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Past Event
April 4, 2011

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring Meeting

Nancy Maron, Program Manager, will present updates to the Ithaka S+R Case Studies in Sustainability. Session Description: It has been two years since Ithaka S+R’s Case Studies in Sustainability offered a candid view of just how developers of new and innovative digital content resources devise and modify their plans to contain costs and generate sustaining revenue streams for the long term.  With data on actual costs and revenues, the case studies offered a rare glimpse of the array of strategies…
Past Event
January 31, 2014

Web Seminar on Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections

Web Seminar on Strategies to Sustain Digitized Special Collections: Key Lessons from the Ithaka S+R/ARL report “Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections” Museums and libraries are taking advantage of new technologies to move rare and unique collections online. What most institutions learn quickly, though, is that digitization is often the easiest part. Grant funding rarely covers ongoing operations, and the larger challenge is to make sure digitized collections remain accessible and relevant over time.
Past Event
September 25, 2014

Webinar: Learn About Ithaka S+R’s Sustaining Digital Resources Course

Ithaka S+R’s Sustaining Digital Resources course begins in January, 2015, with applications due in October. Wondering if the course is right for you? Join us for this webinar, where course director Nancy Maron, Ithaka S+R’s program director for sustainability and scholarly communications, will offer an overview of the course, its goals, and the application process. She will be joined by members of the class of 2014 who will discuss how the course challenged them to create comprehensive sustainability strategies for their…
Past Event
May 29, 2015

Nancy Maron at HASTAC 2015: The Art and Science of Digital Humanities

Nancy Maron will speak on “Something of Great Constancy: Preserving the Elements of Innovative DH Work,” a panel at HASTAC 2015: The Art and Science of Digital Humanities. As scholars and students continue to experiment and engage in Digital Humanities, real value is generated as scholars create new knowledge, whether using technology to address age-old questions in a novel way, or identifying new questions to pursue. Some forays into Digital Humanities, however, produce not just knowledge, but also very discreet…
Blog Post
November 25, 2014

Shaking It Up!

Yesterday, I attended a symposium sponsored by Digital Science, Harvard, Microsoft, and MIT, called “Shaking It Up: How to thrive in – and change – the research ecosystem.” I made the trip to attend this event in person because I am focusing some attention on serving the sciences right now, and the sessions featured a remarkable array of mostly new initiatives in support of scientific research and scholarly communication. The opening keynote featured an appropriately pointed but ultimately inspirational…
Blog Post
June 18, 2014

New Report—Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase

Digital Humanities has captured the imagination of many faculty, staff and students in recent years. Experts in the field, from veterans of Digital Humanities Centers to library digitization units, know well the challenges that digital projects can pose, just to keep content and software up to date and relevant. As more scholars experiment with building digital humanities resources, how are their host institutions approaching the challenge of supporting these efforts over time? Ithaka S+R has just published Sustaining the…
Research Report
June 18, 2014

Sustaining the Digital Humanities

Host Institution Support Beyond the Start-up Phase

As more and more scholars experiment with building digital humanities (DH) resources, how are their host institutions approaching the challenge of supporting these diverse projects over time? In this study, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ithaka S+R explored the different models colleges and universities have adopted to support DH outputs on their campuses.  This final report, Sustaining the Digital Humanities: Host-Institution Support beyond the Start-Up Phase, and the accompanying Sustainability Implementation Toolkit, are intended to guide faculty,…
Research Report
June 18, 2014

Sustainability Implementation Toolkit

Developing an Institutional Strategy for Supporting Digital Humanities Resources

What do the digital humanities look like on your campus? What types of projects are your faculty undertaking? Which will require longer-term support, and where will that support come from? What roles do your service units, centers, and digital labs play in the various life-cycle stages, and is this clear to faculty? This toolkit will help administrators create a coherent institutional strategy for supporting digital humanities activities and the valuable outputs that they generate.To get started, follow the three steps below.…
Blog Post
March 27, 2014

Sustaining Digital Resources for the Long Term

With generous funding from the Jisc-led Strategic Content Alliance (SCA), Ithaka S+R has developed A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for Your Digital Resources. The report will support project leaders who are actively maintaining digital resources—and who seek funding models that support continued investment in their projects for the benefit of their users, over time. The world of digital creation has moved beyond major research institutions. It now includes museums, small historical societies, and local…
Research Report
March 27, 2014

A Guide to the Best Revenue Models and Funding Sources for your Digital Resources

There are fewer barriers than ever before for those who wish to build something on the web, whether an online journal, a website with tools for teaching, or a digitized collection of rare and unique materials. Yet, no matter who creates these resources or how they were initially funded, there are substantial costs involved in keeping digital resources up and running for the long term while continuing to deliver value to those who use them. With the support of the…
Blog Post
March 17, 2014

