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The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management proposes to develop, pilot test, and release a beta version of a network service where libraries can share Open Educational Resources (OER) alongside local evaluation and course alignment data for each resource. Faculty across library systems and states will then be able to access these data as they search for resources and plan their courses. This project seeks to expand the amount of curriculum-aligned OER while decreasing the amount of time and resources needed for librarians to curate and maintain OER collections. Working with library consortia partners, the project will design and pilot a network service that makes it possible to exchange peer-reviewed and curriculum-aligned OER across multiple institutional repositories.
In partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Digital Scriptorium (DS), a consortium of 34 institutional members representing American libraries and museums across the United States, will plan the redevelopment of DS's current digital platform to create a new digital infrastructure based on linked open data technologies. The objective of this project is to transform the digital platform into an inclusive, open access, online national union catalog of pre-modern manuscripts housed in U.S. collections. This planning phase will achieve the following four goals: 1. refine the purpose and scope of DS 2.0, 2. develop the DS 2.0 data model, 3. create a plan for technological sustainability, and 4. create a plan for financial sustainability. It also will serve as a model for how to rebuild an outdated digital project into a viable and sustainable platform.
ArtCenter College of Design proposes to scale and expand national guidelines for archives and special collections in fostering access for people with disabilities by adding new guidelines that address technology design. It is a collaboration with the Society of American Archivists Accessibility and Disability Section and the Braille Institute. The proposal seeks to include: 1. an initial symposium to gather relevant experts and stakeholders to help refine the scope of work; 2. a core development phase to identify and develop emerging best practices via studio-based working groups that include technology design faculty and students collaborating with archival professionals and disability experts in developing technology prototypes that address access challenges; 3. an expanded set of Guidelines for Accessible Archives for People with Disabilities; and 4. additional documentation, such as a website.
Robert Morris University and Wayne State University will plan for and develop a Community of Practice from small- and mid-sized academic libraries interested in pursuing transformative Open Access (OA) agreements. The community will engage its members using Human-Centered Design to gain an understanding of the collective interests it possesses to advance best practices, an environmental scan, and lessons learned in coalescing as a group. This project will result in a community that represents a critical mass of institutions with sufficient publishing output and negotiating power to speak with one voice. By exploring collectively held needs, facilitating conversations to identify possibilities for collaborative action, and articulating best practices, the project team will identify the communities' aspirations and plan next steps that will be disseminated via a white paper and a national workshop. The resulting Community of Practice is expected to remain in place beyond the award period of performance.
Ithaka S+R will research how digital preservation and curation systems are developed, deployed, and sustained. Using case studies, the project team will examine: 1. how community-based initiatives develop sufficient capital and agility to thrive in sectors that include for-profit competitors and 2. how sustained engagement with the funder community alters programmatic guidelines or investment strategies and if engagement improves outcomes. The team will analyze the business approaches of community-based and commercial initiatives, offer lessons learned through case studies, and propose alternative sustainability models for long-term maintenance and development.
The American Philosophical Society, in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Library Company of Philadelphia, proposes Revolutionary City: A Portal to the Nation's Founding - a pilot project that brings together educators, archivists, and digital humanists to design an online portal that will connect collections related to the American Revolution. The proposal is presented in the spirit of the upcoming United States Semiquincentennial in 2026. The portal will serve as a one-stop shop for scholars, teachers, students, and the public to learn about the diverse stories of the American Revolution from the perspective of the residents of America's revolutionary city.
The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign proposes a national forum on privacy and security, enabling experts to collaborate with public library representatives in an exploratory study to gather, learn, and discuss what technological mechanisms are in place to protect the nation's public library patrons' privacy. More specifically, this project will seek to identify the existence and absence of privacy protecting technologies (software and/or hardware) in public library systems of all sizes, considering the differences in comparing smaller rural vs. larger urban public library systems and what unique challenges they face. The results of this project will impact the capacity of library staff and patrons to access and engage with online content while protecting user privacy and library system integrity.
The University of Wisconsin (UW) Law Library - in partnership with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians, the UW Law School Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center, the National Indian Law Library, and the Open Law Library - will develop The Digital Publication of Tribal Laws Pilot Project. The project will develop an open law library platform that will empower libraries to improve access to tribal laws published into the public domain. It will demonstrate the benefits of the combined platforms for tribes, their members, academia, the legal profession, and the public by creating a fully functional tribal legal ecosystem. This ecosystem will comprise: two independent tribes using the publishing platform to publish their laws in standardized formats without copyright or contractual use restrictions; and two independent libraries using the library platform to incorporate those laws, and future updates, into their open access digital repositories. This functionality will enable all library users to search current laws of multiple tribes through curated, federated collections.
