSS)
Smathers Libraries
University of Florida
P.O Box 117003
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA

P: 352.273.2900
F: 352.392.6597

Celebrating 100 years of IFAS and the Smith-Lever Act

Visit the Florida Agriculture and Rural Life Collection for more.

The Haiti Sun

A collaborative project with the Duke University Archives, the DSS is scanning a run of the of the Haiti Sun from 1950-1962.

Ramón Figueroa Mexican & Cuban Film Poster Collection

Collection: Digital Library of the Caribbean

Drew Field Echoes

Description: Newspaper published at the Drew Field Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

Collection: Florida Digital Newspaper Library

Antique Maps, Historic Sanborn Maps, and Aerial Photography

Collection: Map & Imagery Library Digital Collections

Archie Carr and Sea Turtles

Description: Archie Carr attaching weather balloons to sea turtles.

Collection: University Archives Photograph Collection

Alfred Browning Parker

Description: Alfred Browning Parker, architectural drawings, from the University of Florida Architecture Archives

Collection: University of Florida Libraries Architecture Archives Collection

Digital Support Services Department

Digital Support Services develops, manages, and publishes digital content from curatorial collections, in support of academic programs, organizes conversion and ingest capabilities, facilitates awareness and coordinates instruction in scholarly use and development of digital technologies and their application to collection and publishing services. 

The DSS deparment supports the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC), which is the set of digital collections hosted by UF. UF is also the technical partner and host for the Digital Library of the Caribbean and the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (both are international collaboratives), the statewide Florida Digital Newspaper Library, and many other collaborative and UF-based digital collections. SobekCM provides the core infrastructure powering the collections. SobekCM is the internally designed, hosted, and supported technology that powers all aspects of the digital collections, including content management and collection management.

With rare children's literature books, unique manuscripts and letters, antique maps, museum objects, herbarium specimens, photographs, oral histories, architectural drawings, recordings of speeches and songs, videos of performances, and more, UFDC offers many resources for research and discovery from anywhere in the world. Over two hundred versions of versions of Robinson Crusoe; over a million pages of Florida and Caribbean newspapers; and over 6,000 photographs from the University of Florida Archives are significant in that they are co-located, have a browse capability, and are cross-referenced and searchable sets. UFDC adds more than one million pages a year, which are accessible online.  

The largest and most utilized collections are:

In addition to supporting existing collections and materials in UFDC, DSS is also a digitization facility. It is the primary contributor to all of the collections in and hosted by UFDC, adding more unique materials regularly. The Digital Services Department also supports collaborative and innovative projects.


The Digital Support Services department is among the largest digitization facilities in the southeastern United States. The department is the hosting and technical partner for the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) and the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library, two collaborative digital libraries partnering Florida and Caribbean cultural and scientific institutions. Past projects have been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Department of Education; National Historical Publications and Records Commission; the Institute for Museum and Library Services; Florida’s LSTA program; and private endowments.

Last modified: Tuesday February 21 2017 lp