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Washington/Canadian-Media: With aims to better serve research and creative uses of Library of Congress (LoC) resources, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded $1 million grant in 2019 for the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud (CCHC) initiative, LoC reported.
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CCHC would use the affordances of cloud-based technology to document what is required to support this work–from levels of staff support and costs associated with serving and transforming digital materials.
LoC Labs has partnered this year with three scholars Lincoln Mullen, Lauren Tilton, and Andromeda Yelton, who would explore the Library’s digital collections by using cloud computing services in their individual research projects.
With impressively varied in their aims, Mullen attempts to use machine learning to extract biblical quotations across the Library’s collections; while Tilton seeks to refine and design computer vision by examining approximately 250,000 early 20th century images; and Yelton plans work with clusters conceptually similar documents to create an interactive data visualization to support users who only have a rough idea of the items they’re looking for.
In addition, to engage audiences in transforming access to knowledge, public humanities focus would be used by each of these projects.
LoC would also be informed collectively by these projects about the understanding of the benefits and challenges of using distributed computing environments in large-scale digital library settings.
Results from the individual projects will be documented and shared openly to complement the findings from the institution’s overarching investigation.
In an interviews with Alice Goldfarb who has joined the LC Labs team as an Innovation Specialist for CCHC, Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal, Innovation Specialist at the Library of Congress, and works at the CCHC, Alice said that her work at CCHC is to determine the requirements in a service model for supporting cloud computing digital humanities research in the future to further explore the changes required in to disseminate collections to more people in more ways and build on and contribute to the work other people are doing.
Due to the vast the scale of the Library’s collections, said Alice, they would be benefited to disseminate the collections available for cloud computing as libraries already consider the ethics of this type of work, and we want to make sure to extend this approach to digital work and learn ways to steward and share data in systematic ways digitally.