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Technology is changing the way we organize, access and use data and information. New research, applications and tools are changing the way we learn and create knowledge.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen information infrastructure, systems, and workflows (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Information infrastructure, systems, and workflow content on the IMLS Web site:
Notice of Funding Opportunity: FY 2015 Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

December 2, 2014 02:51 PM
IMLS is accepting applications for Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries until the February 2 deadline. Read More

 
Notice of Funding Opportunity: Second Round of Funding for FY 2015 National Leadership Grants for Libraries

December 2, 2014 02:47 PM
Participate in a webinar to learn more, and submit your preliminary proposal by the February 2 deadline. Read More

 
New IMLS Funding to Support the Digital Public Library of America

September 30, 2014 11:26 AM
An IMLS grant will help the Digital Public Library of America expand its infrastructure to make more digital collections available to all. Read More

 
Delaware Art Museum by flickr user Jeffrey.
Blog Post: Taking Note: More Resources for Arts Data-Miners

March 11, 2015 03:11 PM
Federal agencies, like the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Arts, are making cultural heritage data readily available as a part of open data and open government initiatives. Read More

 
Participants in the IMLS board room during the Open Data Open House
Blog Post: Continuing the Library and Museum Open Data Conversation

March 10, 2015 03:21 PM
In what we called an Open Data Open House, a cohort of data wonks, librarians, curators, researchers and developers shared ideas on the new IMLS data catalog and ways to use this data. Read More

 
people in a conference room with their computers participating in the linked data conference.
Blog Post: Fitting the Pieces Together: Progress On Linked Data For Libraries

March 4, 2015 03:25 PM
A two-day workshop showcased examples of how libraries are using linked data and how it might aid patrons in the use of their libraries. Read More

 
Steve: The Museum Social Tagging Project
November 2008: Steve Eases Online Searches of Museum Web Sites


For museums seeking greater and more engaged audiences for their online collections, steve.museum may offer some answers. The concept is simple: individuals contribute descriptions about the art (and other collection objects) on museum Web sites using the steve tagger. Read More

 
Lamassu, 721 BC - 705 BC..
May 2008: Teaching Web Site Highlights Gifts of Ancient Mesopotamia


Students across the country are digging into the secrets of ancient Mesopotamia through a teaching Web site called Ancient Mesopotamia: This History, Our History, which allows students to direct virtual archeological expeditions and curate museum exhibits with the excavated artifacts. Read More

 
Screenshots of several Web sites made possible by Plinkit.
March 2008: Plinkits: Pre-built Library Web Sites that Libraries Love


Plinkit, which stands for "Public Library Interface Kit," provides small libraries that have little to no web presence with a great Web site and the training necessary to update and maintain it. Read More

 
cover of Advancing Research and Practice in Digital Curation and Publishing
Advancing Research and Practice in Digital Curation and Publishing


Summary Report and Recommendations of the Workshop on Next Steps in Research, Education and Practice, that was held in London on June 26, 2010, and cosponsored and organized by the University College London Department of Information Studies and IMLS. Read More

 
Framework of Guidance for Building Good Digital Collections


Identifies principles of good practice and current standards in four areas: collections, digital objects, metadata, and digital projects. The Framework was developed with IMLS support and is maintained by the National Information Standards Organization. Read More

 
Report of the Workshop on Opportunities for Research on the Creation, Management, Preservation and Use of Digital Content


The University of Florida, Florida Center for Library Automation, convened a workshop in March 2003 to assess research needs related to digital cultural content. This report summarizes the results of the workshop and presents suggestions for useful areas of research. Read More