UMSI professor Paul Conway will lead a project to digitize and disseminate Leo Sarkisian Archive materials ethically. The project focuses on the preservation and dissemination of music, scripts and broadcast recordings from the Voice of America radio program Music Time in Africa, including field recordings made beginning in the early 1960s. Co-principal investigators include Kelly M. Askew, U-M professor of anthropology and Afroamerican and African studies, and UMSI clinical associate professor David A. Wallace. Shannon Zachary and Robert McIntyre of U-M Library will also work on the project.
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UMSI Associate Professor Paul Conway is collaborating with Kelly Askew, associate professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies and the founding director of U-M’s African Studies Center, to continue a project that is preserving and preparing for digitization the Leo Sarkisian Collection of African Music.
Associate Professor of Information Paul Conway will examine the viability and potential of developing a digital aggregation service that can be adopted for use in digital library holdings across the Midwest region.
Online access to data, computational tools, and resources can be invaluable to researchers, whether it’s offered in a format called a science gateway, portal, or hub. Nevertheless, funding for the ongoing development and maintenance of gateways is far from guaranteed. This prompted the question, "What makes one science gateway more successful than another?"
UMSI professor Paul Conway proposed this project to build and test a prototype content-management platform to digitize and preserve sound recordings of live musical performances. UMSI professor David Wallace will be working with Conway on this project, as will Kelly Askew, a professor in the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
The DIPIR project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and led by Dr. Ixchel Faniel and Dr. Elizabeth Yakel. Together with partners at The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Open Context, they study data reuse in three academic disciplines to identify how contextual information about the data that supports reuse can best be created and preserved.
Katherine Lawrence, researcher at the School of Information, is participating in a project funded by the National Science Foundation to plan a Science Gateway Institute. This institute would offer a complete range of services aimed at connecting numerous individual groups developing domain-specific, user-friendly, Web-based portals and tools that enable scientific research.
This project examined the quality in large-scale digitization, with a particular interest in the errors that have been caused through the digitization process and the difference it makes to users when error is found in digitized content.
The University of Michigan School of Information and several partners engaged in a three-year project to support course development facilitating the translation of learning between “real world practice” and the classroom, a series of digital curation/preservation administration internships, and a Digital Curation/Preservation Educators’ conference.
This project aligned with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s (NHPRC) strategic goal to promote the dissemination and use of historical records. The project developed tools by which grant-making organizations can access the impact of archives upon users and fostered a culture of assessment among the repositories that are the custodians of our public records.