The University of Idaho and Kansas State University will plan for a web application and service that will be designed to be modular, portable, flexible, multi-modal, and capable of providing an open source extension to improve search and discovery of agricultural and environmental information. The central question is, "How can academic institutions apply new technologies in data search, storage, retrieval, and cross-referencing to make scientific data easier to find and re-use?" The team will investigate the integration of two existing agricultural databases as a demonstration of how to broadly improve existing scholarly literature databases, in particular by piloting how metadata fields for location-based search can be applied to article databases. These results can enhance findability, article classification, geo-referencing, and further integration between systems well beyond the two case study databases.
The California Digital Library - in collaboration with OCLC and the University of Virginia Library, and in close partnership with LYRASIS and state/regional aggregators - will conduct a research and demonstration project to build the foundation for a national archival finding aid network. Building on a 2018-2019 planning initiative, this project will leverage community engagement to move toward a unified, inclusive, comprehensive, and stable national finding aid network. Work will take place in parallel across multiple focus areas, including: research investigating end-user and contributor needs in relation to finding aid aggregations and evaluating the quality of existing finding aid data; technical assessments of potential systems to support network functions and formulating system requirements for a minimum viable product instantiation of the network; and community building, sustainability planning, and governance modeling to support subsequent phases moving from a project to a program for sustainability beyond this award's period of performance.
LYRASIS will lead the creation and piloting of a dynamic, flexible suite of tools to plan and manage sustainability for open source software (OSS) initiatives serving cultural and scientific heritage organizations. The tools will be designed around the 2018 "It Takes A Village" framework for assessment and planning created through an IMLS-supported award. OSS supports mission-critical functions that provide public access to content and information. Maintaining digital infrastructures built from OSS requires continuous attention to sustainability; however, initiative sustainability plans rarely exist for OSS programs serving cultural or scientific heritage. Through this community-interactive tool development and piloting, the project will strengthen the ability of libraries, archives, and museums to sustain community-supported OSS programs, which are critical to managing and growing national digital infrastructures and initiatives.
Harvard University will use a National Forum grant to advance work that ensures software citation supports authors, preservationists, and users alike. While software is essential to scholarly research, it is frequently uncited, resulting in situations where software is difficult to find, access, and build upon in the future. The project team will plan and hold a workshop with participants representing many forms of labor and expertise to discuss the barriers to properly citing software and will develop a specific plan of action to address software citation implementation to all relevant communities.
Indiana University, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Virginia Tech will address the challenge of curating data produced during interdisciplinary and highly collaborative research, defined as research that integrates resources and expertise across disciplines and institutional settings. The project will engage with nine diverse interdisciplinary use cases through four iterative stages: 1. assessing current data practices, 2. developing automated and "human-in-the-loop" workflows, 3. implementing workflows by use case teams, and 4. engaging graduate students and professional experts to collaboratively evaluate the project. Ultimately, this work will generate deep knowledge of data practices in interdisciplinary research, engage the library and archives communities in collaborative development and evaluation, and enhance the long-term sustainability of these complex datasets and their necessary infrastructures.
The African American Research Library and Cultural Center - in partnership with Shift Design, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Spelman College Archives, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland - will hold a national forum called "Archiving the Black Web". The forum will focus on strategies for collecting and preserving Black history and culture online as well as building a support community for Black cultural heritage collections interested in web archiving. The culturally relevant yet highly ephemeral nature of web-published content by and about Black people is at risk of being lost forever or left to a fate of benign neglect. This national dialogue will create the infrastructure and framework for the future of documenting the web presence of Black history and culture.
The DuraSpace Community Supported Programs at LYRASIS will develop, pilot, and document migration tools and paths to upgrade the repository software Fedora 3, which is widely used but no longer supported, to Fedora 6. Hundreds of U.S. libraries and archives use Fedora 3 repository software to preserve and deliver scholarly, scientific, and cultural heritage resources and services to patrons, often including unique digital content. Continued community reliance on Fedora 3 puts the stability, security, accessibility, and functionality of these repositories at risk. The community identified migration tools and documentation during a planning project as important resources to support Fedora 3 upgrade and migration processes, which are necessary to sustain repositories that provide critical access to digital collections. Pilot migrations will be conducted and documented for two Fedora 3 repositories; a toolkit then will be shared through training programs to support broad community adoption.
The California Digital Library, in collaboration with Crossref and DataCite, will develop and implement a sustainable curation model for the Research Organization Registry (ROR). ROR is a community-led project to develop an open, sustainable, usable, and unique persistent identifier for every research organization in the world so that the research community can more efficiently discover and track research outputs across institutions and funding bodies. With IMLS funds, the project team will develop a community-based curation model to sustain the registry long-term by establishing a curation advisory board; supporting a curation coordinator; and completing technical work to enable curation tasks.