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Update on June 2013 Activities

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The Board of Governors has begun a search for a new Executive Director to fill the position John Wilkin will be leaving in August (see the introduction to the 2013 Mid-Year Review). The Program Steering Committee is planning to hold a virtual meeting in July, and an in-person meeting in September. 

Government Documents Registry

HathiTrust completed a scope statement for the government documents registry, including project purposes, assumptions, and constraints. Project staff continued work to identify and analyze potential sources of metadata, and engaged in activities related to the registry structure and functionality.  

We will soon be calling for open focus groups to provide feedback on proposed functionality, use cases, and record structure. For more information, or to volunteer for the focus groups, please contact valglenn@umich.edu.


Local Digitization

Based on survey feedback from several institutions preparing locally-digitized content for deposit, HathiTrust discussed plans for two new online validation services: a simple web-based service that will validate individual TIFF or JPEG2000 files against repository specifications, and a full-volume cloud-based service that will validate entire volume packages. HathiTrust is discussing development schedules for both projects with the aim of providing the first in the late summer or early fall, and the second on a later timeframe. HathiTrust continued to correspond with several institutions about ingest of locally digitized materials, including Indiana University, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Illinois. 


Penn State updated bibliographic records for 30,000 volumes, adding information needed to identify them as U.S. federal government documents, and making them viewable worldwide in HathiTrust.

Working Groups and Committees

User Support Working Group

A summary of User Support inquiries received in June is included at the end of the update.


Bibliographic Data Management

The California Digital Library (CDL) team has initiated a full load of all current HathiTrust bibliographic records to a staging instance of the new metadata management system, Zephir. Prior to loading the production system, this staging load will serve as a point of comparison with the current system and reflects recent coding changes. The CDL team continues to work with staff at the University of Michigan to ensure that Zephir includes the same records as those in the current system. Additionally, the CDL team is working with University of Michigan staff to prepare for running the two systems in parallel later this summer. The timeline for the project is available at http://www.hathitrust.org/htmms.

Copyright Review

A summary of the determinations from HathiTrust copyright review activities in June is given below. See CRMS-US and CRMS-World for further information.




Public Domain Determinations

All Determinations

Public Domain Determinations

All Determinations



7,909 139,201 260,769


3,008 5,648 29,901 55,657


6,782 13,557 169,102 316,426

HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC)

Plans for the second annual Hathi Trust Research Center UnCamp 2013 are developing.  The September 8-9, 2013 event at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign will be as hands-on and participant-responsive as the first event was. It will feature stellar keynote speakers including Matt Wilkens, who specializes in contemporary American fiction, and digital and computational literary studies at Notre Dame, and Christopher Warren, specialist in Renaissance literature as it relates to politics, law, international political thought, and intellectual history, at Carnegie Mellon.   New this year is a Scholarly Communication Office Hours.  The office hours is a pilot for user services: participants will have the option to sign up for individual consultation sessions with members of the UIUC library. 

Mark your calendar to join us!  Additional information about the UnCamp will be posted to http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc_uncamp2013 as it becomes available.


University of Michigan staff presented on mPach’s publication and preservation model in separate sessions with staff from the Texas A&M University Library, University Press, and Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Michigan and IODP staff discussed possible uses of mPach by IODP. Michigan staff also presented at Stanford University Libraries on the Norm tool for converting DOCX files to JATS XML. The timeline on the mPach project page was updated to show expected dates of completion for major project milestones.

Development Updates

HathiTrust institutions performed the following work related to applications and Web interfaces:

Full-text Search

As part of work to improve relevance ranking, staff opened an issue in Solr’s ticketing system to allow Solr to use Lucene’s BlockGroupingCollector along with Solr’s result grouping feature (see the Update on May 2013 Activities for further background).

Staff continued to design a process for indexing JATS XML articles.


Staff continued to develop functionality to deliver JATS XML articles as PDFs.

Storage Hardware Replacement Cycle

Storage due for retirement at the Indianapolis site was taken offline and is undergoing the standard security wipe. Storage due for retirement at the Michigan site is halfway through the same process. The replacement process is projected to be completed in July.


No outages were reported in June.

New Growth

As of July 1:

  June Overall
Boston College 182 2,361
Columbia University 0 65,033
Cornell University 3,600 423,436
Duke University 0 4,523
Harvard University 1 236,069
Indiana University 60 195,297
Library of Congress 0 89,724
North Carolina State University 0 3,196
Northwestern University 1,375 35,344
New York Public Library 11 288,354
Penn State University 450 59,637
Princeton University 2 251,704
Purdue University 0 44,692
Universidad Complutense 1 111,983
University of California 2,496 3,391,291
The University of Chicago 421 30,812
University of Florida 0 2,068
University of Illinois 1,807 111,125
University of Michigan 4,002 4,647,133
University of Minnesota 524 107,343
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 0 16,588
University of Wisconsin 11 555,744
University of Virginia 0 50,815
Utah State 0 117
Yale University 0 23,678
Total 14,941 10,748,067

Public Domain (~31%)

Total* 19,406 3,405,432

* Includes volumes opened through copyright review and rights holder permissions

Summary of Issues Received by User Support

Issue Type June May
Content 342 390


329 386


13 13
Cataloging 81 135
Access and Use 202 144


148 79


10 10


0 1

Print on Demand

1 0

Inter-library loan

4 0

Full-PDF or e-copy requests

12 20


4 5

Data Availability and APIs

0 1

Reuse of content

1 7
Web applications 20 33

Functionality problems

9 13

Problems with login specifically

2 3

General Questions about Login

0 2

Partners setting up login

1 1

Usability issues

1 1

Feature requests

1 1
Partner Ingest 3 10
General 34 57


8 6


0 0


26 52
Total 670 769

Most Accessed Volumes

Roster of the Confederate soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, v.1.

A treatise on money, v.1 1930, by John Maynard Keynes.

The nature and sources of the law, by John Chipman.
A history of agriculture in the state of New York, by Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick.

L'Algérie, ancienne et moderne depuis les premiers éstablissements des Carthaginois jusqu'à l'expedition du général randon en 1853. Vignettes par Raffet et Rouargue Frères.

Phantasms of the living, Vol. 1, by Edmund Gurney.
The human figure, by John H. Vanderpoel.
Air commerce bulletin, v.2, Jul-Jun, 1930-31.
Nouvelles lettres de la reine de Navarre: adressées au roi François Ier, son frère, by Marguerite, Queen of Navarre.
Heraldry in America, by Eugene Zieber

July Forecast

  • Continue work on full-text relevance ranking.
  • Continue exploration of the Solr experimental block-join functionality.
  • Continue to design a process for indexing the full text of JATS XML articles.
  • Continue work to enable the delivery of JATS XML articles as PDFs.


    Partner-specific Presentations


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