Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: Digital Arctic Community Heritage: For Preservation and Access (Award# 1203768)

PI: Presnall, Aaron (apresnall@jeffersoninst.org)
Phone: (202) 548.8556 
Institute/Department: Thomas Jefferson Institute for the Study of World Politics,  
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ASSP
Program Manager: Dr. Anna Kerttula (akerttul@nsf.gov)
Discipline(s): | Data Management | Social and Human Sciences |

Project Web Site(s):
Data: http://www.jeffersoninst.org/
NSF_Award_Info: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=12...

Science Summary:
In order to preserve and explore the history, languages and cultures of the Arctic, it is essential that citizens understand the nature and extent of the public archival record and contribute to its digitization, for preservation and access. While many communities want to address this challenge, they are often inhibited by uncertainty on best practices and standards, on comparative experiences, and on the range of available tools in particular, open source options. Most discourse on digital archive solutions is centered on the needs of large research libraries and national institutions. This project seeks to make a unique contribution to the development and maintenance of open source tools and systems for digital archival content in small communities. The project begins by gathering a diverse set of local, state, federal, academic and non-governmental stakeholders from the US, Norway and Canada for a workshop at Monticello to share insights on tools and case studies for archive digitization, and to jointly develop the still unmet requirements for open source tools for Arctic archive digitization. As Arctic archives come on line, the research team hopes their work will empower and directly engage the pan-Arctic communities in better understanding how they came to be and how they interrelate with one another in confronting the challenges of the present.

Logistics Summary:
This project seeks to establish a continuing collaborative process for on-line and inperson exchange on Arctic digital archives. It begins by gathering a diverse set of local, state, federal, academic and non-governmental stakeholders from the US, Norway and Canada for a workshop at Monticello to share latest insights on available tools and case studies for archive digitization, and to jointly develop the still unmet requirements for open source tools for Arctic archive digitization, utilizing a unified open source digital archive system as a contributed plug in to an existing community such as DSpace. No fieldwork is conducted.




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