20 June 2018

Launch of new cultural heritage projects establish Digital Library Cloud Services

After a lot of hard work from our Cultural Heritage team we have delivered exciting new cultural heritage projects for the Royal Society, National Library of Wales and Indigenous Digital Archive all going live at roughly the same time. This is especially significant for us because they are all underpinned by our new platform, the Digital Library Cloud Services (DLCS). To be able to deliver these diverse projects using these services represents a major milestone in the platform's maturity.

The Royal Society Science in the Making project presents archival items related to 350 years of published material in the Philosophical Transactions, the oldest continuously published science journal in the world. The Pilot platform uses a number of DLCS services. Images are hosted by the DLCS, to provide IIIF Image API endpoints for consumption on static pages and in deep zoom viewers. All user generated content is stored in the form of W3C Web Annotations in the DLCS annotation server and is available for later reuse.

The National Library of Wales included delivery of a generic reusable open-source platform that allows the library to carry out various crowdsourcing projects using its rich collections. The DLCS annotation server is used to handle the resulting annotations produced through the crowdsourcing interface.

The Indigenous Digital Archive is an open source crowdsourcing platform built on the same components that includes tools to help prepare archival source material for the project, and tools to manage the taxonomy that emerges from it. The project is developed for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe. The archive will enable engagement with authentic public documents of community history, government actions, and civic life in New Mexico.

With these projects under our belt, and the resulting platform enhancements we have developed as a result, we are very excited about the future in terms of what we can make possible for a wide range of digital archives. Next up, a new website to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Royal Academy Exhibitions for the Paul Mellon Center, for more on that and other related work check out our dedicated cultural heritage microsite...