Executive Director Search
The Executive Director Search Committee has been actively working on building the pool of prospective candidates for the Executive Director position. We are very pleased to report that, as of October 1, 26 individuals have expressed interest in the position, individuals who represent the broad spectrum of the information landscape. We are very gratified by the response and expect to begin reviewing applications shortly.
Program Steering Committee Update
The Program Steering Committee held a full-day meeting on September 13th, and developed plans to initiate action in several programmatic areas. New subgroups will be appointed to advance the establishment of a distributed print archive on monographic holdings corresponding to the digital content in HathiTrust, and to expand and enhance access to U.S. federal government publications. These actions address ballot initiatives approved at the HathiTrust Constitutional Convention. Additional subgroups will be appointed to continue the work of the Collections Steering Committee setting priorities for expanding collections, and to define potential initiatives to expand access by clearing rights and incorporating open access publications. In future meetings the Committee will review a proposal for a distributed program to certify the quality of volumes within HathiTrust, and review recommendations for policies regarding metadata use. The Committee has also begun work to develop principles for evaluating and prioritizing proposals for programmatic initiatives.
HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp
HTRC held its 2nd Annual UnCamp at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Sep 8-9. 134 attendees from 19 US States, Canada, and Costa Rica participated in this 1.5-day event. The participants came from diverse backgrounds: administrators, developers, researchers, students, and librarians, making it a well-blended event for the community. This year’s UnCamp featured hands-on access to the HTRC Data API, a newly designed portal for creating and building work sets, and an informational session on metadata enhancement accomplished through mini-grants funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Topics highlighted in breakout sessions included computational access to the copyrighted corpus, and ways in which metadata enhancements could be coordinated between HTRC, the HathiTrust repository, and Zephir, a new bibliographic management system for HathiTrust under development by the California Digital Library. Attendees welcomed the volume-level word counts and gender information now available in the HTRC, and requested word counts at the page level, which HTRC is working on. After the UnCamp, a participant wrote and contributed code that facilitates authorization to HTRC services. Ted Underwood of UIUC, as UnCamp came to an end, tweeted a promising high note:
“I thought that was a pretty great #HTRC13; it feels like a user community is coalescing; many thanks to @modernmuchness & everyone at IL/IN”
HathiTrust corresponded with several institutions about content formats, specifications, ingest package composition, and other issues related to ingest of locally-digitized materials. HathiTrust received bibliographic records for, and answered questions about, deposit of materials digitized by the Internet Archive.
Working Groups and Committees
User Support Working Group
The User Support Working Group created a new Bibliographic Corrections Subgroup and modified workflows for receiving, investigating, and routing inquiries related to bibliographic metadata corrections. This was done in preparation for the introduction of the new bibliographic management system, Zephir, and corresponding changes to the processes for correcting bibliographic records in HathiTrust.
Bibliographic Data Management
California Digital Library (CDL) and University of Michigan staff achieved parity between Zephir and the current system operated by the University of Michigan; both systems included and were able to output the same bibliographic records. The systems entered a parallel phase, expected to last several weeks, where parity will be confirmed on a daily basis to confirm Zephir’s readiness to operate as the production system. Since August, institutions depositing content have been submitting bibliographic records to both the University of Michigan and CDL, and are asked to continue to do so until Zephir goes into production. Please see http://www.hathitrust.org/ingest_checklist for information about submitting records to HathiTrust. Any questions about Zephir or content ingest should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Government Documents Registry
Project team members held five open focus groups in late September/early October to gather feedback on proposed metadata elements and functionality for the HathiTrust government documents registry. The focus groups were well attended, with representation from a wide variety of interested groups. The comments received and the discussions that took place were very useful for the project team. A summary of the feedback received in all of the sessions is available at http://bit.ly/16QeM3i. Thank you to everyone who participated!
Public Domain Determinations
Public Domain Determinations
Staff at the University of Michigan defined the preservation levels to be associated with content submitted through mPach. Integrated and supplemental materials that meet existing HathiTrust specifications will be preserved at the bit level with format migration. Materials that do not meet specifications will be preserved at the bit level only. Staff continued development of Norm, adding support to convert OpenDocument (“ODT”) files to JATS XML and improving support for Unicode.
HathiTrust institutions performed the following work related to applications and Web interfaces:
Staff sent e-mail notices to registered Data API users about the availability of version 2 of the Data API and associated documentation. Version 1 of the Data API will be taken out of service on November 1, 2013.
Staff began working on web server upgrades for the HathiTrust development environment. The upgrades, consisting of several virtual
servers hosted on new equipment, will offer a new JRuby application framework, a new dedicated release testing environment that more closely
mirrors production, and increased performance and reliability.
Staff created a production size, page-level index of volumes in HathiTrust to assist with tests in performance and relevance ranking of full-text search results (previously only a volume-level index existed). The page-level index was created in particular to investigate scalability issues related to Solr’s grouping functionality. Staff also discussed and designed methods of “chunking” book OCR at indexing-time (indexing chunks other than at the page-level), as a part of experiments to improve relevance ranking.
Special Access to In-copyright Materials
Staff discussed ways of improving the efficiency of workflows for managing special access to in-copyright materials. This kind of access is granted on a limited basis for purposes such as copyright review. Staff continued work to supplement existing security measures surrounding in-copyright materials through the identification and tracking of potentially unauthorized accesses (e.g., that might result from a compromised user account).
No outages were reported in September.
As of October 1:
|Library of Congress||0||89,724|
|North Carolina State University||0||3,196|
|New York Public Library||7||288,364|
|Penn State University||12||64,786|
|University of California||12,008||3,419,334|
|The University of Chicago||3||33,545|
|University of Florida||2,001||9,587|
|University of Illinois||1,017||112,151|
|University of Michigan||3,378||4,657,201|
|University of Minnesota||611||110,338|
|University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill||3||17,025|
|University of Wisconsin||56||555,871|
|University of Virginia||0||50,817|
Public Domain (~33%)
* Includes volumes opened through copyright review and rights holder permissions
Summary of Issues Received by User Support
|Access and Use||107||183|
Print on Demand
Full-PDF or e-copy requests
Data Availability and APIs
Reuse of content
Problems with login specifically
General Questions about Login
Partners setting up login
Most Accessed Volumes
- Complete the development of ePub and PDF generation from JATS.
- Continue to explore improvements to relevancy ranking.
- Work on adding support for indexing of JATS articles.
Papers & Presentations
Please see HTRC UnCamp 2013 for presentations given at the second annual HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp.