Harvard is exploring user interface technology concepts for a Harvard Digital Library.
The vision for the digital library is that as a researcher or academic who needs to locate web accessible digital collections and content made available by the Harvard Library, the user needs to easily discover what content and collections are available, to search and browse those collections, to have immediate on-line access to all Harvard Library on-line digital content, and to create personalized and annotated research portfolios for research teaching, and learning.
Technology assessments for some interesting sites that share some of the attributes desired in Harvard;'s digital library are listed below.
|Europeana||NYPL||Harvard Art Museums|
Blacklight, rails, https://github.com/europeana/europeana-portal-collections
Wrote blacklight extension to use Europeana API instead of solr index (like Library Cloud API)
|Custom ruby on rails application|
Custom site using Laravel PHP framework. Used the firm Area17 for design and implementation.
Uses the Art Museums collections API
|Metadata||Europeana data model/ linked open data||Custom Metadata Management System||The Museum System (TMS) SQL database plus MYSQL analytics database|
|Digital Objects||Hosted by providing sites, including IIIF compatible sites|
Local Fedora repository
IA Book Viewer
Custom image viewer (image carousel and deep zoom)
|All images served from the DRS image delivery service|
|Collections data model|
Europeana data model - http://labs.europeana.eu/api/linked-open-data-data-structure
A key for the Europeana REST API, available from: http://labs.europeana.eu/api/registration/
based on MODS, like Library Cloud
MODS has linked data URIs in many cases
http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/api supported by node.js and ElasticSearch
IIIF Presentation API (eg
released 180K images as high res
user friendly text on site, eg "View this item elsewhere" rather than our "Related Links"
Collection pages have "Meta" tags for SEO
- NYPL Labs. Based dually at the Library's landmark central branch on 42nd Street and at its cutting-edge services center in Long Island City, NYPL Labs is an interdisciplinary team working to reformat and reposition the Library's knowledge for the Internet age. Labs combines core digital library operations (digitization, metadata, permissions/reproductions, etc.) with a publicly engaged tech, design, and outreach team focused on enabling new uses of collections and data, collaborating with users on the creation of digital resources, and applying new technologies to library problem-solving.