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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.
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries will demonstrate and provide tools and data for opening access to the large body of scholarly and general serial literature from 1923-1963 that is in the public domain, but not freely accessible online. Though libraries hold many serials published after 1922 that are in the public domain and contain unique and valuable information for researchers, most have not been made available online due to the uncertainty and difficulty of establishing their copyright status. The project will result in a complete, searchable inventory of serials with issue and contribution renewals made between 1950 and 1977, as well as procedures for using the inventory and other data to decide whether a portion of a serial is in the public domain.
The University of Washington Health Sciences Library will plan, design, build, test, and assess a Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) program and studio for medical professionals in a health sciences library environment. They will then develop a "how to" primer for other libraries across the country. With this primer, medical and research libraries will be able to design, plan, implement, and evaluate VR and AR studios for healthcare team use in an easy to understand format. Since scholarly and medical literature are now almost entirely digital, providing the space, technology, and expertise for using VR and AR equipment can allow medical libraries to bring researchers and clinicians back into the library space.
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.
Investigators at the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, will use their research grant to examine how rural libraries address the challenges of Internet connectivity with hotspot lending programs. The project will gather qualitative and quantitative data from 24 rural libraries with hotspot lending program experience, focusing on the librarians involved with the program, the users of the program, local community stakeholders, and non-users. Research outcomes will address the role of rural libraries in local information ecosystems, the impact of hotspot lending programs on users' quality of life and digital literacy, community outcomes of these programs, and practical requirements for offering hotspot lending programs. Deliverables for the project include a guidelines document on program implementation, a short report on rural Internet connectivity and libraries, and a final research report.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), led by the Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University (MCZ), will host a National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) cohort. The NDSR cohort will include five residents from across the country, all graduates of LIS or related master's programs, in a collaborative project to improve tools, curation, and content stewardship at BHL. Each host institution will provide mentorship to a resident for a specific project designed to improve the functionality of BHL and will identify how tools and processes may be transferred to or from other digital library and museum environments. Residents will be hosted at the following institutions: the Field Museum of Natural History and the Chicago Botanic Garden, Harvard University, Missouri Botanical Garden, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, and Smithsonian Libraries.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art will partner with the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) to adapt the existing National Digital Stewardship residency (NDSR) program to create a curriculum focused on art information management. The project will support eight residents over two years. Residents will complete projects at art and cultural heritage libraries across the country, increasing the functionality and accessibility of their host institutions' digital content and services. Mid-career mentors at each institution will also have the opportunity to participate in training and professional development. Curricula developed for this program will also be distributed by ARLIS/NA, increasing the impact of the project for art librarians and archivists nationwide.
The UCLA Department of Information Studies received a National Forum grant to bring together stakeholders responsible for the management of new forms of digital audiovisual evidence used by law enforcement. The project will help set specific priorities for the management and preservation of evidence generated by the widespread use of surveillance cameras, smartphones, and bodycams. The goals of the project are to identify areas of skill development for information professionals in law enforcement agencies, libraries, and archives, and to build institutional capacity for education that addresses information professionals' management of digital information and open data. By holding a three-day workshop with participants from a range of fields, the project will facilitate information exchange and collaboration between law enforcement, and LIS professionals.
The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), in partnership with a coalition of National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) organizers and stakeholders, will hold a symposium focused on evaluating and sharing the work performed over the first four years of NDSR programs. The meeting aims to: discuss and create standardized guidelines based on the NDSR evaluation being undertaken by the Council on Library and Information Resources; expand the geographic reach of NDSR; foster a digital preservation community of practice; and raise awareness of the NDSR program. The symposium will be free and open to the public, and grant funding will support attendance by representatives of organizations that serve under-resourced areas. Following the symposium, agreed-upon NDSR standards and guidelines will be compiled into a handbook to encourage the development of future digital stewardship residency programs.
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 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.
