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Grants and Partnerships

The California Digital Library's success in delivering digital collections and services for teaching, learning, and research has been achieved through collaboration with the UC campuses and state, national, and international partners.

Our record of acquiring grants to explore strategic innovations in digital libraries has resulted in broader online access to materials held in UC libraries and museums and contributed to the development of online resources and web archiving tools. Current grant-funded and partnership activities include the following:

Collection Development and Management

Heading WEST: Toward a Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST): This grant is funding an initiative to organize a distributed, retrospective print repository service, and includes partners such as the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of Arizona, and others.

External linkUC Libraries/JSTOR Paper Repository: The University of California Libraries and JSTOR (Journal Storage) contracted to create a paper repository of over 14,000,000 pages (500+ titles) from journal runs across all UC campuses. This "dim" archive (accessible to only UC faculty, staff, students and JSTOR) has one ideal & complete set of every contract JSTOR title.

UC Mass Digitization Partners with Google and Internet Archive: Millions of books from the UC Libraries are being scanned through our participation in mass digitization projects. These projects expand the UC Libraries ability to give faculty, students and the public access to information and support our exploration of new service models. The UC Libraries are currently participating in two mass digitization projects: Google Book Search, and digitization via the Internet Archive.

Completed / Inactive

Pay It Forward Project: The University of California, Davis partnered with CDL's Collection Development and Management program on the 18-month Pay It Forward project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation. Qualitative and quantitative data gathering and analysis processes were used to propose hypothetical models for distributing costs among stakeholders in the scholarly publication process, with varying economic implications.

Digital Preservation (University of California Curation Center)

DMPTool: The California Digital Library and its partners were awarded a $590,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund further development of the popular Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool) in 2013. The bulk of the grant will go to the UC Curation Center (UC3) at the CDL to fund improvements to the DMPTool including expanded functionality, training modules, documentation and the creation of an open-source community to sustain the DMPTool in the future. Project partners are the University of Virginia Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, and DataONE.

External linkDataOne: Researchers at the University of California have partnered with dozens of other universities and agencies to create DataONE, a global data access and preservation network for earth and environmental scientists that will support breakthroughs in environmental research. DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) is one of two $20 million awards as part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) DataNet program.

Completed / Inactive

External linkCenter for Bibliographic Studies and Research (CBSR), UC Riverside: The Digital Preservation Program works collaboratively with the CBSR staff to develop methods to more efficiently manage over 1.5 million pages that are part of the California Newspaper Project. Currently we are evaluating what is the most cost effective and efficient method to store and preserve the content and how to simultaneously maintain access copies.

External linkJHOVE2: With funding from the Library of Congress under its National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP), the CDL, Portico, and Stanford University are collaborating on a two-year project to develop and deploy the next-generation JHOVE architecture that will provide enhanced performance, streamlined APIs, and significant new features that will help digital libraries ingest content.

External linkUniversity and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley: The California Digital Library provided support to the UC/Jeps to develop the Consortium of California Herbaria (CCH). Sixteen institutions serve data and metadata from over 1,000,000 dried specimens of vascular plants collected in California from the late 1800s to the present. Digital Preservation Program will support the investigation of solutions that ensure the long-term access, management and storage of the Herbaria’s digital collections.

Digital Special Collections

External linkUncovering California’s Environmental Collections: This project is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) as part of its Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives Program. Nine California special collections and archival repositories, in collaboration with the CDL, will uncover 33 hidden collections related to the state's environment and environmental history. The collections document an array of important sub-topics such as irrigation, mining, forestry, agriculture, industry, land use, activism, and research. Together they form a multifaceted picture of the natural world and the way it was probed, altered, exploited and protected in California over the twentieth century. Finding aids will be made available through the Online Archive of California (OAC).

off siteSocial Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project: Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in a grant led by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities (IATH) and with the School of Information at UC Berkeley, the CDL will partner in the Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project to explore the potential for archival authority records to improve access to cultural resources in libraries, archives, and museums. CDL will create a prototype access system that links the creator records to each other and to related resources in a “historical social network.” The goal of the project is to demonstrate the extent to which archival authority records can be used to provide better context for and access to a broad array of humanities materials.

Local History Digital Resources Project: Supported by a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the California State Library and coordinated by the Califa Library Group, this multi-year project provides a "solution in a box" for public, academic, and specialized libraries seeking to become conversant with developing digital primary resource collections. Each year, a group of institutions select, scan, and catalogue approximately 200 items for publication through the Online Archive of California, Calisphere, and local websites. The digital assets are also maintained for the long-term in the CDL-managed Digital Preservation Repository.


Completed / Inactive

eScholarship PLUS: In a joint effort to respond to substantial and often unmet publishing needs within the UC community, the University of California Press and the California Digital Library have established the University of California Publishing Services (eScholarship PLUS) to support the dissemination of scholarly research.

University of California Libraries and Systemwide Initiatives

HathiTrust: As founding members of HathiTrust, the CDL and UC libraries are helping develop a shared digital library to expand access to digitized books and ensure their preservation, while developing services of interest to scholars.
CDL participation: Digital Preservation Program (UC3), Collections Program, and Discovery & Delivery Program

External linkMelvyl via OCLC WorldCat Local: In discussions about the Bibliographic Services Task Force (BSTF) report in 2006, UC library experts and faculty affirmed that improvements to UC systems were essential. The University Librarians decided to investigate partnership opportunities with OCLC to explore the next generation of the Melvyl union catalog based on a University of California pilot version of
CDL participation: Discovery & Delivery Program

Completed / Inactive

Shared Research Computing Pilot: This pilot will demonstrate how shared research computing and storage clusters residing in regional data centers at UC can provide computing services to principal investigators in a more cost-effective manner.
CDL participation: CDL Executive Director on Advisory Board, UC Curation Center will be exploring services for this pilot.

UC Institute of Global Health: Information, Communication and Technology Task Force: Working in close coordination with the Education Task Force, this group is developing plans for how information, communication and technology will be developed, implemented and managed in support of the educational, research and service activities of the UC Institute of Global Health. UC libraries are already providing a number of services to support the mission of the Institute and are exploring additional needs.

Last updated: April 10, 2017
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