Grant Deliverables

The Educopia Institute and its Affiliated Communities openly and regularly publish the results of our research and development work. To ensure our research inspires action, we regularly produce practical guidance manuals, edited volumes, and conference proceedings on current topics in digital curation, publishing, and preservation. We produce most of our deliverables collaboratively with leading professionals in the fields of digital humanities, digital sciences, digital libraries, and digital archives.

As part of our commitment to openness, we make all of our deliverables available here as free downloads.

ETDplus Virtual Workshops

Training Students to Manage ETDs and Research Outputs

The ETD+ Virtual Workshop Series, taught by Dr. Katherine Skinner, is a set of free introductory training resources on crucial data curation and digital longevity techniques. Focusing on the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) as a mile-marker in a student’s research trajectory, it provides in-time advice to students and faculty about avoiding common digital loss scenarios for the ETD and all of its affiliated files.

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ETD+ Toolkit

The ETD+ Toolkit is an approach to improving student and faculty research output management. Focusing on the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) as a mile-marker in a student’s research trajectory, it provides in-time advice to students and faculty about avoiding common digital loss scenarios for the ETD and all of its affiliated files.

Greatest Competency Needs by Sector

The Mapping the Landscapes, nationwide survey allowed deep exploration into what those working in libraries, archives, and museums define as critical competencies for their day-to-day work. Respondents selected up to three high-level competency areas that were critical to their jobs, and then rated their confidence levels on specific competencies in each area. The resulting data was coded to develop heatmaps for professional development planners to spot where respondents felt a minor or significant need for training around a given topic.

Guidance Briefs: Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects

These Guidance Briefs have been authored by the ETDplus project team as short (3-4 page) “how-to” oriented briefs that will help ETD/IR programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers.

These briefs are open, editable documents that colleges and universities can use to assist their own student researchers in understanding data and content management techniques early in their careers.

Nexus LAB: Layers of Leadership Across Libraries, Archives, and Museums - September 2016 Draft

Libraries, archives, and museums contribute to their shared communities by providing access to information, preserving cultural heritages, creating new knowledge, and facilitating lifelong learning. Networked together, these fields are combining their disciplinary strengths and perspectives to collaboratively develop, support and inspire the leaders whom are actively improving institutions and communities.

ICONC Project Dataset

Within this .zip file are four files pertaining to the ICONC project dataset. An .xls excel workbook holds 13 pivot table report views on individual worksheets, as well the ICONC project's raw data worksheet. Data report views include: Timeline, Project Lifespans, All State Activity Profiles, State Profile Detail, Activity_Histogram by Type, Activity Listing, Organization Histogram by State, Organization listing, Program Creation by State, Organization Engagement by Activity Type, and Organization Count by Activity.

Chrysalis: Moving Forward Collectively

After summarizing critical systemic issues within scholarly communications, this white paper explores the translation and applicability of the established Collective Impact model to foster change towards digital scholarship sustainability. A rationale and process for using the Collective Impact model within scholarly communications is followed by observations from an initial pilot event held with stakeholder representatives. Future directions for utilizing Collective Impact to achieve change in scholarly communications are noted.

ETD Lifecycle Management Tools

The project team developed and documented software tools to be used as micro-services to assist in ETD lifecycle management. Micro-services are single-function services that can be used individually or incorporated into existing repository workflows. The tools were openly licensed for use and modification through the University of North Texas Libraries and were distributed freely in late 2014 after a public review period. The accompanying documentation (ETD Lifecycle Management Tools Manual) was freely disseminated under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 license.

ETD Lifecycle Management Workshop

The Lifecycle Management of Electronic Theses & Dissertations (ETDs) Workshop consists of a modular set of Creative Commons (CC-BY 4.0) licensed materials that are available for ETD programs or professional associations to make use of (and adapt) for educating a wide-range of ETD stakeholders. They can be modified, expanded upon, or scaled back to accommodate full-day or half-day in-person workshops, or even brief virtual webinars.

Nexus Recommendations for Action

In June 2014, the Nexus project assembled stakeholders in library leadership programs, including library leaders, leadership program consultants, and professional organizations to discuss the necessary steps to catalyze library leadership development. The resulting Recommendations for Actions set forth an ambitious agenda to build a shared leadership development roadmap, shared curriculum and evaluation modules, and a network of leadership trainers to coordinate action.

Chronicles Interoperability Tools

The Chronicles project focused on developing strategies, workflows, and tools for ingesting preservation-ready news content. Early in the project, the PI, PM, and Technical Advisor hosted a set of concentrated discussions across the three DDP partners (MetaArchive, UNT Coda, and Chronopolis). In these conversations, we formalized a strategy for accomplishing content exchanges using common tools and mechanisms wherever possible.

Comparative Analysis of Distributed Digital Preservation Frameworks

The Chronicles in Preservation project has provided an evaluation of three leading technical approaches in the U.S. context (iRODS at Chronopolis, LOCKSS at MetaArchive, and Coda at University of North Texas Libraries) for institutions that want to preserve their diverse newspaper holdings in Distributed Digital Preservation (DDP) frameworks. Each of these approaches has unique features and qualities that may be well suited to particular institutions’ needs.

Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness

Libraries and other cultural memory organizations curate a substantial body of digital newspaper content. The genesis of these collections is often a series of iterative and cumulative digitization and born-digital acquisitions with idiosyncratic and ad-hoc data storage structures that vary radically in their file types, structures, and metadata. These institutions have limited resources to expend on the normalization or restructuring of their legacy digital content.

Pilot ICONC Dashboards

The ICONC project created an open data-set revealing the characteristics of U.S.-based digital preservation collaborations from 1994‐2014. Data was populated from publications, websites, grant awards, and surveys of NASCIO and NAGARA members. Ten data attributes were captured for each of the 211 documented collaborative activities; six areas of data attributes were recorded for the 1,274 participating American organizations (out of the 1,856 participating organizations.) The relationships between organizations and activities were recorded to enable relational analyses.