Cornell University Library, in partnership with the Library of Congress, OCLC, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, the ORCID organization, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Social Networks and Archival Context Cooperative, the BIBFLOW project, Stanford University Library and Harvard Library will hold a national forum on issues concerning local name authorities. Name authority files provide unique identifiers and records for people to ensure consistency in creation of descriptive metadata." Libraries create local authorities to serve a variety of purposes, usually within an institutional context; but these authorities have significant potential for reuse at other cultural heritage organizations and beyond. The April 2015 IMLS National Digital Platform Forum report emphasized the importance of enabling technologies (e.g., interoperability via linked data) and radical collaborations in supporting the mission of the cultural heritage sector. By facilitating a national forum, we plan to identify solutions for facilitating the creation of more shareable authorities.
For libraries taking the first step into Linked Open Data (LOD), using controlled vocabularies is an essential part of creating new data structures linking people, places, collections, and digital objects together. The Western Name Authority File (WNAF) is a first step in collaboratively analyzing existing vocabularies, developing a data model, exploring infrastructure, and testing workflows that could be used throughout the Mountain West Digital Library network of partners. Building on existing work at the University of Utah of reconciling digital collection metadata fields against existing controlled vocabularies, this project explores creating a regional vocabulary in an open and shareable format using a process that can be replicated for other regions.
ARTstor, in collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Staten Island Museum and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will create and implement software to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open public access. The project will lower barriers to museum contributions to the DPLA by producing enhanced metadata tools, intellectual property rights decision support tools, and a direct-to-DPLA publishing capacity. Once complete, the service will improve the discoverability of museum collections, provide an efficient open network via the DPLA and other digital initiatives, and enhance library holdings by providing additional context for patrons.
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and DuraSpace will foster a greatly expanded network of open-access, content-hosting "hubs" that will enable discovery and interoperability, as well as the reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world. At the core of this transformative network are advanced digital repositories that not only empower local institutions with new asset management capabilities, but also connect their data and collections. Currently, DPLA's hubs, libraries, archives, and museums more broadly use aging, legacy software that was never intended or designed for use in an interconnected way, or for contemporary web needs. The three partners will engage in a major development of the community-driven open source Hydra project to provide these hubs with a new all-in-one solution, which will also allow countless other institutions to easily join the national digital platform.
Old Dominion University and the Internet Archive will collaborate to develop tools and techniques for integrating "storytelling" social media and web archiving. Services such as Archive-It (archive-it.org) allow libraries, archives and museums to develop, curate, and preserve collections of web resources. At the same time, storytelling is becoming a popular technique in social media for selecting representative tweets, videos, web pages, etc. and arranging them in chronological order to support a particular narrative or "story." Tools such as Storify (storify.com) provide an easy interface for users to arrange web resources to create a story. The partners will use information retrieval techniques to (semi-)automatically generate stories summarizing a collection and mine existing public stories as a basis for librarians, archivists, and curators to create collections about breaking events.
This planning project, led by Tufts University, will bring together experts from disability services with librarians, IT professionals, advocates, and legal counsel to develop work plans for shared infrastructure, within which universities can support their students with disabilities. Disability accommodations frequently include altering course content to make it accessible. Repository services are needed to enable schools to deposit their own accessible digital files, use files from other institutions, and reduce the number of searches required for content discovery. Using focus groups, working groups, a stakeholder colloquy, and an advisory board for guidance, the project will result in a white paper summarizing findings, a work plan for creating repository services and a paper to submit for publication. The intention is to create specifications and a business model that will complement existing platforms and services.
WGBH, with the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the WGBH Education Foundation and the Library of Congress, will develop a National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) project to train residents and develop curriculum for an increasingly critical area of digital preservation, the preservation of audiovisual materials. The AAPB NDSR project will place residents at diverse geographic public television and radio stations across the country and thus expand the locally based NDSR model to a national level. The project will also provide important information and lay the groundwork for a virtual national NDSR fellowship program.
Brooklyn Public Library, in partnership with the Metropolitan New York Library Council, New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, and the Data & Society Research Institute, will promote digital privacy and data literacy among library professionals. This collaboration will bring together librarians, policy advocates, technologists, and the communities they all serve to further advance libraries and librarians as leaders in bridging not just the digital divide but also the privacy digital divide. Individuals with the greatest digital literacy needs are also the most vulnerable to abuses of personal data. Libraries and librarians are uniquely positioned to prepare all patrons for the privacy challenges brought about by the pervasiveness of data sharing, profiling, collection, and surveillance technologies.
