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Leland Stanford Junior University
Fiscal Year: 
Palo Alto
Recipient Type: 
National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Program Categories: 
National Digital Platform
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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.