The State of New Mexico's Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the New Mexico State Library Tribal Libraries Program and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, will create tools to extend the capacities of Omeka-S, a widely-used open source content management system. The suite of architectural and interactive features will include the translation of images stored in Omeka-S to the International Image Interoperability Format (IIIF), and enhanced tools for user tagging and annotations. Code for the tools will be shared openly on GitHub and with the Omeka-S community. The project will also result in the development of a model use case, demonstrating the technical and community impacts of the tools. A fellowship program will support the participation of individuals from New Mexico's Native communities in the development of the model use case.
The Amistad Research Center, in collaboration with the Shorefront Legacy Center, the South Asian American Digital Archive, Mukurtu, and the Inland Empire Memories Project of the University of California-Riverside, will use a National Forum grant to host a series of meetings that will focus on integrating community archives in the National Digital Platform. The four meetings will convene a diverse group of community archives curators and practitioners, community members, scholars, and digital collections leaders, to discuss broader inclusion of these materials in national digital collections. Outcomes of the project will include a summary white paper providing recommendations for increased representation of marginalized communities and people in our digital cultural heritage.
The Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab, in cooperation with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and over 130 partner libraries will sustainably scale a tool - Perma.cc - to combat link rot in all scholarly fields. Link rot happens when a hyperlink on a webpage points to a website or online resource that is no longer available. It is a serious problem affecting as much as 70 percent of all scholarly articles in law, medicine, science, and technology, causing irreversible harm to the digital scholarly record. Building on solutions and approaches developed in the field of legal scholarship, this project will grow the Perma library coalition and tackle link rot in other fields. Through this project, the team will scale a proven technology and approach sustainably by designing, testing and launching a service that can subsidize the services offered to those supported by academic library partners.
Minitex, in partnership with the Massachusetts Library System (MLS) and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), will enhance SimplyE, an open source e-reader designed specifically to streamline and improve the e-book circulation process for library patrons. SimplyE, which is currently designed to provide a seamless user experience for public library patrons, will be modified for academic, public, and school library users. SimplyE will become an even more effective element of the National Digital Platform by making the access and discoverability of e-books easier for all library users. The project partners will represent the needs of a broad range of library users, enabling the design and development of features that will allow for the participation of schools, research libraries, and consortia with shared e-book collections. In addition, this project will address the viability of expanding interlibrary loan (ILL) of e-books by exploring ILL policies and functionality for SimplyE.
The University of Wisconsin and partners will collaborate to develop digital library design guidelines on accessibility, usability, and utility for blind and visually impaired (BVI) users. The project is motivated by the belief that approximately 20.6 million Americans with significant vision loss cannot use digital libraries effectively due to their sight-centered design. Accessibility guidelines exist but fail to address help-seeking situations of blind and visually impaired (BVI) users in their interactions with digital libraries. Consequently, digital library providers are unable to reach the BVI community, and comply effectively with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This project generate three products: 1) digital library design guidelines, organized by types of help-seeking situations associated with accessibility, usability, and utility; 2) a report on the current status of how digital libraries satisfy BVI users' help needs; and 3) a methodology that can be applied to other underserved user groups to develop similar guidelines.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Tech Libraries, in partnership with the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, as well as the University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences, will engage in a two-year research grant to develop a broadly adaptable library cyberinfrastructure strategy for big data sharing and reuse. The strategy is based on intelligently matching and synthesizing five types of existing cyberinfrastruture options against key requirements extracted from three representative library big data services. The strategy will be validated against different experimental deployments of these services.
The Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) project aggregates archaeological and historical data from state and tribal governmental authorities that manage North American cultural resources east of the Mississippi River. This project will expand DINAA to encompass the remainder of the United States, building rich chronological, legal, and environmental metadata for between two and three million archaeological sites. This work will contribute to the national digital platform by providing researchers, museums, libraries, government offices, and members of the public the largest and most comprehensive Linked Open Data gazetteer of historical and archaeological sites in the United States. Curating these data will improve government-to-government relationships needed by sovereign tribal nations to effectively manage and protect ancestral cultural heritage.
The University of Texas at Austin will significantly expand the usefulness of the PeriodO platform and dataset beyond archaeology to meet the needs of a broader audience of librarians, data managers, scholars, and students across the academic spectrum. Over the course of this two - year phase, the project will complete a set of visualization tools for searching and filtering in the graphic user interface and provide workshops with partners from a wide range of disciplines such as modern history, literature, library science, and museum studies, to explore the role PeriodO might play in the management and discoverability of their data.
Rhizome, an international born-digital art organization, in partnership with Yale University and the University of Freiburg, will enhance a set of software tools connecting archives of digital artifacts and emulation frameworks. The project will greatly increase the viability of emulation as a preservation strategy by making environments of legacy software manageable for collection managers. This proposed project responds to the disparity between the proven viability of emulation as a digital preservation strategy and the practical needs of collection managers.
The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University will develop a service proxy layer on top of the Fedora 4 software platform that will facilitate the exposure of repository contents as linked data web resources. There is an existing user base of Fedora software for institutional repositories that will grow given the important enhancements and robustness offered by Fedora 4. By providing architecture to deploy repository services as lightweight extensions, institutions that use Fedora 4 for their institutional repository needs would be automatically positioned to extend their platforms for more robust data management. As federal funding agencies respond to the White OSTP memoranda regarding public access to publications and data, it is becoming clear that simply depositing and subsequently downloading data will not be sufficient. The proposed work supports a vision of data management where data are packaged with information graphs that capture and preserve connections to publications and software.