The Mozilla Foundation, in collaboration with The Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School, will refine and launch an open source curriculum, training, tools, and credentials for a library audience to learn web literacy skills and develop digital competencies. The project intends to empower library staff to provide patrons with opportunities to develop the digital skills they need for better success in such areas as education, workforce development, and civic engagement. The project will first identify core digital literacy badges for library professionals that include technical and 21st century skills aligned with Mozilla's Web Literacy Map. The team will pilot the resources in five public library systems representing geographic, demographic, and experiential diversity. Emphasis will be placed on underserved communities, and populations will be selected for testing. In addition, one school of library information studies will also be selected to test curriculum, training, and credentials
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) will conduct a formative assessment research project to capture and analyze the diversity of the National Digital Stewardship Residents experience across five related programs. By the summer of 2016, 40graduates of library and information science master's programs will have completed IMLS National Digital Stewardship Residencies in select institutions across the U.S. The residents' experiences have varied widely according to the type and size of institution in which they are based, the collection formats with which they work, and the approach to education and training taken by the teams of professionals responsible for their cohorts. The research team will produce a final report making recommendations to inform funders, professional organizations, and future hosts of and applicants to programs developed from the NDSR model.
Creative Commons in collaboration with partners the American Library Association, the California State University System and the Digital Public Library of America, will design, develop, and deliver a professional development and continuing education certification program for librarians. The certificate will help librarians acquire Creative Commons knowledge and skills leading to increased capacity, services, and support for a wide range of 21st century library functions associated with Open Access (OA), open data, Open Educational Resources (OER), and public domain materials. The Creative Commons certificate for librarians will include both a modular set of learning materials that can be used independently for informal learning, and a formal, structured, and facilitated certificate the can be taken for official certification.
The New York Public Library (NYPL), in close collaboration with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), and 19 partner libraries and library consortia from across the country will expand and provide outreach for the Library Simplified open source eBook platform. Through this work, the partners aim to unify and improve the eBook borrowing and reading experience for library users across the country. The project directly supports technology development and implementation of the Open eBooks initiative, an effort to make eBooks available to children and youth from low-income families. The project also supports a broader strategy to enhance open source software tools for public library systems across the country to provide access to eBooks.
The New York Botanical Garden, Harvard Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Smithsonian Institution Libraries, as part of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), will work to position BHL as an on-ramp for biodiversity content providers interested in contributing to the national digital library infrastructure through the Digital Public Library of America. The project will work to: 1) expand public access to biodiversity literature; 2) onboard at least one hundred new small organizations (libraries, museums, societies and publishers) into providing content through the network; 3) serve as a model for national "subject-based" content hubs; and 4) develop processes that will ensure long-term biodiversity contributions to the Digital Public Library of America. Project activities will include training and quality control for content providers, national outreach to engage the broader community, and system enhancements to BHL's existing digital infrastructure.
Stanford University Libraries, with partners University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Harvard University, University of California, Irvine, and Metropolitan New York Library Council, will significantly improve ePADD, an open-source software package that supports archival processes around the appraisal, ingest, processing, discovery, and delivery of email archives. Email archives present a singular window into contemporary history; however, they are often inaccessible to researchers due to screening, processing, and access challenges, as well as the sheer volume of material. The first phase of development was a proof-of-concept for using natural language processing, automated metadata extraction, and other batch processes to support archival workflows and provide access to otherwise hidden cultural heritage materials. This second phase of development will seek to greatly expand the program's scalability, usability, and feature set. Broad adoption of ePADD will be promoted through stakeholder interviews, expanded user testing, UI enhancements, and community engagement.
The university's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media will extend the core functionality of Omeka S by more fully integrating linked open data in digital collections, and creating new modes of access and dissemination through other platforms. The center will develop and support several deliverables: a basic resource description template; three linked open data and controlled authority modules; a social media sharing module; and several developer training workshops. Key outcomes include increasing the integration of LOD authority files in metadata for digital collections; the ability of cultural heritage organizations to implement their own local controlled authorities; the likelihood that new metadata for digital collections can be smoothly transferred to key aggregators of the national digital platform; the ease of circulation for digital cultural heritage collections through web and social media platforms; and the technical capacity of library, archive, and museum staff.
