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Information Infrastructure/Systems/Workflows

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:
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

 
Bathing Beauties, 1890.
November 2007: History and High-tech Intersect on the New Jersey Digital Highway


Garden State communities are quickly finding that history and high-tech intersect on the New Jersey Digital Highway, a newly developed web portal that is linking historical institutions around the state and helping to digitize their rich collections. Read More

 
Typing on keyboard.
September 2007: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Bibliographies? Zotero!


Ask a roomful of librarians to name the most tedious aspect of their work and writing and managing bibliographies will be at the top of the list. Researchers from the Center for History and New Media of George Mason University, funded in part by IMLS, have all but solved this problem with Zotero software. Read More