The 110th RCKC Colloquium "Unlocking the Secrets of 3 Billion Pages: Introducing the HathiTrust Research Center"

Title "Unlocking the Secrets of 3 Billion Pages: Introducing the HathiTrust Research Center"
Speaker J. Stephen Downie (Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Date Thursday, February 13th, 2014. 13:00-14:00
Location Meeting Room for Joint Research 1 on the 3rd floor of ULIS bldg. in Kasuga Area 
Abstract The HathiTrust is a partnership of over eighty major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Over 10 million volumes have been ingested into the HathiTrust digital archive from sources including Google Books, member university libraries, the Internet Archive, and numerous private collections. The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is dedicated to facilitating scholarship using this enormous corpus through enabling access to the corpus, developing research tools, fostering research projects and communities, and providing additional resources such as enhanced metadata and indices that will assist scholars to more easily exploit the HathiTrust corpus. The HTRC is a collaboration between the University of Illinois, Indiana University, and the HathiTrust, who together work to offer its users access to published public domain works as well as future limited access to in-copyright works. By developing state-of-the-art tools and cyberinfrastructure, the HTRC hopes to resolve the technical challenges that occur within massive amounts of digital text, enabling access to the digital growing record of human knowledge. This briefing will outline the mission and goals of the HTRC. It will also introduce current and planned projects, including its work on enabling the non-consumptive analyses of copyrighted materials. It will conclude with a discussion of the ways in which scholars can work with and through the HTRC.
Participation The seminar will be presented in English. No charge to participate and no reservation is needed.


J. Stephen Downie is Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Illinois Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center. He has been an active participant in the digital libraries and digital humanities research communities. He is best known for helping to establish an vibrant music information retrieval research community. Since 2005, he has directed the annual Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX). He also was a founder of the International Society Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) and its first president.