University of Notre Dame Receives $455,000 Mellon Foundation Grant To Develop Software Platform to Help Universities Access Library and Museum Holdings
From the University of Notre Dame:
The University of Notre Dame has been awarded a $455,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a Unified Preservation and Exhibition Platform — a software solution that will enable universities to access museum and library holdings through a single online portal.
The Snite Museum of Art and the Hesburgh Libraries — including Rare Books and Special Collections and University Archives — will use their expertise and extensive holdings to develop a new software platform to address this universal challenge. University officials believe the new platform will have a transformational effect on research, teaching and learning at Notre Dame and other institutions facing similar needs.
In addition to enhanced discovery and access, the single-portal platform will reduce technological and administrative barriers that often hinder collaboration between libraries and museums.
The project will unite previously independent efforts to build digital infrastructures. Library developers will build on existing tools — including the institutional repository CurateND and the locally developed Digital Exhibits and Collections application — to create a new resource that meets the needs of both museums and libraries. An integrated system that aligns administrative and technological infrastructure will both reduce technology overhead and curatorial redundancies and increase resource discovery and research productivity.
The three-and-one-half-year collaboration aims to yield contributions far beyond the Unified Preservation and Exhibition Platform itself.
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