Digital Repositories, the Data Set of the Humanities

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Digital repositories as both the source and repository for humanities scholarship.

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  • 1. Digital Repositories: The Dataset of the Humanities Greg ColatiArchives, Special Collections and Digital Curation, UConn Libraries Digital Media/Innovative Collaborations Storrs, CT April 5, 2013
  • 2. Cyberinfrastructure and the Cultural Record“Digital cultural heritage resources are a fundamental dataset for the humanities… … combined with computer networks and softwaretools, [they] now shape the way that scholars discover and make sense of the human record… … [and] the way their findings are communicated to students, colleagues, and the general public”"The Report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure forthe Humanities and Social Sciences." American Council of Learned Societies (2006).2 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 3. The Dilemma of Modern Scholarship How do we insure that resources thatsupport scholarship and research that exist in digital form today, will reliably exist and be discoverable in the future? ? 2013 2??? 3 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 4. Digital Repositories store and organize data… Digital representations of analog originals Born digital objects with no “original” analog form  Still Images  Data Sets  Documents  Moving Images  Complex objects 4 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 5. .. allow it to be used in one environment… The British Library URL: http://www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/leonardo/leonardo_broadband.htm
  • 6. … re-used in another. The British Library URL: http://www.bl.uk/ebooktreasures/
  • 7. Four “–ity”s of the Digital Repository Sustainability  The digital object can be maintained and accessed over time Authenticity  Digital object is reliably true to the original Interoperability  The ability of one standards-based object to be used in any other standards-based system Reusability  Objects can be used in ways not related to original purpose 7 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 8. Reuse http://neatline.org
  • 9. Mash up http://viewshare.org/
  • 10. Tell a Story http://Omeka.org
  • 11. Non-consumptive analysis11 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 12. Everything can be data…"When it was made simple, counted in bits, informationwas found to be everywhere" -James Gleick, The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood (2011)"It is not just about the data, it is about the story" -Arianna Huffington (2012) … and used to tell a story. 12 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 13. Five Equations of the Cultural Record (2013) Content = Data Analog = Non-existent Unconnecte = Invisible d Reusable = Valuable Storytelling = Visualization13 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 10/31/2012
  • 14. National/International Aggregators14 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 15. A Few Regional or Statewide Aggregators15 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 16. The Digital Repository:Not just for published works, for YOUR work: Research data Pre- and post- prints Collateral data not included in final products The raw material of scholarship 16 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 17. The Digital StacksManaged Storage:Data storage accessed by the data owner through amanagement interface provided by a unit that providestools for data management including: metadata management (descriptions and keywords) rules-based discovery and use either locally or externally visualization preservation services (e.g. fixity checking, migration, redundancy, versioning)In other words: a Library 17 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 10/31/2012
  • 18. The Digital AtticUnmanaged Storage:Provided through a network share or other connectionto a space where: the content owner has complete responsibility for the content. No automated preservation or management tools Usually supported by some form of backup and disaster recovery. 18 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 19. Why Use a Digital Repository? If your data:  Has long-term value for scholarship or reuse  Will be accessed by people external to your project/department/UConn Managed storage services provide:  Rules-based access to a variety of audiences  A set of basic discovery and presentation tools  Custom access and management tools based on Open APIs  Persistent and citable unique identifiers (Handles, DOIs) 19 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 20. UConn Digital Repository Services Available Fall 2013 Homer Babbidge Library and Archives and Special Collections at the Dodd Center Value added digital library services Centrally managed and curated storage for all disciplines UConn Repository Services are provided through the Connecticut Digital Archive, a partnership between UConn Archives and Special Collections and the Connecticut State Library, and hosted at the Homer Babbidge Library 20 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 21. 2013-14 Content Concentrations • University Archives Special Collections • Manuscript Collections • Selected Early Research Adopters Data • Library Supported • GIS Data Sets MAGIC • Map resourcesUConn Repository Services UConn • Any contentare provided through the DigitalConnecticut Digital Archive Humanities • Any tools 21 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 22. Additional Service Offerings Digital capture and reformatting Metadata creation for new content Legacy content migration Legacy metadata migration Custom presentation interfaces 22 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013
  • 23. Questions?Greg ColatiSenior Director, University Archives, SpecialCollections, and Digital CurationThomas J. Dodd Research CenterUniversity of Connecticut Libraries860-486-4501gregory.colati@uconn.edu 23 Digital Media Innovative Collaborations 4/4/2013