A new collaborative research center launched jointly by Indiana University and the University of Illinois, along with the HathiTrust Digital Repository, will help to meet this challenge by developing cutting-edge software tools and cyberinfrastructure to enable advanced computational access to the growing digital record of human knowledge.
The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) will enable open access for nonprofit and educational users to published works in the public domain (as well as limited access to works under copyright) stored within HathiTrust, an extensive collaborative digital library of more than 8 million volumes and 2 billion pages of archived material maintained by major research institutions and libraries worldwide.
Leveraging data storage infrastructure at Indiana University and computational resources at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the HTRC will provision a secure computational and data environment for scholars to perform research using the HathiTrust Digital Repository. The center will break new ground in the areas of cg and non-consumptive research, allowing scholars to fully utilize content of the HathiTrust Library while preventing intellectual property misuse within the confines of current U.S. copyright law.
The HTRC project will be led by an executive committee that includes principal investigators Beth Plale, D2I director and professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University; and Scott Poole, I-CHASS director and professor in the Department of Communication; along with Robert McDonald, Indiana University associate dean of libraries; and John Unsworth, interim director of the Illinois Informatics Institute and dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.
Indiana U. & U. of Illinois Launch HathiTrust Research Center for Computational Access to Archives
Filed by April 18, 2011on