ASCLA-ICAN Collaborative Digitization Discussion Group at ALA Annual

“Saturday, June 25, 2011 | 4-5:30 in Doubletree Hotel, Crescent B

Join us for conversations about new and ongoing issues and opportunities related to collaborative digitization initiatives across a diverse array of consortia, libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions. This meeting is open to all and will feature a main presentation (see below) and brief project updates from attendees. Please contact Jason Kucsma ( if you would like to be added to the project update agenda.Open Parks Grid Project

Emily Gore, Clemson University| Mike Witt, Purdue University

Emily Gore, Clemson University, and Mike Witt, Purdue University, will discuss the collaborative IMLS-funded Open Parks Grid project.  Gore, the PI and Project Manager, will discuss the partnerships with National and State Parks as well as the digitization and repository development process.  The project’s goal includes the digitization of 3 million bound pages, outsourced via Internet Archive, as well as the in-house digitization of over 150,000 photographs, maps, documents and other archival items from the parks.  The Hubzero Joomla-based platform hooked to a Fedora-based repository is being used for this project, and Co-PI Mike Witt will discuss Purdue’s OAI-ORE development for the Open Parks Grid Hubzero platform. 

The Open Parks Grid project began in November of 2010 and is a 3 year project, partially funded by an IMLS National Leadership grant.  Additional funding for the project comes from Clemson University and the National Parks Service.”

Jason Kucsma
Acting Interim Director & Emerging Technologies Manager
Metropolitan New York Library Council
212.228.2320 x23

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