ACLS Report Sites
|Digital Libraries Initiative Phase 1 and Phase 2 Findings
Phase one of NSF's Digital Libraries Initiative funded
six projects, of which two were related to the humanities or social sciences. One was updated 15 January 2005, while the other was last updated in 1998.
- Carnegie Mellon's
Informedia Digital Media Library (last updated 15 January 2005), a project working
to "achieve machine understanding of video and film media, including all aspects of search, retrieval, visualization and summarization in both contemporaneous and archival content collections"
- The University of Michigan's Intelligent Agents for Information Location
(last updated 24 January 1998 according to page source of current projects; link now goes to the UM Digital Library project); the digital library project is "creating an infrastructure for rendering library services over a digital network"
Phase two funded
36 projects, of which 18 were related to the humanities or social sciences. Three of these projects were
updated in 2005, six were updated in 2004, two were updated in 2002, one in 2001, and 7 had no indication of their last update.
- The University of Maryland's Digital Libraries for Children: Computational Tools
that Support Children as Researchers
(last update: early 2002) Researchers worked directly with children to develop digital
library resources that meet the needs of children.
- The University of Washington's Automatic Reference Librarians for the World Wide Web (alternate URL: http://www.cs.washington.edu/research/knowitall/) (last update 2004)
A digital reference librarian that works with hidden
layers (within databases, journals, etc.) to find the appropriate
resources for a query
- Tufts University's A Digital Library for the Humanities (last update 24 August 2004)
Library Content: Classics:Greek, Latin, Archaeology; Papyri:Duke Data Bank; English Renaissance:Shakespeare, Marlowe; London:Bolles Collection; California; Upper Midwest; Chesapeake; Library of Congress; Tufts History:Since 1852; Boyle Papers:History of Science
- Stanford University's The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (last update 3 February 2005)
Approximately 648 philosophical articles listed in contents
- Stanford University's Stanford Interlib Technologies (last update 2002)
An investigation "into the design and implementation of
the infrastructure and services needed for collaboratively creating,
disseminating, sharing and managing information in a digital library context." Focus on creating
heterogeneity of information and services, powerful filtering mechanisms, information and tools for portable devices, promoting a solid economic infrastructure that encourages providers to make
- Michigan State University's Founding a National Gallery of the Spoken Word (no indication of last update) Currently a list of links to other spoken word galleries: Studs Terkel, the Oyez project, the Vincent Voice Library (from Michigan's project), History and Politics Out Loud, the African Digital Library, and Michigan Writers Network
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst's Word Spotting: Indexing Handwritten Manuscripts (no indication of last update) A project to develop search and retrieval functions for handwritten documents
- University of Kentucky's The Digital Atheneum: New Techniques for Restoring, Searching, and Editing Humanities Collections (no indication of last update; was performed prior to 2003) A project to "deliver state-of-the-art technical approaches to restoring severely damaged manuscripts, searching them as images, and presenting electronic editions for a widely distributed digital library of restored and edited, previously inaccessible, manuscripts" from the Cottonian Collection at the British Library.
- Johns Hopkins University's Digital Workflow Management: The Lester S. Levy Digitized Collection of Sheet Music, Phase Two (no indication of last update) The Collectino indexes over 29,000 pieces of sheet music from 1780 to 1960, with images available of those in the public domain
- Indiana University's Creating the Digital Music Library (last update 11 May 2004) Currently contains 111 recordings and 6 scores
- University of Hawaii at Manoa's Shuhai Wenyuan Classical Chinese Digital Database and Interactive Internet Worktable (last update 12 January 2004) A worktable and index of Chinese texts with grammar, lexicon, and philosophy
- Harvard University 's Operational Social Science Digital Data Library (last update 3 January 2005) "[A] complete open-source, digital library system for the management, dissemination, exchange, and citation of virtual collections of quantitative data."
- Cornell University's Project Prism at Cornell University : Information Integrity in Digital Libraries (1 February 2001) "A four-year effort to investigate and develop the policies and mechanisms needed for information integrity in digital libraries." The project focuses on the areas of preservation, reliability, security, and metadata.
- Carnegie Mellon University's Simplifying Interactive Layout and Video Editing and Reuse (no indication of last update) "SILVER is a research project in the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University that aims to enable easy video authoring by leveraging research conducted on the Informedia research project at Carnegie Mellon University."
- Carnegie Mellon University's Informedia-II: Auto-Summarization and VisualizationOver Multiple Video Documents and Libraries (last update 15 January 2005) "The overarching goal of the Informedia initiatives is to achieve machine nderstanding of video and film media, including all aspects of search, retrieval, visualization and summarization in both contemporaneous and archival content collections."
- University of California Los Angeles' Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (last update 26 January 2005) An effort to digitize the form and content of cuneiform tablets dating from the beginning of writing, ca. 3350 B.C., until the end of the pre-Christian era, a total in excess of an estimated 500,000 exemplars, "of which now nearly 100,000 have been catalogued in electronic form by the CDLI."
- University of California Davis' A Multimedia Digital Library of Folk Literature (no indication of last update) "A multimedia archive of ballads and other oral literature in Judeo-Spanish collected from 1957 to 1993" indexed in text and audio.
- University of California Berkeley's Re-inventing Scholarly Information Dissemination and Use (no indication of last update) "Our goal is to facilitate the move from the current centralized, discrete publishing model, to a distributed, continuous, and self-publishing model, while still preserving the best aspects of the current model such as peer review."
last updated 20 March 2005
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