Other Grants Received Recently

To further its mission, the Library solicits grants and contracts from governmental and private sources. Here are some grant funded projects that are not listed elsewhere.

Cornerstones of the American Middle Class: The Historical Collective Bargaining Agreements Project

With funding from The National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Cornell University Library will digitize 84,000 pages of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) representing the American educational and retail sectors from the U.S. Department of Labor Historical Collective Bargaining Agreements Collection at the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives. Contact: Chery Beredo bcb8@cornell.edu

Educating the New Generation of E-Scientists through Developing a Data Information Literacy Curriculum

Cornell University Library is partnering with Purdue University (lead), the University of Oregon, and the University of Minnesota to develop a model for designing and implementing a data information literacy (DIL) instruction program for graduate students in STEM disciplines. Five project teams composed of a data librarian, a subject librarian, and a faculty researcher are working to develop a DIL program with defined learning goals, educational interventions and metrics for assessment. The Cornell team worked with Cliff Kraft, Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources, to develop and offer NTRES 6940: Managing data to facilitate your research in Spring 2013. Due to positive feedback from faculty and students, the Cornell team members are working to establish the course as a regular offering in the Department of Natural Resources and are holding generalized data management workshops in the library aimed at students in other disciplines. To share its experience with others the teams held a Data Information Literacy Symposium at Purdue University in September 2013, are creating a web-based toolkit, and have submitted a book proposal to Purdue University Press.

Enhancing Skills for Faculty in the Agricultural Sciences Success In Sub-Saharan Africa

With funding from the Elsevier Foundation, the Cornell University Library will work with Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA) to develop and deliver science writing and information literacy training to young faculty, researchers and librarians in the agricultural and related biological fields. The training will focus on developing essential skills to publish and disseminate research findings. Contact: Joy Paulson jp243@cornell.edu and Jim Morris-Knower jpk15@cornell.edu 

Linked Data for Libraries 

An investigation in collaboration with the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and Stanford University Libraries on using Linked Data and the Semantic Web to improve discovery and access of scholarly information. The Semantic Web is a set of conventions for making the human-readable information communicated on web pages more understandable and reusable by computers. Linked Data is a way of expressing data in large “clouds” on the Internet so that computers can make connections among different collections with a minimum of prior agreement. Ultimately, the goal of the project is to create a system that pulls information out of its existing silos — like library catalogs, finding aids, reading lists and more — into a common format that people can use to find and understand information. This new system would apply to all scholarly and creative disciplines, including the sciences, the arts and the humanities.  With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Contact: Dean Krafft dean.krafft@cornell.edu; further information at https://wiki.duraspace.org/display/ld4l

New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse

New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse A project led by Cornell Prof. Art Degaetano (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) to build a New York Climate Change Science Clearinghouse. With funding from NYSERDA, the goal is to create a multi-faceted, regional tool to provide policy-makers, businesses, planners, practitioners, researchers, students and the public with a user-friendly, web-based tool to access and explore climate change data and literature relevant to New York State. Librarians and information technology professionals at Mann Library are lending expertise in creating a seamless repository for disseminating information. For more information, see the Cornell Chronicle. Contact: Jon Corson-Rikert jc55@cornell.edu.

Open Digital Annotation for Scholarly Communication

With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation by way of Hypothes.is (https://hypothes.is/), Cornell University Library will contribute to a project exploring new models of peer review and post-publication commentary in the sciences. This initiative will use annotation as one of a suite of new open web tools enabling new forms of engagement and data linking. The arXiv preprint repository at Cornell will be enhanced to enable selected readers to opt-in to see annotations on arXiv articles, or the formally published versions of the same articles. In addition, arXiv will seek to develop mechanisms that would allow arXiv users to interact with authenticated, external annotation services for authors and readers, e.g., permitting overlay journals or journal clubs to provide filtered access to conversations in the arXiv repository. Contact: Simeon Warner simeon.warner@cornell.edu

Preservation and Access Framework for Digital Art Objects

An initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop a technical framework and associated tools to facilitate enduring access to interactive digital media art. The project’s focus will be on artworks stored on hard drive, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM. CUL’s Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art will provide the test bed for the study. Recognized as one of the most prominent collection of its kind in the world, the Goldsen Archive contains thousands of artworks and encompasses a wide variety of formats. CUL will collaborate with AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, and the project will have an advisory board composed on international leaders in curation, arts, and preservation. The key principle of the project is to leverage existing standards, best practices, and technologies, and to focus on moving theory into practice in a working archival environment. For additional information, see the Cornell Chronicle. Contacts: Principal investigators Tim Murray (Society for the Humanities & Cornell Dept. of English; tcm1@cornell.edu) and Oya Rieger (DSPS, Cornell University Library; oyr1@cornell.edu), and project manager Mickey Casad (DSPS; mir9@cornell.edu).

Preservation Internship Program for the Staff of Chinese Academic Libraries

A partnership with the four leading academic libraries in Beijing, China — Renmin University Library, Peking University Library, Tsinghua University Library, and the China Agricultural University Library to strengthen the preservation infrastructure within Chinese academic libraries through a program of internships in preservation practice.  Funding is provided by the Luce Foundation.  For additional information contact Barbara Eden beb1@cornell.edu.

Purposeful Gaming and BHL: Engaging the Public in Improving and Enhancing Access to Digital Text

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Missouri Botanical Gardens is collaborating with Cornell University Library, Harvard University, the New York Botanical Garden and the Biodiversity Heritage Library to determine if digital games can help academic research. Cornell’s contribution will be to digitize seed and nursery catalogs from Ethel Zoe Bailey Horticultural Catalogue Collection owned by Cornell’s  Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. Using digitized images delivered to the BHL, the project will develop an online game that allows the public to correct errors in computer-generated optical-character recognition of the text. Ultimately, the project will demonstrate whether digital games can be effective for improving digital collections by making them more effectively searchable. Contact: Marty Schlabach mls5@cornell.edu