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Access to multiple, federated, sources of Digital Content in the Humanities


Description

Providing easier, seamless access to federated digital content in the humanities would enhance scholarship.


 

Name(s)

Institution(s)

Proposed/originated by:

Rick Peterson

Washington & Lee University

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Why might this direction be appropriate for Project Bamboo?

Summary

Explanation

It's difficult to locate and access widely diffused digital content, and simplifying these common activities would significantly benefit many scholars.

PB could help by negotiating easy academic access to the numerous sources of local or federated digital content stored at various institutions/organizations. PB could also suggest guidelines on the "best" way(s) to manage/tag digital content for long term preservation and access, especially for data that has not been deemed of institutional importance at a faculty members local institution (and hence, may not be "living" in dSpace or Fedora or...). Right now there is a lot of academic content, much of it federated, that has been created and is available, but no easy, known, overarching way (other than content crawled by Google?) to find it (IMHO). (Rick Peterson)

Scholars would benefit if access to diffused content was simplified and kept "under the hood"

Use of diffused digital content was identified as a need and the nature of how that use ought to be enabled for scholars was addressed in the "Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities," UVA, 2005, Final Report: "Should these tools have a common data-modeling language? For example, UML, Topic Maps, something else? We decided that this would be necessary, but it could be kept under the hood, as it were-optionally available for direct access by the end-user." (Interpretation, p. 8) [contributed by Steve Masover]

A number of table groups in the "Future Directions" exercise in the Bamboo workshop 1 series emphasized this area.

This is a partial list from Bamboo Workshop 1, Exercise 7 data (workshop number and working group noted at the end of each bullet; e.g., "1b-C" = Chicago workshop, group C):

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  • "Digitizing global south cultural materials before Google does" Chicago, 1b-A
  • "A place to create, store & access freely a wide range of digital resources for the humanities" 1b-C
  • "Separation of raw data from presentation/software layer Set the data 'free'" Paris, 1c-C


Why might this direction be inappropriate for Project Bamboo?

Summary

Explanation

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What tools, standards, organizations, or efforts exist in this area?

Note:  This list does not need to duplicate listings on related-theme page(s) linked above. 

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Description - what is it?

URL or other reference

Project focused on tools for managing and integrating digital resources

The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is an Open Source project based at Tufts University. The VUE project is focused on creating flexible tools for managing and integrating digital resources in support of teaching, learning and research. VUE provides a flexible visual environment for structuring, presenting, and sharing digital information.

vue.tufts.edu

View and share educational material composed of "modules"

Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute: authors create and collaborate; instructors rapidly build and share custom collections; learners find and explore content

cnx.org

Captures, distributes, indexes, preserves data

DSpace captures your data in any format - in text, video, audio, and data. It distributes it over the web. It indexes your work, so users can search and retrieve your items. It preserves your digital work over the long term. DSpace provides a way to manage your research materials and publications in a professionally maintained repository to give them greater visibility and accessibility over time.

dspace.org

Create, manage, publish, share and preserve digital content

Fedora Commons provides sustainable technologies to create, manage, publish, share and preserve digital content as a basis for intellectual, organizational, scientific and cultural heritage by bringing two communities together.

fedora-commons.org

Online library for education and research

NSDL is the Nation's online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

nsdl.org


What tools, standards, organizations, or efforts are missing from this area?

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Description - what is it?

URL or other reference

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http://www.interesting_thing.org


Related Theme(s) of Scholarly Practice

Contributor

Related theme(s) of Scholarly Practice (links)

Steve Masover

Preserve objects of scholarly interest


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1 Comment

  1. Unknown User (nls36)

    Subject to existing metadata standards, how will data management strategies address the following to support resource discovery

    •    Collection - what are the plans to scope the collections needed for Project Bamboo? Should collection auditing and management be phased in line with research communities and project partner requirements somehow? How would we manage the processes?
    •    Description- what schemas should we adopt that would aid federated search across relevant research collections and data and enable authentication and provenance?
    •    Interoperability with digital applications and academic social networking spaces- What authentication infrastructures and web services are currently implementable to enable exploitation of current collections and research services across geo-spatial boundaries and cultural contexts? How do we manage Intellectual Property Rights and ethical research practices within the systems solutions planned for Project Bamboo?
    •    Annotation services- How can we ensure the portability or rich annotation services across different collections of material and research services? How can we preserve the development and process of knowledge building as well as the final outcomes? How can ensure persistence of the discourse with the artefacts being researched?

    What infrastructures would we need to manage interactivity and rich annotation of the data e.g. provision of easy to use data visualisation tools?

    Proposed toolkits on the Bamboo wiki- How/Who would develop easy to use intuitive instructional  tools for their use?