May 18, 2022

Cornell University Library Digitizing Collections of Glacier Images and Latin American Journals

From the Cornell Chronicle:

Scholars and students around the world will soon have online access to some of Cornell’s most prominent collections, thanks to 2014 awards from the Grants Program for Digital Collections in Arts and Sciences.


One project is led by Aaron Sachs, associate professor of history, Matt Pritchard, associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, and Julie Elliott of Purdue University. Their interdisciplinary project will create a digital library of historic images of glaciers in Alaska and Greenland from Cornell’s R.S. Tarr and O.D. von Engeln collections, which will support teaching and learning activities in such fields as environmental history, climate change and visual culture.


The second funded initiative, the Global Literary Networks Project led by assistant professor of comparative literature Tom McEnaney, will create a digital collection of vanguard Latin American literary journals, currently held in collections among various libraries around the United States. Consolidating a digital collection of publications featuring Latin American poetry, stories, essays and visual art will make otherwise difficult-to-access print journals available for global scholarship.

One of the project goals is to support the mining of textual information with techniques such as topic modeling, natural language processing and information retrieval in order to reconsider questions of style, genre and literary influence, McEnaney says. Digitizing this archive would also benefit students interested in experimenting with such tools and methodologies at Cornell.

Read the Complete Announcement

Detailed Info About Both Projects Can Be Found Here

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