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GT06: Preserving, Accessing, and Reusing Cultural Heritage Repositories
Tuesday, 05/Jun/2018:
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Session Chair: Justin Shanks, Montana State University Library
Location: Ballroom D

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1:30pm - 2:00pm

IIIF and the manifest: Integrating IIIF images and manifests within existing Repositories

Claire Knowles1, Terry Brady2, Scott Renton1

1University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom; 2Georgetown University, United States of America

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Presentation API creates an opportunity to present repository content in innovative ways. It is possible to present multiple digital objects to a user in context by creating a IIIF manifest. The process of generating and presenting the components of a IIIF manifest raises interesting questions about the role of repository.

The presenters will share their experiences exploring and implementing IIIF at the University of Edinburgh and at the Georgetown University Library. The presenters will share how the implementation process altered their perspectives of the role of the repository with IIIF content. Some interesting common themes emerged for both institutions in their exploration of IIIF.

What if the digital assets comprised in a manifest differ from the digital objects that have been stored in the repository? Where should these assets be stored? What role should the repository play in the management of these assets?

How should a IIIF manifest be managed by a repository? Does the manifest itself alter the notion of a repository collection or a repository item? What are the proper identifiers to use for components of a IIIF manifest?

2:00pm - 2:30pm

A New Lens: Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse in the Cultural Heritage Community

Santi Thompson1, Elizabeth Kelly2, Genya O’Gara3, Caroline Muglia4, Ayla Stein5, Liz Woolcott6

1University of Houston, United States of America; 2Loyola University New Orleans, United States of America; 3Virtual Library of Virginia, United States of America; 4University of Southern California, United States of America; 5University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States of America; 6Utah State University, United States of America

Content reuse, defined as how often and in what ways digital library materials are utilized and repurposed, is a key indicator of the impact and value of a digital collection. Traditional library analytics focus almost entirely on simple access statistics, which do not show how users utilize, transform, and remix the materials found in cultural heritage organization’s hosted digital collections. This lack of distinction, combined with a lack of standardized assessment approaches, makes it difficult to develop user-responsive collections or highlight the value of these materials.

The grant project, “Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects,” an IMLS-funded project (LG-73-17-0002-17) by the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group (DLF-AIG), is working to address this critical field. The work has begun with an in-depth needs assessment of the digital library community to determine desired functionality for the construction of a reuse assessment toolkit. The development of well-defined functional requirements and use cases will serve as the building blocks of an assessment toolkit that goes beyond use and traditional library metrics, and focuses on transformation.

2:30pm - 3:00pm

Defensive Design: Developing a System-Agnostic Repository for Sustainable Long-Term Preservation

Katherine Lynch, Emily G. Morton-Owens

University of Pennsylvania Libraries, United States of America

Colenda, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries’ digital repository, was designed to promote long-term preservation. Its infrastructure is comprised of components selected to concentrate on factors that are of the most importance and that pose the greatest risks for long-term preservation of digital assets: safe file storage, the ability to track changes to objects over time, mechanisms for object management and discoverability, and migration paths that guarantee that objects can be safely migrated to new software and new versions of existing systems while preventing data loss. Favoring a pluggable architecture and preservation of software-agnostic representations of objects in order to keep future repository development plans flexible and open, our approach minimizes the risk of data loss in the long term and has allowed us to design a system in which the right tools for the task are always an option. In this paper, we will enumerate the risks/concerns influencing our design decisions and show how our approach addresses them while retaining a connection to the central open-source projects of the community, Fedora and Samvera, that make up significant portions of our stack.

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