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Preserving one “Window on the Past” for the future

Cornell has recently deposited its Making of America (MOA) collection into HathiTrust.  Through this process, we have transitioned one of our oldest digital collections to contemporary architecture, improved the quality of both page images and optically recognized character (OCR) textflow, and made the content available to scholars using both traditional and computational methods.  Our experience […]

Exciting Times for arXiv: Grants from the Sloan Foundation and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Usher the Next-Gen arXiv Initiative

We are pleased to receive a $450,000 grant from the Sloan Foundation and $200,000 from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) to start establishing a new technical infrastructure for arXiv. The funds from the Sloan Foundation will initiate the design of a modern, scalable, cost-efficient, and reliable technical infrastructure for arXiv. The additional support […]

News from eCommons, CUL’s General Purpose Institutional Repository

On behalf of the eCommons team, I’d like to share some news on new services for eCommons users, and some other things we’ve been working on. My apologies for being slow to recognize the need and the opportunity to communicate news of this kind to you. For the most part, I’ll communicate eCommons news by forwarding […]

Developments at the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC)

The HathiTrust Research Center has announced an important development towards the availability of the full HathiTrust corpus to scholars that use computational methods (“text-mining”) in their research.  The press release also includes a timeline for future steps that will make the entire corpus of HathiTrust, regardless of copyright, open for scholars using computational methods. What […]

AV Streaming Group Recommendations

  As some may recall, an AV Streaming Policy Group was formed in Fall of 2014 to coordinate the development of streaming workflows and policies utilizing the existing Cornell services, including eCommons, MediaSpace, and Blackboard. I’d like to extend warm thanks to those involved in the group- Danielle Mericle (Chair, formerly DSPS), Peter Hirtle (formerly […]

Digital Image Collections Consolidation in Shared Shelf

For almost a decade, we have been supporting and maintaining the LUNA Insight and ARTstor visual image delivery platforms for various types of visual resources.  LUNA was added earlier as an asset manager for images, and many of our legacy collections were until very recently housed there.  The LUNA architecture was administrated in-house.  ARTstor was […]

Recently Launched: CUL Digital Collections Portal

The Digital Collections Portal Team, consisting of staff from Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services (DSPS), CUL Information Technology (CULIT) and Library Technical Services (LTS), recently released the beta version of the new Digital Collections portal. The portal provides access to several digital collections, including those being migrated from DLXS to Hydra, as well as selected Cornell collections […]

arXiv Annual Update

arXiv started 2015 with an important milestone as we added the one-millionth paper at the end of December 2014 (press release & video). Since its inception in 1991 with a focus on the high energy physics community, arXiv has significantly expanded both its subject coverage and user base. During 2015, the repository saw 105,000 new submissions and over 139 million […]

Invitation to Apply for Digital Scholarship Fellowships

We are pleased to invite applications for the Digital Scholarship Fellowship position. Hosted by the DSPS unit since 2012, the fellowship program aims to provide opportunities for CUL staff to expand their skills and experiences in developing, delivering, and assessing digital scholarship services. It supports the CUL objectives of “empowering staff to explore gaps in their […]

Digital Books Just Keep Getting Better…

Cornell has engaged a workflow that allows for the improvement of digital books made through our partnership with Google and deposited in HathiTrust.  The workflow is responsive to alerts from HathiTrust regarding the need for improvement of specific pages, and also engages the Single Page Insertion and Replacement workflow that Google has set up for […]

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