May 28, 2022

HathiTrust Research Center Announces Recipients of Prototyping Project Awards

From the HT March 2014 Update.

The HathiTrust Research Center is pleased to announce the recipients of 4 prototyping project awards, granted as part of the Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis (WCSA) project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and directed by J. Stephen Downie (PI), Tim Cole (co-PI), and Beth Plale (co-PI).

Each project will receive $40,000 to develop a prototype over a nine-month period beginning in late April. HTRC received 15 proposals in response to an RFP released in November, and eight finalists were invited to present projects at a shortlist meeting in February.

The following prototyping projects have been selected:

  • “Workset Creation through Image Analysis of Document Pages”, Texas A&M University (PI: Keith Biggers)
  • “Semantic Analysis of Documents from the HathiTrust Corpus”, Waikato University (PI: Annike Hinze)
  • “Distributed Metadata Correction and Annotation”, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities, University of Maryland (PI: Trevor Muñoz)
  • “ElEPHãT: Early English Print in HathiTrust, a Linked Semantic Workset Prototype”, Oxford University (PI: Kevin Page)

These projects represent a range of approaches to developing new tools and techniques designed to assist researchers and scholars in 1) identifying and selecting resources from within the HathiTrust and 2) creating worksets of these resources for scholarly analysis.  Approaches range from page image analysis, linked data solutions for developing worksets drawn from multiple sources, semantic analysis to support topical clustering, and application development for metadata correction and annotation.

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