Sustaining Public History Projects

On March 22, at the National Council of Public History meeting in Monterey, California, we will be presenting on “From Antiquarians to Deadheads. Lessons from ‘Searching for Sustainability: Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections’” with our colleagues James David Moran from the American Antiquarian Society and Robin Chandler of UC Santa Cruz (home of the Grateful Dead Archive Online).  We’re looking forward to learning from our audience of public historians how they approach the creation and ongoing preservation of…
Research Report
November 20, 2013

Florida Folklife Collection

State Archives of Florida

Building User Engagement for a Sustainable Future The Florida Memory site first came online in 1996, and today it enjoys over forty-eight million page views each year from folklorists, historians, musicians, teachers, students, and others who use this rich collection. The Florida Folklife Collection, launched online in 2003, is one of Florida Memory’s most popular components. A digital repository of thousands of photographs and films, the collection is especially noted for its diverse mix of audio recordings, including vocal and…
Research Report
November 20, 2013

Searching for Sustainability

Strategies from Eight Digitized Special Collections

This report aims to address one of the biggest challenges facing libraries and cultural heritage organizations: how to move their special collections into the 21st century through digitization while developing successful strategies to make sure those collections remain accessible and relevant over time. Through a cooperative agreement as part of the National Leadership Grants Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), in partnership with Ithaka S+R, to undertake in-depth case studies…
Research Report
November 20, 2013

American Antiquarian Society

Worcester, Massachusetts

Building a comprehensive digital collection and creating a vital revenue stream through commercial partnerships The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), an independent research library and scholarly society, has a clearly defined mission: to collect everything published and printed in America prior to 1877. The AAS has traditionally operated from a small endowment and contributions. But in 2002, Readex, a publisher of digitized historical primary source materials, began to reissue AAS-based microform products in digital form, paying the Society royalties that quickly…
Research Report
November 20, 2013

Biodiversity Heritage Library

Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Sustainable growth through collaborative partnerships The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL), created in 2006, is the result of a collaboration of ten natural history museum and botanical garden libraries seeking to digitize core taxonomic literature and to make it free and openly available throughout the world. Today, the BHL includes fifteen member institutions whose efforts have shaped a collection of over 60,000 titles. It has developed beyond project status to become a service that researchers in systematic biology have integrated into…
Research Report
November 20, 2013

Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History

Cornell University

Upfront investment in user-friendly back-end systems allows for continual growth The Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition and History (HEARTH) is a digitized collection of academic and popular monographs and journals comprising the core literature of home economics, or, as it is more commonly known today, human ecology. Created at Cornell University’s Mann Library, which serves primarily Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Ecology, HEARTH was launched in 2003 with the support of a two-year…
Research Report
November 20, 2013

Grateful Dead Archive Online

University of California at Santa Cruz

Cultivating a targeted user group for support and content Few archives come with a built-in fan base. The Grateful Dead Archive Online is distinguished from many other academic special collections by the variety of media it holds, from concert tickets to audio files and art created by fans of the band, and by its potential audience, the many thousands of fans of the Grateful Dead. Support for the Archive has come from grant funding, private donors, and from this fan…
Research Report
November 20, 2013

Maine Memory Network

Maine Historical Society

Investing in distributed capacity-building for continuous growth The Maine Memory Network, referred to as “Maine’s Statewide Digital Museum,” created by the Maine Historical Society, provides a shared space for cultural institutions throughout the state to scan and host images, documents, and artifacts from their collections. By initially framing the project as a partnership and investing in concentrated outreach and training, the program has succeeded in bringing in over 270 partners from across the state, from the Maine State Archives, to…
Research Report
November 20, 2013

Vanderbilt Television News Archive

Vanderbilt University

Securing institutional support for a national mission On August 5, 1968, Vanderbilt University Libraries (then, the Joint University Libraries) began recording, preserving, and providing access to the news broadcasts of the three national networks. Since then, Vanderbilt has captured more than 40,000 hours of news broadcasts, creating the largest collection of American broadcast news in the world. Most remarkable about this case is the longevity of the Television News Archive. The Archive has always been financially challenged, but it has…
Blog Post
July 30, 2013

Notes from the field: Digital Humanities 2013

On July 15 I participated in the Digital Humanities 2013, an international conference hosted by Ken Price, Kay Walter, and their colleagues at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. The four-day conference featured hundreds of compelling papers and posters about digital humanities theory, practice, projects, and tools. The day before the conference, I hosted a half-day workshop for eighteen digital project leaders seeking to develop sustainability plans. We had a diverse and engaged group…