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The University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center, and the Urban Institute, which supports and coordinates the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, will develop the capacity of public and academic libraries to serve as key partners in local open civic data ecosystems. The project's primary output will be a guide and toolkit to help public and academic libraries: identify local needs and contexts around open civic data; consider roles, opportunities, practices, and governance in the civic data ecosystem; anticipate and address common challenges; measure local civic open data health and capacity; and learn from examples of successful civic data partnerships.
The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) will gather, develop, and share best practices and guidance materials to improve creation, management, preservation, and use of permanent state government digital records and information. CoSA will collaborate with the National Governors Association (NGA), the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), as well as content creators in state government and users of government data, to help improve preservation and use of permanent state government electronic records. The project will result in the publication of five collaborative reports, ten case studies on electronic records or digital preservation issues, six webinars, and engagement with stakeholders through articles, conference presentations, and focus groups.
The University of Houston Libraries, in collaboration with Stanford University, DuraSpace, Indiana University and the Digital Public Library of America, will develop a toolkit to help institutions accomplish complex system migrations. Focusing primarily on migrations from CONTENTdm to Hyku, the toolkit will allow institutions to better understand their digital library ecosystems and how they can prepare for migration. It will include content such as documentation on the theoretical approaches to migration, instructions on how to conduct a needs assessment based on analyzing metadata structures and understanding system requirements, best practices for preparing repository data for migration, and specialized tools to assist users with migration to Hyku.
Kent State University's KNEXT project will bring advanced data analytics and business intelligence (DA&BI) services to public libraries in order to support small businesses, entrepreneurs, and community advocates. This project will further develop a coalition of academic, public libraries, small business development centers, small businesses, and community advocates by identifying sources of useful data (national, state, county); consolidating data in a repository for long-term access and delivery; and creating a platform and dashboard for libraries to provide DA&BI services to the community using machine learning, data mining, web mining, and text analytics.
The Digital Curation Innovation Center at the University of Maryland's iSchool will research, develop, and test software architectures to improve the performance and scalability of the Fedora repository. This project will create a new Fedora implementation without current performance bottlenecks relating to storage size, enabling institutions to manage Fedora repositories with petabyte-scale collections. It will apply the new Fedora 5 application programming interface (API) to a repository software stack called DRAS-TIC. Fedora community partners will be engaged to help develop use cases and performance expectations. The project will produce open source software, tested system configurations, documentation, and best-practice guides.
The University of North Texas Libraries and the Computer Science and Engineering Department will research the efficacy of using machine-learning algorithms to identify and extract publications contained in web archives. The overarching goal of this project is to understand if machine-learning models can successfully identify content-rich PDF and Word documents from web archives that align with library and archives collecting plans. The researchers are working in two phases. They are first increasing their understanding of the workflows, practices, and selection criteria of librarians and archivists through ethnographic-based observations and interviews. Next, this increased understanding informs the use of novel machine-learning techniques to identify content-rich publications collected in existing web archives. Identifying these documents will empower libraries, archives, and museums to meet their curatorial missions.
The North Carolina State University Libraries, University of Kansas Libraries, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences are exploring the need for, and ideal components of, an open educational resource (OER) for teaching library students and professionals about scholarly communication. Scholarly communication is recognized as a core competency for librarianship but there is currently no unified educational resource available for training and continuing education. Scholarly communication is interdisciplinary and quickly evolving, which makes it difficult to create a standard commercial textbook. In consultation with many stakeholders, the project team will design and conduct a nationwide survey and workshop to engage directly with the two central stakeholder groups: library school instructors and scholarly communication experts. These activities will identify the extent to which an OER is needed, the components of the OER, the potential obstacles to its adoption, and the partnerships and promotional activities that would accelerate its use.
Team members at Virginia Tech, Indiana University, and the University of Oklahoma will organize meetings to develop a roadmap and white paper for library adoption of Three Dimensional (3D) and Virtual Reality (VR) services. Lower costs and greater computational power have made 3D and VR technologies financially realistic for a broad variety of institutions. Many academic libraries have developed archives for other forms of research data, but there is an absence of standards and best practices for producing, managing, and preserving 3D and VR content. This gap is an information management problem suited to the strengths of libraries and can benefit librarians and researchers alike across institutions. The team will host three national forums, each on a different 3D and VR theme: content creation and publishing, visualization and analysis, and repository practice and standards.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will convene a workshop to identify gaps, opportunities, and best practices for designing library information systems that can incorporate local knowledge, accommodate different modes of learning and cognition, and foster diverse approaches to organizing information. The goal of the project is consider how best to provide services that are accessible to communities with a range of abilities and viewpoints. It will address concerns that algorithms, interfaces, and ontologies embedded in current library systems incorporate substantial biases. The primary output of the project will be a white paper summarizing the significance and areas of need for diversity and inclusion; identifying high-impact design principles that are accepted and emerging in the broader community; characterizing approaches and methods for applying these principles to library information systems; and identifying potential next steps for software developers that develop these systems and for library institutions that adopt and deploy them.
ArtCenter College of Design's College Library will develop and test best practices for archivists and librarians working with designers to develop digital tools and interfaces for archives and special collections. The project will bridge the disparate perspectives and vocabularies of librarians, archivists and technology designers with the aim of distilling essential expertise from both fields. The results, in the form of practical, easily understood pointers and sample work processes, will be shared in a national white paper and online content to be disseminated widely through targeted channels to the library and design sectors.