Zepheira Case Study: Recollection – A Linked Data Platform of Digital Collections: Part 1

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress is an initiative to develop a national strategy to collect, archive and preserve the burgeoning amounts of digital content for current and future generations. It is based on an understanding that digital stewardship on a national scale depends on active cooperation between communities. The NDIIPP network of partners have collected a diverse array of digital content, including social science data-sets, geospatial information, Web sites and blogs, e-journals, audiovisual materials, and digital government records.

In 2008, the NDIIPP partners shared content through a simple static web page constructed manually by Library staff. In order to explore more dynamic and useful tools and processes for sharing their collections of diverse content, the Library began a pilot project in 2009 with Zepheira. The result is a software platform called Recollection (Update: now known as Viewshare).

Read Part 1 of the case study which describes the Recollection platform and its use of linked data principles to empower curators of digital content.

For more read Part 2 of the case study which describes the way in which Recollection supports the NDIIPP community and the future role Recollection will serve in the Library’s digital preservation strategy.

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