Category: hathitrust research center

2015 HathiTrust Annual Member Mtg

This week I am in Chicago, IL for the HathiTrust Annual Members Meeting as well as some side meetings for the HT Program Steering Committee and the HT Board. We will be talking about the latest accomplishments of the HathiTrust Research Center as well as work that we have done in the Scholar’s Commons and Scholarly Commons at Indiana University and the University of Illinois Libraries. We are meeting in the Big 10 Center in Rosemont which is a great place for a meeting.

See below my action shot of @mikefurlough Executive Director of the HathiTrust.

ER&L 2015 Closing Keynote

Yesterday I was in Austin, TX to give the closing keynote for the ER&L 2015 Conference. I hated that I could not get to town sooner to take in more of the conference. Especially, the big discovery panel and the talk from Marshall Breeding (open source central index – now that is a cool idea). However, I did get into town (sans luggage) to give the closing keynote and I had a blast. Below are my slides from the talk and I will work to put up the full stream soon.

I will get to attend the exciting new conference Designing for Digital (#Design4Lib) happening today and will have more on that event soon at this blog.

ALA MidWinter Meeting 2015

Recently we were in Chicago for the ALA Midwinter Meeting. I had the opportunity to attend the Big Heads Collection Development Meeting. I was on hand to discuss developments with the Hathitrust Research Center and the 2015 HTRC UnCamp (registration is now open) to be held in Ann Arbor, MI on March 30-31, 2015.

In the picture below you will see @MikeFurlough, HT Executive Director, discussing latest developments from the HathiTrust Digital Library.

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DPLA Announces Beta Sprint

The Digital Public Library of America announced today their Beta SprintI was just at a meeting with this group in Amsterdam and I am very intrigued by this type of community outreach within their planning process. I am hopeful that many of us working in Digital Library areas and even areas outside of this will be interested in proposing something for this endeavor.

To paraphrase a bit from their call:

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee is delighted to announce today a Beta Sprint that aims to surface innovations that could play a part in the building of a digital public library.

The Beta Sprint seeks, ideas, models, prototypes, technical tools, user interfaces, etc. – put forth as a written statement, a visual display, code, or a combination of forms – that demonstrate how the DPLA might index and provide access to a wide range of broadly distributed content. The Beta Sprint also encourages development of submissions that suggest alternative designs or that focus on particular parts of the system, rather than on the DPLA as a whole.

See more: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/dpla

Press Release: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/newsroom/Digital_Public_Library_America_Beta_Sprint

 

HathiTrust Research Center Announced

On Monday of this week Indiana University and the University of Illinois announced the creation of the HathiTrust Research Center. Our press release states that:

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) will enable open access for nonprofit and educational users to published works in the public domain stored within HathiTrust, an extensive collaborative digital library of more than 8 million volumes and 2 billion pages of archived material maintained by major research institutions and libraries worldwide.

Leveraging data storage infrastructure at Indiana University and computational resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the HTRC will provision a secure computational and data environment for scholars to perform research using the HathiTrust Digital Repository. The center will break new ground in the areas of text mining and non-consumptive research, allowing scholars to fully utilize content of the HathiTrust Library while preventing intellectual property misuse within the confines of current U.S. copyright law.

For more information please see: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/18245.html

We also got some coverage in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Also listed in Marshall Breeding’s Library Technology Blog.

Also listed in Roy Tennant’s Digital Libraries Blog.