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The Connecticut Digital Archive

  1. 1. The Connecticut Digital Archive: A Repository for Digital Culture Greg Colati, University of Connecticut October 22, 2012
  2. 2. Why the CTDA? Connecticut’s digital cultural heritage is:  Ephemeral  Fragmented  Not easily discoverable or reusable
  3. 3. What is the CTDA? An idea and a plan for a service that will provide:  digital preservation and curation for permanently valuable digital assets for cultural heritage institutions in Connecticut  a general point of access for resources about Connecticut that is open and available to all  Instructions for building services using its resources  Tools to manage digital assets
  4. 4. Who is the CTDA?Currently a loose association of interested institutionswith seed funding from:
  5. 5. NEH Foundations GrantApplication pending, notification in March 2013 Engage interested organizations across the state Develop the organizational framework for a state- wide digital repository Four workgroups:  Governance  Access/Use  Content/Scope  Technical Platform Produce an organizational handbook Plan for implementation Prototype infrastructure
  6. 6. Example Content Owners/Relationships •Archives and Manuscripts •InstitutionalCentral: Repository Local:• Program Administration •Research Data • Management• Technical Infrastructure • Presentation• Governance •State Publications •Archival Records• Working groups MAGI •Map Resources C/CSD •Geographic Data S Sets •Curated CT Resources: •Historical Societies •Libraries •Museums, etc. •Colleges Other •Museums Partner •Libraries s •Any content provider
  7. 7. Example Presentation Layers CTDA general portal CHO Connecticu t history.org State CTDA Librar y Custom portalsData supplied to consumer Data/presentation supplied for consumer
  8. 8. Partner FrameworkInformation UniverseRe-use and exchange External aggregators and direct links Metadata Digital ObjectsPresentation (Access) LayerCTDA CHO Others… Others…Management Layer Management: CTDA Management: Partner Management: OthersRepository (Preservation) LayerPolicies, Controls, Preservation Activities CTDA Repository
  9. 9. Current NEH Foundations Grantparticipants: Connecticut State Library University of Connecticut Mystic Seaport Museum Connecticut Historical Society Trinity College Hartford History Center Capital Community College Barnum Museum Western Connecticut State University American Antiquarian Society
  10. 10. Goals Short Term: (1 – 2 years)  Build the organizational and technical infrastructure  Identify participants  Pilot test system and collections Near Term (2 - 4 years)  Secure permanent funding for digital cultural heritage preservation  Load data from participating organizations  Open to the public  Connect the CTDA to national and international data aggregators like the Digital Public Library of America Long Term (now until ????)  Preserve Connecticut culture for future generations
  11. 11. Join Us!
  12. 12. Greg ColatiSr. Director, Archives, Special Collections and Digital CurationUniversity of Connecticutgregory.colati@uconn.edu

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