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Archive Ingest and Handling Test

The Archive Ingest Handling Test (AIHT) is part of the Library of Congress' National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). The DRCC's AIHT work focuses on the ingestion of the 9/11 archive into DSpace and Fedora, two open-source repository systems. Additionally, the DRCC will examine both format migration and archive transfer issues. Project Team: Sayeed Choudhury, Tim DiLauro, Mark Patton, David Reynolds (Technical Services). Contact: Tim DiLauro. Funded by the Library of Congress. AIHT Documents

Comprehensive Access to Printed Materials (CAPM)

The goal of the CAPM project is to develop efficient (i.e., cost-effective), real-time, enhanced browsing and search capabilities, through a Web browser interface, to off-site materials by using a combination of robotics, automated systems and software. The CAPM team is also considering the potential for the robotic systems to enhance large-scale, semi-automated preservation and treatment of print materials. Essentially, the CAPM team endeavors to develop and modify existing technologies to lower library operating costs while enhancing the quality of service. Funded by the Mellon Foundation (grant ended 2002), a private donor, Minolta Corporation, and the National Science Foundation. Project Team: Greg Chirikjian (Mechanical Engineering Department), Sayeed Choudhury, Georgios Kaloutsakis (Mechanical Engineering Department), Jin Seob Kim (Mechanical Engineering Department), Lee McDaniel (Mechanical Engineering Department), Aris Skleros (Mechanical Engineering Department), Yu Zhou (Mechanical Engineering Department). Contact: Sayeed Choudhury. CAPM project site

A Data Capture Framework and Testbed for Cultural Heritage Materials

This research project will connect the CAPM robotics system with the Gamera document analysis software framework. By focusing primarily on the research and teaching needs of humanists, we will develop a full system for converting, processing, and analyzing content from cultural heritage materials. Our partners, including Oxford University, the University of Edinburgh, the British Library, and Tufts University, will provide digital content to build a testbed of materials that will help refine and further develop Gamera. Funded by the National Science Foundation. Project Team: Greg Chirikjian (Mechanical Engineering Department), Sayeed Choudhury, Tim DiLauro, Michael Droettboom, Steve Nichols (Romance Languages Department), Robert Ferguson, Ichiro Fujinaga (McGill University). Contact: Sayeed Choudhury. Data Capture Framework Documents

Digital Data Curation

The Library Digital Programs is collaborating with the Virtual Observatory to develop strategies for data curation of large-scale, digital astronomy datasets. These data curation activities will result in repository-based processes, tools, and systems that will provide long-term archiving of datasets to support research, learning and dissemination. Project Team: Sayeed Choudhury, Tim DiLauro. Contact: Sayeed Choudhury. Virtual Observatory site

Digital Archiving and Publishing

Staff of the DRCC and Microsoft Research are collaborating to undertake Digital Archiving of Astronomical Data to Support Publication and Long-term Preservation (Data Publishing). Activities will involve developing a repository-based infrastructure that will support the end-to-end process of capturing, curating, preserving, and providing access to all of these data for the long term. This system will build upon existing repository and electronic publishing systems (e.g., Fedora, PubMedCentral, DPubS) and Virtual Observatory web services and data format standards (e.g., FITS). Project Lead: Tim DiLauro. To learn more visit the DRCC Data Publishing site.

Digital Audio Archive Project (DAAP)

This project focuses on the design and creation of an effective and economical workflow management system for digitizing analog audio tapes, and building a web-accessible digital audio library. The overall goal is to reduce the costs associated with building a digital audio library. Strong emphasis will be placed on using best practices, open standards and open-source software. The DRCC will work with Indiana University, who will provide the testbed through a subset of their audio tape collection in the music archives. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Project Team: Teal Anderson, Kristine Brancolini (IU Digital Library Program), Sayeed Choudhury, Tim DiLauro, Jon Dunn (IU Digital Library Program), Michael Fling (IU William and Gayle Cook Music Library), Eugene O’Brien (IU School of Music), Philip Ponella (IU William and Gayle Cook Music Library), Jennifer Riley (IU Digital Library Program), Sue Stancu (IU William and Gayle Cook Music Library), Konrad Strauss (IU School of Music). Contact: Sayeed Choudhury. DAAP Documents

Digital Workflow Management: Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music (Levy 2)