The Internet Archive, working with partner organizations, University of North Texas, Rutgers University, and Stanford University Library will undertake a two-year research project to explore techniques that can expand national web archiving capacity in several areas. The project aims to build a foundation for collaborative technology development, improved systems interoperability, and an Application Programming Interface (API) based model for enhanced access to, and research use of, web archives. The project will outline successful community models for cooperative technology development work; it will prototype and test API-based interoperability; and it will explore how interoperability can enable new access models, improve discoverability, and expand shared digital services. In working with the Archive-It platform, now used by more than 350 partner institutions, results of this research will be directly applicable to libraries, archives, and museums around the country and the world.
WGBH, in partnership with Pop-Up Archive, will address the challenges faced by many libraries and archives trying to provide better online access to their media collections. This 30-month research project will explore and test technological and social approaches for metadata creation by leveraging scalable computation and engaging the public to improve access through crowdsourcing games for time-based media. The project will support several related areas of research and testing, including: speech-to-text and audio analysis tools to transcribe and analyze almost 40,000 hours of digital audio from the American Archive of Public Broadcasting; open source web-based tools to improve transcripts and descriptive data by engaging the public in a crowdsourced, participatory cataloging project; and creating and distributing data sets to provide a public database of audiovisual metadata for use by other projects.
Amherst College, in conjunction with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, the Mukurtu project, and the Digital Public Library of America, will work together to develop a framework for sharing, exploring, and visualizing Native-authored library and archival collections. The project will bring together Native Studies scholars; Native librarians; tribal historians; representatives from libraries with large Native-authored collections; metadata, digital humanities, and user interface specialists; and technologists to expand and improve culturally appropriate access to Native digital collections and to create collaborative digital humanities scholarship that accurately represents Native American intellectual networks.
The University of Maryland's College of Information Studies, in partnership with the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, will use a planning grant to support a meeting to develop specific plans for facilitating virtual reunification of dispersed photograph and image collections. The meeting will bring together archivists, technologists, humanists, and other stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of investigating virtual reunification as an additional social and technological service atop the basic aggregations provided by national-scale digital platforms.
OCLC will work with the Digital Public Library of America, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the Public Library Association, and Association for Library Collections & Technical Services to conduct a nationwide survey of public libraries and state library agencies. The survey will identify the extent to which public libraries have or have not digitized unique collections, the obstacles that are preventing digitization, and the opportunities and partnerships that can accelerate digitization. This one-year collaborative planning project will result in a report with data that will serve as a baseline for measuring the success of future work to increase public library participation in the national digital platform. The findings and recommendations will also help public libraries, funders, service providers, and state library agencies determine how to work cooperatively to support the digitization of collections.
California Polytechnic State University, in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin, will run a one-year planning and research project that will culminate in a forum on software preservation in support of cultural heritage organizations missions. The forum will solicit community input and build consensus around future steps for a national strategy for software preservation. The project team and partners will work to identify potential partners, explore licensing issues, gather empirical evidence for the need for software preservation, draft technical architecture specifications, and develop plans for sustaining a national effort. These activities will be in service of building community consensus on the best software preservation organizational model, to be implemented after this planning project.
George Mason University's Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) will partner with Ideum and the University of Connecticut's Digital Media Center (UConn DMC) to develop "Omeka Everywhere," a set of software packages including mobile and touch table applications and collections viewer templates, which will improve museums' collection accessibility to visitors by offering a simple, cost-effective solution for connecting onsite web content and in-gallery multisensory experiences. "Omeka Everywhere" will streamline the workflows for creating and sharing digital content with online and onsite visitors, demonstrate how institutions of all sizes and budgets can implement next-generation computer exhibit elements into current and new exhibition spaces, and empower smaller museums to rethink what is possible to implement on a shoestring budget.
Ford’s Theatre Society will plan and pilot a nationwide effort to digitize evidence of local responses to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the end of the Civil War. The 150th anniversary of these two seminal events in American history will occur in 2015. For the second phase of the project, the Society will invite the general public to submit local responses to the assassination through an Internet interface. The digital collection of artifacts will be made available to Ford’s Theatre visitors through an online exhibition. In this way, the Society will connect visitors with digital artifacts from their own state or hometown historical societies and libraries and create capacity to build partnerships with diverse historic sites and libraries.