Part of the mission of Digital Research & Publishing is to serve as a test kitchen of sorts for emerging library programs and services. Toward this end, we are experimenting with the development of:
Libraries have well-defined standards and efficient workflows for creating digital libraries of text and image collections, and emerging best practices for audio and video. DRP is now investigating effective ways to represent artifacts and other 3D objects in a digital environment. The project is initially focused on the library’s Fluxus collection, working in collaboration with the Digital Studio for Public Humanities to support Stephen Voyce’s Fluxus Digital Archive.
In the coming year, we will explore a variety of approaches to digitizing artifacts, including planetary scanning, modeling and visualization, and photo-documentation in order to find the most effective ways to represent artifacts in a digital environment.
Geospatial Data Portal
With the ubiquitous uptake of easy-to-use mapping tools and the increasing desire of students and faculty to represent their ideas spatially, there is a growing demand for GIS support, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. DRP is championing a campus-wide effort to define and implement a GIS infrastructure suitable to meet the institution’s needs.
In the coming year, we will build a layered platform to enable discovery and delivery of the library’s geospatial data resources by redesigning our GIS data repository, ensuring library geospatial resources are in a planned campus-wide GIS web service, and building a GIS data portal using OpenGeoportal.
Linked Open Data
DRP is leading an initiative for a linked open data framework that would enable the library to build bridges among our many data silos. In order to participate in the data commons, we recognize that we must first network our own data silos using emerging semantic web technology, thereby exposing our resources through machine-actionable data elements.
In the coming year, we will be mapping data silos, developing an extensible identifier framework, and creating a prototype RDF data store with the hope of becoming one more node in the Linked Open Data cloud.
The Iowa Digital Library holds over 1 million digital objects — many more than library staff could ever catalog alone — so we’re appealing to the public to help out by attaching text in the form of transcriptions, tags, and comments. DRP has launched DIY History, a crowdsourcing platform giving volunteers a way to contribute to digital library initiatives. DIY History currently draws from five of our collections: Civil War Diaries and Letters, Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks, Iowa Women’s Lives: Letters and Diaries, Building the Transcontinental Railroad, and Nile Kinnick.
In the coming year, we plan to add more content, enhance functionality, and identify other opportunities for users to participate in digital archives.
DRP offers publishing services through Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository and electronic publishing platform. The institutional repository contains thousands of faculty publications, theses and dissertations, and university archives. The e-publishing platform hosts several peer-reviewed journal titles, academic conference proceedings, and out-of-print books from University of Iowa Press.
In the coming year, we plan to automate the ingest of faculty publications from the “green” publishers who permit self-archiving, and to develop a more robust set of publishing services akin to services available from commercial publishers.