Digital Research and Curation Center
The Digital Research and Curation Center (DRCC) is the digital library R&D department within the Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University. The DRCC research agenda focuses on the ingestion of materials into digital libraries to ensure access and preservation. Our projects emphasize the development of automated tools, systems, and software to reduce the costs and resources associated with converting the vast knowledge found within print, audio and video materials into digital form, and with curating content that is "born digital", such as large-scale scientific datasets. Fundamentally, the DRCC R&D efforts emphasize a combination of automated technologies with strategic human intervention.
- Conducts research and development related to digital libraries in collaboration with faculty, librarians, and archivists both within and beyond Johns Hopkins University.
- Provides expertise to facilitate the creation of digital library materials and data management services.
- Supports assessment and evaluation of digital libraries through usability research and economic analyses.
- Provides leadership in fostering an environment and culture which is conducive to advancing the library and university in the information age.
DRCC staff members have published academic papers that help to promote greater understanding of its R&D projects. The work of the DRCC has been featured in articles or news stories by the New York Times, Baltimore Magazine, Tech TV, United Press International (UPI), the Congressional Internet Caucus and the Chronicle of Higher Education. DRCC projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Mellon Foundation, a technology entrepreneurial group in Maryland, corporations and individual donors.