Projects and Initiatives. Research Centers

Europe

  • Delos member groups

  • Denmark's Electronic Research Library (DEF)
    The DEF project is the result of a co-operative effort by the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Research and Ministry of Education. The basis for the project is to be found in the government’s IT-political action plan "The Information Society for all - the Danish model" from 1996. The main objective is to strengthen the basis of the knowledge society’s research library service to Danish researchers, students and companies.

  • DigiCULT.
    European Union IST Support Measure to establish a regular technology watch for cultural and scientific heritage.

  • Digital Curation Centre.
    The Digital Curation Centre, supported by the UK JISC and eScience Core Programme, aims to provide a national focus for research into curation and digital preservation issues and to promote expertise and good practice, both national and international, for the management of all research outputs in digital format. Based on insight from a vibrant research programme that addresses wider issues of data curation, it will develop and offer programmes of outreach and practical services to assist those who must curate data.

  • Digital Library Forum.
    Digital Library Forum's main focus is on the funding activities in Germany and on other information of interest on the subject of the Digital Library.

  • DINI, Deutsche Initiative für NetzwerkInformation
    DINI aims to support the development of information infrastructures and the cooperation between relevant German institutions. This is done by developing recommendations, standards, requirements for information services and communication networks and by creating netbased digital publication opportunities.

  • eBank UK
    The project will investigate the issues surrounding provenance and the use and re-use of original data for research and learning purposes, and will result in the development of an eBank UK pilot service for the benefit of the HE and FE communities. The concepts underpinning the pilot bring together both research and learning and teaching activities in an innovative manner and they seek to demonstrate the direct relationship between the two areas, which results in the growth and development of rich knowledge structures.

  • EBLIDA
    EBLIDA is an independent non-governmental and non-commercial umbrella association of national library, information, documentation and archive associations and organisations in Europe. Subjects on which EBLIDA concentrates are copyright, culture, telematics, Central and Eastern Europe, information society related matters and information technology.

  • ePrints UK project
    Funded by JISC-FAIR, the ePrints UK project will be developing subject-based, national services through which the higher and further education community can access the collective output of e-print papers available from compliant Open Archive repositories, particularly those provided by UK universities and colleges.

  • FinELib
    FinELib, the National Electronic Library of Finland, acquires Finnish and international resources to support teaching, learning and research. FinELib negotiates user-rights agreements for electronic resources on a centralised basis for its member organisations. Helsinki University Library, The National Library of Finland, is responsible for FinELib operations and development. The National Library cooperates with universities, polytechnics, research institutes and public libraries and is involved in key national projects.

  • FACET project, Univ. of Glamorgan, UK.

  • IuK - Gemeinsame Initiative der wissenschaftlichen Fachgesellschaften in Deutschland
    German Scientific Societies are cooperating in IuK regarding the development and creation of infrastructures for electronic information and communication .

  • The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) 
    The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) supports further and higher education by providing strategic guidance, advice and opportunities to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to support teaching, learning, research and administration. JISC is funded by all the UK post-16 and higher education funding councils.

  • Resource Discovery Network, UK
    The Resource Discovery Network is the UK's free national gateway to Internet resources for the learning, teaching and research community. The service currently links to more than 80,000 resources via a series of subject-based information gateways (or hubs). In contrast to search engines, the RDN gathers resources which are carefully selected by subject specialists in our partner institutions. You can search and browse through the resources, and be confident that your results will connect you to Web sites relevant to learning, teaching and research in your subject area.

  • Semantic Grid and Autonomic Computing Programme (UK)
    Lying at the core of scientific development is the discovery of new knowledge. The rapid increase in the volume and variety of data inherent within e-Science and mirrored by e-Commerce and e-Government means that any supporting infrastructure must provide a set of semantic services. These core services must be able to equip data with meaning and generate a surrounding semantic context in which data can be meaningfully interpreted. Fundamental research on knowledge systems and services is needed to allow us to move from the current data centric view supporting the grid to a semantic grid with a powerful set of knowledge services. Supported by JISC and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK.

  • UK Electronic Libraries Program (eLib)
    Managed by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) since 1995, the eLib programme consists of around 60 projects aimed to "transform the use and storage of knowledge in higher education institutions". It is not overtly a research programme; its main remit is to provide a body of tangible, electronic resources and services for UK Higher Education, and to affect a cultural shift towards the acceptance and use of digital resources and services in place of more traditional information storage and access methods. overview of the history and direction of the UK eLib Programme, written for the July/August 1998 issue of D-lib magazine, gives an excellent summary of the whole eLib Programme, and introduces its main themes and concerns, both those behind its creation, and those arising from its development. -->

  • Vascoda
    Vascoda is a German interdisciplinary Internet portal for the retrieval of scientific information.

USA

  • Alexandria Digital Library Project, Univ. of California Santa Barbara
    Includes the Alexandria Digital Library and the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype.

  • Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE
    Builds digital collections and services while providing information and support to digital library developers worldwide. Sponsored by The Library, UC Berkeley, and Sun Microsystems, Inc.

