Digital Programs and Initiatives, Projects
At any given time, Digital Programs and Initiatives is involved in or
managing multiple digital projects and digital initiatives. Most digital
projects that are in production mode are located within
Digital Collections. Programs and
Initiatives is responsible for managing digital projects throughout their
lifecycles. A digital project should have a clearly-defined objective, scope
and goals outlined in a project charter and project plan, and it should end with
a concrete deliverable or it should become a part of routine operations.
Programs and Initiatives guarantees certain custodial responsibilities for the
products of digital projects, such as backup and archiving of files, acceptable
system “up-time,” and migration of content to new servers or applications as
appropriate. Below are several projects currently in active development:
Born-Digital Working Group
A collaboration between MITH and the
Libraries, the BDWG meets regularly to exchange knowledge, coordinate efforts,
create policy, and discuss institutional strategy for born-digital collections;
BDWG seeks to develop an original born-digital research agenda around the shared
stewardship model, and to disseminate the results of that research.
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence and Digital Edition
The University of Maryland Libraries (UMD Libraries) has
received a grant from the literary trustees of the Katherine Anne Porter estate
to digitize, preserve, and make accessible in a digital edition the letters
Porter wrote to members of her family that are now held by
UMD Libraries' Special Collections. These letters are an
important witness to the life and career of a significant American author,
widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest short fiction writers of the
twentieth century. Porter lived through most of the last century, and her
letters document many important events of those years. They are thus sources for
the political, social, and cultural history of the 20th century as well as
materials for literary study.
The digital project will
proceed in the following stages: (1) a scholarly digital edition of Porter's
letters to her older sister; (2) digitization of the remaining 4,133 pages of
Porter's correspondence to her family; (3) incorporation of the additional
letters into the digital edition, and (4) evaluation of the project to determine
the viability of integrating into the digital edition the rest of the Porter
correspondence held by UMD Libraries.
Collaborators include Digital
Conversion and Media Reformatting, Special Collections,
Institute for Technology in the Humanities.
The University of Maryland was awarded $325,000 from the National
Endowment for the Humanities to make important historic newspapers from the
state of Maryland freely accessible via the Internet.
National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the
Endowment for the Humanities and the
of Congress, is a long-term effort to develop an internet-based, searchable
database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information.
The grant will
be used to digitize some 100,000 pages from Maryland’s historic newspapers.
Published between 1836 and 1922, the newspapers document significant historical
events in Maryland, including the growth of Baltimore as a commercial hub and
the upheaval of the Civil War, which led to harsh censorship. In addition, in
the Gilded Age these newspapers captured the commentary of important local
writers such as H. L. Mencken. The project is not just about historical
highlights, however, but also the texture of everyday life, a texture that is
revealed in the local reporting of “papers of record” throughout Western
Maryland and the Eastern Shore.
The two-year project will make the
newspapers freely available via the Library of Congress's
WMUC Collection Audio Pilot
is the University of Maryland, College Park's student-run radio station. The
WMUC Collection preserves more than 1500 audio recordings documenting the campus
station’s broadcast history, and music shows, dramas, news, interviews, sports,
talk shows and coverage of campus events. Spanning the period from the mid-1960s
to the late 1990s, these broadcasts trace WMUC’s evolution from a
carrier-current, Top-Forty AM format to an FCC-licensed FM freeform station.
This project is a multi-phase project to digitize and catalog audio recordings
from WMUC. Collaborators include Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting and