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Overview of HathiTrust. Part of the program "Large-Scale Digital Initiatives," held at Colby College on February 24, 2012.

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  1. 1. HATHITRUSTHTTP://WWW.HATHITRUST.ORGLarge-Scale Digital Initiatives and their potentialimpact on the Maine Shared Collections StrategyColby CollegeFebruary 24, 2012
  2. 2. MISSION The mission of HathiTrust is to contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.
  3. 3. GOALS To build a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co- owned and managed by a number of academic institutions. To dramatically improve access to these materials in ways that, first and foremost, meet the needs of the co-owning institutions. To help preserve these important human records by creating reliable and accessible electronic representations. To stimulate redoubled efforts to coordinate shared storage strategies among libraries, thus reducing long-term capital and operating costs of libraries associated with the storage and care of print collections. To create and sustain this “public good” in a way that mitigates the problem of free-riders. To create a technical framework that is simultaneously responsive to members through the centralized creation of functionality and sufficiently open to the creation of tools and services not created by the central organization.
  4. 4. NUMBERS* 10,094,778 total volumes 5,341,587 book titles 265,840 serial titles 2,778,690 volumes (~28% of total) in the public domain 60+ partners*As of February 21, 2012
  5. 5. DATES AND LANGUAGES More than 40 languages are represented Top 10: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Arabic, Latin Publication dates range from pre-1500 to 2009  Bulk of holdings (~63%) published between 1960-2009
  6. 6. SOURCES AND FORMATS Libraries  Google-digitized material  Internet Archive / Microsoft – digitized material  In-house digitized material University Press digitized material Currently includes text materials (PDF) Future plans:  Digital audio materials  Digital images (maps, photographs)  Digitally created open access journals
  10. 10. PRESERVATION Committed to preservation (was the basis for the formation of HathiTrust)  Certified Trusted Digital Repository Use of standard and open content formats that meet community-accepted digital preservation standards “Rigorous” validation of content upon ingest Regular checks on integrity of stored content
  11. 11. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE GRANT? Right now:  No grant partners are HathiTrust partners  HathiTrust full-text index is available through Summon; this could be turned on in Maine’s OneSearch  Public domain items, items under Creative Commons licenses are available for viewing, some may be downloaded one page at a time  Issues with Google scans (may be available to fully download in Google Books) Partnership possibilities  Some grant partners are looking into joining HathiTrust  Individuals affiliated with partner institutions can download full-PDFs of all public domain works, plus works made available under Creative Commons licenses  Partners can also contribute their own digitized material, if it complies with UMich digitization standards.
  12. 12. ADDITIONAL GRANT IMPLICATIONS Digital availability is one factor being considered in retention decisions (re: number of copies) Print on demand availability Distributed Print Monographs archive