Indiana University Libraries Digital Projects & Services

This web site, which provides information about digital projects and services of the Indiana University Libraries and former IU Digital Library Program, is currently in transition. Over time, much of the content on this site will be migrated to the IU Bloomington Libraries web site.

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IU Initiatives

Digital Audio Archives Project (DAAP)  Audio Collection
Using the performance archive of the Indiana University Cook Music Library as a test bed, the goal of DAAP is to reduce the cost of building a digital audio library. The project will design and create an effective and economical workflow management system for digitizing analog audio tapes and building a web-accessible digital audio library. This project is funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant as a partnership with Johns Hopkins University.

Digital Libraries Education Program
Indiana University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS) to create the first research-based, comprehensive master's-level and post-MLS degrees focusing on digital libraries. (SLIS Digital Library specializations for the MLS and MIS.)

EVIA Digital Archive   Video Collection
The EVIA Digital Archive Project is a collaborative effort to establish a repository of ethnographic video recordings and an infrastructure of tools and systems supporting scholars in the ethnographic disciplines. With a special focus on the fields of ethnomusicology, folklore, anthropology, and dance ethnology, Project developers have created a set of tools and systems for use by scholars and instructors as well as librarians and archivists. The primary mission of the EVIA Project is to preserve ethnographic field video created by scholars as part of their research. The secondary mission is to make those materials available in conjunction with rich, descriptive annotations, creating a unique resource for scholars, instructors, and students. Project staff and contributors have created a support system and a suite of software tools for video annotation, online collection searching, controlled vocabulary and thesaurus maintenance, peer review, and technical metadata collection.

Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities  Text Collection Image Collection Audio Collection Video Collection
The Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities links a network of disciplinary experts and highly technical faculty and support staff who work in interdisciplinary teams on collection-building, tool-building, and the development of appropriate methods for study and analysis of collections. The expertise of the faculty from the School of Informatics and Computer Science, School of Library and Information Science and highly qualified professional staff at the Digital Library Program and University Information Technology Services work together with the disciplinary expertise of the arts and humanities faculty to redefine research and scholarship in the arts and humanities on the IU Bloomington campus.

IU Digital Library Technical Infrastructure
The Digital Library Program is in the midst of a two-year project to update its software and hardware infrastructure supporting digital collection storage, preservation, and access. With funding from University Information Technology Services (UITS), the DLP is implementing a central digital repository using Fedora software and developing and implementing web tools for cataloging, searching, browsing, and using digital images, text, and other types of media.

METS Navigator   Image Collection
METS Navigator is a METS-based (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) system developed by the Indiana University Digital Library Program for displaying and navigating sets of page images or other multi-part digital objects.

Sakaibrary: Integrating Licensed Library Resources with Sakai
Indiana University and the University of Michigan are creating software that will enable faculty and students to more easily use online journals and databases within their courses. Tools developed as a result of this grant will link full-text library resources to the Sakai collaboration and learning software environment.

Sound Directions
Sound directions aims to develop best practices and test emerging standards for archival audio preservation and storage in the digital domain in order to preserve critically endangered, highly valuable, unique field recordings of extraordinary national interest.

Variations2 Digital Music Library   Audio Collection Image Collection
The Variations2 research project focused on establishing a digital music library test bed system containing music in a variety of formats, and supported research and development in the areas of system architecture, metadata, network services, music pedagogy, usability, human-computer interaction, and intellectual property rights.

Variations3 Digital Music Library   Audio Collection Image Collection
Variations3 allows Indiana University to extend its digital music library to college teachers and students across the country. At the completion of the project, institutions nationwide will be able to introduce, expand or upgrade their current online music offerings in ways that provide new benefits for their students.

Variations/FRBR   Audio Collection Image Collection
Variations/FRBR: Variations as a Testbed for the FRBR Conceptual Model
The Variations/FRBR development project will build on Indiana University's expertise in digital music libraries and the well-known Variations digital music library system, and provide a concrete testbed for the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) conceptual model. Our project is focused on testing FRBR in a real-world environment, and on providing data, code, and system design specifications that can be re-used by others interested in FRBR.

Variations on Video   Audio Collection Video Collection
Indiana University, in partnership with Northwestern University, has been awarded a collaborative planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support the Variations on Video project. This six-month planning project will run from August 2010 - January 2011 and is intended to define the scope, requirements, and technical architecture for extending IU's open source Variations digital music library system <>  to support the management and delivery of digital video collections, and to establish a sustainable model to support implementation of these capabilities and ongoing development of the system.

VIVO   Text Collection Image Collection
As part of an NIH-funded project, the IU Digital Library Program is supporting the IU pilot implementation <>  of VIVO, an open source semantic web application designed to enable the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines and institutions.

The XML Submission Tool (Xubmit) manages the production and workflow of collections described using XML markup languages. Implemented using open-source Java software and XML technologies, it allows document creators to submit documents to collection specific rule-based content review, to review descriptive metadata, and to preview HTML delivery.

External Initiatives with DLP Participation

The DLP is co-sponsoring a HASTAC Scholar with IDAH for the 2010/2011 Academic Year
Grant Simpson, a Ph.D. candidate in English, is studying electronic editions of medieval texts, with particular focus on how scholars of Old English have anticipated, produced, and received digital objects. The HASTAC Scholars report on the work happening on their campuses and in their region to an international audience by blogging, tweeting, vlogging, podcasting and other forms of networking with the online HASTAC community and with their local communities. The HASTAC Scholars also orchestrate a regular discussion forum on the HASTAC web site ( ). Open to all, these expansive forums initiate rich insights and meaty exchanges on timely issues related to digital media and learning and the digital humanities more broadly. The DLP is excited to support Grant as he represents the DLP, IDAH, and IU to the HASTAC community.

Digital Library Federation/National Science Digital Library Best Practices for OAI Data Provider Implementations and Shareable Metadata  
The Best Practices for OAI Data Provider Implementations and Shareable Metadata aims to document various best practices for the use of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. The best practices are designed to provide data and service providers with the information needed to create resources that are consistent across repositories and thereby support the user in finding the variety of resources available and to aid in the implementation of OAI data provider services.

DLF Aquifer
DLF Aquifer is a project of the Digital Library Federation to better integrate access to digital library resources from across multiple institutions. Beginning with a well-bounded collection of digital content in the area of American culture and life, DLF Aquifer is creating a test bed of services to support selecting, collecting and providing access to quality digital content within a variety of local technical environments.

Metadata for You & Me: A Training Program for Shareable Metadata
Metadata for You & Me is a training program that will address the needs of library, museum and cultural heritage professionals in the creation, development and use of interoperable or shareable descriptive metadata. The content of the training program will be based on the Best Practices for Shareable Metadata an initiative of the Digital Library Federation nand the National Science Digital Library to establish guidelines for metadata that can be easily understood , processed and used outside of its local environment.