Working with the digital Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music, the DRCC has developed a set of digital workflow management tools including optical music recognition (OMR) and an automated metadata tool. OMR represents the precursor for the Gamera software framework. This workflow management system was developed in an effort to develop semi-automated tools and processes that will reduce the human labor required to digitize and ingest large-scale physical collections. Funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (grants ended 2002). Project Team: Sayeed Choudhury, Tim DiLauro, Michael Droettboom, Cynthia Requardt (Special Collections). Contact: Sayeed Choudhury. Levy 2 Documents


Gamera is a programming framework for building systems that extract information from digitized two-dimensional documents. It has been used to build systems for many different types of documents including sheet music, medieval manuscripts, 18th Century census data, dissertations in mixed scripts and lute tablature. A particular focus has been on the difficult challenges posed by cultural heritage materials. By providing a foundation for others to build upon, we hope to empower the document experts themselves to develop systems with reduced effort. A framework for the creation of structured document analysis applications by domain experts, Gamera combines a programming library with graphical user interface tools for the training and interactive development of recognition systems. To download or learn more about Gamera programming, visit the LDP Gamera project site. Project Team: Michael Droettboom, Robert Ferguson. Contact: Michael Droettboom. Gamera project discussion

Sakai Project at JHU

The Sheridan Libraries, in collaboration with IT@JH, participates in the Sakai Educational Partners Program (SEPP), a community of higher education institutions that will develop an open-source, open-standards collaboration and learning environment (CLE). This CLE, known as Sakai, will offer features and tools to support electronic and distance learning, and collaboration for work groups or teams. Given its flexible design and open nature, Sakai provides the capability to integrate new services and features within a course management environment, and preserve the digital content that supports learning. Executive Sponsors: Sayeed Choudhury, Mike McCarty (IT@JH). Core Project Team: Alice Brainerd (IT@JH), Sayeed Choudhury, Mark Cyzyk (IT@JH), Jim Martino. Contact: Jim Martino. JHU Sakai project site

Services for a Customizable Authority Linking Environment (SCALE)

With Tufts University digital library researchers, the Digital Research and Curation Center will provide National Science Digital Library users with automatic linking services that bind key words and phrases to supplementary information and infrastructure to support automatic linking of names and terms in thesauri, glossaries, encyclopedias, subject hierarchies, and object catalogs; such automatic linking services are already in place in the Perseus Digital Library. These services will enable students, professionals outside a particular discipline, and the interested public to read and comprehend documents full of unfamiliar technical terms and concepts. For instance, astronomy students and curious amateurs may need to see expansions of some acronyms, e.g., MACHO: massive compact halo object, such as neutron stars and brown dwarfs or pictures of "Kuiper belt objects." These services can be of particular help to undergraduates as they shift from textbooks to scientific literature: the student plowing through research papers on bioluminescence, for example, will be able to locate information about particular chemical processes or relevant species of echinoderms. Funded by the National Science Foundation. Project Team: Teal Anderson, Robert Chavez (Tufts University), Sayeed Choudhury, Greg Crane (Tufts University), Tim DiLauro, David Mimno (Tufts University), Mark Patton. Contact: Tim DiLauro. SCALE project site, SCALE Documents

A Technology Analysis of Repositories and Services

The DRCC, working with the University of Virginia (UVA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and an extensive network of collaborators, will conduct an architecture and technology evaluation of repository software and services such as e-learning, e-publishing, and digital preservation. The result will be a set of best practices and recommendations that will inform the development of repositories, services, and appropriate interfaces. Funded by the Mellon Foundation. Project Team: Teal Anderson, Sayeed Choudhury, Tim DiLauro, Michael Droettboom, Jim Martino, Mark Patton. Contact: Tim DiLauro. Repository project site

Usability Research

Usability testing is becoming more common in the library community. Digital libraries present issues and opportunities that merit the investigation of usability testing methods with the aim of identifying the most appropriate approaches to digital library usability. These issues and opportunities include: meaningful quantitative measures, the location and diversity of digital library users, partial interface control, realistic vs. controlled test settings, and the balance of user feedback and librarian expertise. The discussion of these issues and opportunities serves as a foundation for the DRCC usability research agenda for digital libraries. Contact: Sayeed Choudhury. Usability Research site

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