  • California Dgital Lbrary

  • CNI - Coalition for Networked Information
    CNI is an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Some 200 institutions representing higher education, publishing, network and telecommunications, information technology, and libraries and library organizations make up CNI's Members.

  • Digital Library Federation
    The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is a consortium of libraries and related agencies that are pioneering in the use of electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and services. Through its members, the DLF provides leadership for libraries broadly by
    • identifying standards and "best practices" for digital collections and network access
    • coordinating leading-edge research-and-development in libraries' use of electronic-information technology
    • helping start projects and services that libraries need but cannot develop individually
  • Digital Libraries Initiative Phase 2

  • DLESE, Digital Library for Earth System Education
    DLESE is a geoscience community resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system.

  • Informedia Project, Carnegie Mellon University
    The overarching goal of the Informedia initiatives is to achieve machine understanding of video and film media, including all aspects of search, retrieval, visualization and summarization in both contemporaneous and archival content collections.

  • The Internet Archive
    The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

  • The Internet Public Library

  • National Science Digital Library
    USA's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research.

  • The Networked Computer Science Technical Reference Library (NCSTRL)
    NCSTRL is an international collection of computer science research reports and papers made available for non-commercial use from a number of participating institutions and archives. NCSTRL is based on two previous technologies for technical report libraries. Dienst is a protocol and implementation for distributed digital library servers. WATERS is a system that links distributed FTP report repositores via a centralized index.

  • The Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University
    Perseus is an evolving digital library for the study of the humanities, engineering interactions through time, space, and language.

  • Pharos : A Scalable Distributed Architecture for Locating Heterogeneous Information Sources, Univ. of California Santa Barbara

  • Public Library of Science (PLoS)
    The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. PLoS is working with scientists, their societies, funding agencies, and other publishers to pursue our broader goal of ensuring an open-access home for every published article and to develop tools to make the literature useful to scientists and the public.

  • Stanford Digital Library Technologies Project
    The goal of this project is to design and implement the infrastructure and services needed for collaboratively creating, disseminating, sharing and managing information in a digital library context.

  • University of Michigan Digital Library Project - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    The challenges faced are providing an infrastructure that lets patrons (and publishers) feel like they are working within a library, with the traditional emphasis on providing service and organized content, when in fact the underlying space of goods and services is volatile, administratively decentralized, and constantly evolving. UMDL is meeting these challenges by defining and incrementally developing interfaces and infrastructures for users and providers such that intellectual work (finding, creating, and disseminating knowledge) is embedded in a persistent, structured context even though the underlying networked system is evolving. The infrastructure supports extensible ontologies (meta descriptions of collections and services) for allowing components in the digital library to self-organize, dynamically teaming to form structures and services that users need. Principles from economics are also being used to efficiently allocate resources and provide incentives for continual improvement to networked goods and services. This approach enables third parties to join or use UMDL technologies to define and manipulate agents, facilities, and ontologies so that the web of resources grows in an orderly but decentralized way.

  • University of Virginia Libraries: Electronic Centers
    The University of Virginia Library has established content-oriented centers to which students and faculty and scholars go via the Internet. This web site gives a glimpse into the resources, including The Electronic Text Center and the Geospatial/statistical Information Data Center.

  • Library of Congress: American Memory
    Contains documents, photographs, movies, and sound recordings that tell the United States history.

Canada

  • Canadian Initiative on Digital Libraries (CIDL)
    An alliance of Canadian libraries whose aim is to promote, co-ordinate and facilitate the development of Canadian digital collections and services in order to optimise national interoperability and long-term access to Canadian digital library resources.

Australia, Oceania

  • The Cooperative Research Centre for Distributed Systems Technology (DSTC)
    The DSTC is a joint venture supported by the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres Program and over 24 participating organisations developing the technical infrastructure for tomorrow's enterprise. DSTC conducts world class research, develops software, and provides training and professional consulting services.

  • New Zealand Digital Library
    The New Zealand Digital Library project is a research programme at The University of Waikato whose aim is to develop the underlying technology for digital libraries (Greenstone software) and make it available publicly so that others can use it to create their own collections. Their web site provides several document collections, including historical documents, humanitarian and development information, computer science technical reports and bibliographies, literary works, and magazines.

International Collaboration

  • List of international projects at the DLI2 site

 

US Research Centers

  • Alexandria Digital Library Project: Research, Univ. of California Santa Barbara

  • California digital library technologies

  • Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities, Rutgers

  • Center for Human Computer Interaction, Univ. of Washington

  • Center for Information Management, Connectivity, and Integration, Rutgers

  • Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Center for Research and Development of Digital Libraries, CRADL, Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill

  • Center for the Study of Digital Libraries, Texas A&M

  • Digital Libraries research, Artificial Intelligence Lab, Univ. of Arizona

  • Digital Libraries Research at Cornell

  • Digital Library Project, Univ. of California Berkeley

  • Digital Library Research Group, Old Dominion University

  • Digital Library Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech

  • Digital Library Research Projects, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Library digital initiative, Harvard

  • OCLC Research

  • Stanford Digital Library Technologies