The Darwin Project collaborated with the Cambridge Digital Library to publish images of about 1,200 letters exchanged between Charles Darwin and Joseph Dalton Hooker. There are more than 5,000 images in the collection.
No single set of letters was more important to Darwin than those exchanged with the botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911). Their letters account for around 10% of Darwin’s surviving correspondence and provide a structure within which all the other letters can be explored. They are a connecting thread that spans forty years of Darwin’s mature working life from 1843 until his death in 1882, and bring into sharp focus every aspect of Darwin’s scientific work throughout that period. They illuminate the mutual friendships he and Hooker shared with other scientists, but they also provide a window of unparalleled intimacy into the personal lives of the two men.
Major Maine Libraries, Public and Academic, Collaborate on Print Archiving Project
LJ excerpt: “Eight of Maine’s largest libraries, both public and academic, are about halfway through a major and distinctive project for the shared management and archiving of their print collections and the integration of digital editions into a statewide catalog”
Excerpt: “Washington, DC. . . Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero announced today that the National Archives, as a leading content provider to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will help launch its first pilot project.
The DPLA is a large-scale, collaborative project across government, research institutions, museums, libraries and archives to build a digital library platform to make America’s cultural and scientific history free and publicly available anytime, anywhere, online through a single access point.”
Excerpt “By the beginning of the 21st century, several trends in the evolution of libraries had emerged-collaboration was a key to survival; technology would play an integral role; library as “place” would supersede a warehouse function; and digitization would prevail.
In this article I want to explore two experiments that represent the perfect interweaving of these trends-HathiTrust (hathitrust.org) and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA; dp.la). These experiments in shared systems, metadata, and digitized content represent projects of a grand and grander scale. While there is no guarantee that either of these projects will be around, at least in current manifestation, it is almost certain that within 15 years their models will provide guidance for any large-scale library ventures of the future.”
“2012 brought to a close the initial 5-year charter period that HathiTrust was granted by its founding institutions. 5 years later, the collaborative is stronger than ever. More than 70 academic and research institutions from around the world participate in HathiTrust, supporting a digital repository of 10.6 million volumes and a host of shared activities, all geared toward the provision of greater access to the scholarly and cultural record, more secure preservation, and greater research opportunities for our constituencies than we have ever had before. As we launch into a new year, and a new stage of HathiTrust, it is worthwhile to reflect on our progress and achievements in 2012. These include:
• A significant legal victory and affirmation of Fair Use in the case of Authors Guild v. HathiTrust
• Many new partners and a new governance structure
• A steady stream of technological improvements and enhancements
• Development of new services and infrastructure
• Continued engagement with our community in the form of presentations, discussions, and the HathiTrust Research Center Uncamp
A recap of activities in these areas and more can be read in the review, attached, and also available on our website:
Please share this information widely.”
on behalf of the HathiTrust Communications Working Group
Faculty and student research at University of North Carolina will now be archived through BioMed Central, adding security and discoverability to UNC science-based research results.
I have a Google Scholar alert set up to help me find new items concerning collaboration in libraries. This morning, these two things popped up.
Report from the Fondazione Rinascimento Digitale – What might the future be for international collaboration in digital scholarship and preservation?
Over the last decade and a half there has been impressive progress in building digital collections and preserving important cultural heritage information both in digitizing and more recently in capturing born digital content. Yet the pace of publishing has outstripped the traditional library model and capacity for keeping up with collecting and preserving important content. Simply stated the traditional model cannot scale to keep pace with the vast amount of information being created. What can be done about it? Is there an international approach? What will the future hold for digital scholarship and preservation depends on actions that can be formulated and executed today to address the future.
Book – William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media A bit of the book is also in Google Books.
William Blake’s work demonstrates two tendencies that are central to social media: collaboration and participation. Not only does Blake cite and adapt the work of earlier authors and visual artists, but contemporary authors, musicians, and filmmakers feel compelled to use Blake in their own creative acts. This book identifies and examines Blake’s work as a social and participatory network, a phenomenon described as zoamorphosis, which encourages — even demands — that others take up Blake’s creative mission. The authors rexamine the history of the digital humanities in relation to the study and dissemination of Blake’s work: from alternatives to traditional forms of archiving embodied by Blake’s citation on Twitter and Blakean remixes on YouTube, smartmobs using Blake’s name as an inspiration to protest the 2004 Republican National Convention, and students crowdsourcing reading and instruction in digital classrooms to better understand and participate in Blake’s world. The book also includes a consideration of Blakean motifs that have created artistic networks in music, literature, and film in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries, showing how Blake is an ideal exemplar for understanding creativity in the digital age.
“David Rosenthal has made preprints of two important new papers available. One is called “Economics of Long Term Digital Storage” and is available at http://www.lockss.org/locksswp/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/unesco2012.pdf
This paper extends his earlier work on the costs of long-term digital storage; I heard a summary of the findings at the Library of Congress sponsored Storage Architectures Symposium last week, and I think it’s definitely the most sophisticated model we have to to date of these costs. I’m very hopeful that David will be able to join us for the fall CNI member meeting to present (and perhaps even update) these findings.
The second paper looks at LOCKSS in conjunction with various cloud architectures, and actually offers a great deal of insight into the value of clouds for digital preservation more generally. It includes some of the first analysis I’ve seen of Amazon’s new Glacier long-term storage option as part of a digital preservation strategy.
The paper can be found here: http://www.lockss.org/locksswp/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/LC-final-2012.pdf
Readers may also find David’s blog at http://blog.dshr.org/ helpful for more background on these two papers, and David’s work more broadly.
In the UK, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has recently made available a report titled “Curation in the Cloud” which describes a number of experimental projects that are underway in the UK to help understand how cloud technologies interact with digital preservation. The announcement and a pointer to the report proper can be found at http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/preservation/CurationCloud.aspx“