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Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud

Awarded September 2019

With grant support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LC Labs team will test a cloud-based approach for interacting with digital collections as data. In collaboration with subject matter experts and IT specialists at the Library, LC Labs will invite a cohort of research experts to experiment with solutions to problems that can only be explored at scale. This effort will help produce models for supporting cloud-based research computing, and will make the costs and possibilities of this work more transparent to the broader cultural heritage community.

Learn more in this press release and this blog post on the Signal.

Important Dates and Updates!

We are accepting applications for the research cohort and the announcement has been updated based on your feedback! See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Interested Researchers as well as the public record of questions and answers about the announcement for more information. See the full posting on External

We will also be posting a job opportunity on USAJobs for the following position:

  • Mellon Senior Innovation Specialist
    This two-year position (with possibility for telework) will liaise with technologists, researchers, and other colleagues to support computational use of collections by developing code, scripts, and workflows to support subsetting and analysis of cloud-based collections. Check USAJobs to view this opportunity, which will be posted in the coming weeks. This page will be updated when the opportunity is live.

The CCHC project final report and models will be published in January 2022.

Advisory Board

We are thrilled to welcome the following members to our advisory board.

  • Katrine Hofmann Gasser
    Section Manager at the Royal Danish Library
  • John Hessler
    Geography and Maps Division, Library of Congress
  • Harriett Green
    Associate University Librarian for the Digital Scholarship and Technology Services Division, University of Washington, St.-Louis
  • Dr. Liz Lorang
    Associate Professor of Libraries, University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • Dr. Ian Milligan
    Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Waterloo
  • Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble
    Associate Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Department of Information Studies
    Co-Director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry
  • Dr. Sarah Stone
    Executive Director, eScience Institute, University of Washington
  • Dr. John Walsh
    Director of HathiTrust Research Center, Associate Professor of Information and Library Science, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University, Bloomington
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