Combine Metadata Harvester: Aggregate ALL the data!

A tree and a wheat field in Röe, Sweden. The wheat field is filled with pretty white flowers.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has collected and made searchable a vast quantity of metadata from digital collections all across the country. The Michigan Service Hub works with cultural heritage institutions throughout the state to collect their metadata, transform those metadata to be compatible with the DPLA’s online library, and send the transformed metadata to the DPLA, using the Combine aggregator software, which is being developed here at the U of M Library.

Hacks with Friends 2020 Retrospective: A pitch to hitch in 2021

Image of event details: March 5-6, 2020. Hack with Friends. 4 - A Pangeo State of Mind. Developing a Python stack and repository for access, analysis, and management of big data

When the students go on winter break I go to Hacks with Friends (HWF) and highly recommend and encourage everyone who can to participate in HWF 2021. Not only is it two days of free breakfast, lunch, and snacks at the Ross School of Business, but it’s a chance to work with a diverse cross section of faculty, staff, and students on innovative solutions to complex problems.

Drill-motors, Lexicography, and the Middle English Dictionary

Drill motor caption in a newspaper

For the past three years the Text Creation Unit, a small group within the Digital Content & Collections department of LIT, has been busy revising one of the University's oldest and most famous products and projects, the Middle English Dictionary. This post will not address the now 90-year history of the project, nor the technical or design aspects of our new interface, nor even the problems attached to sustaining a project like this over nearly a century. In fact, this post will seem a...

Update on Library Search

Search Screen Shot

U-M Library Search launched in late July 2018, combining Mirlyn, ArticlesPlus, and Search Tools into a single discovery interface. Over the past academic year, much work has gone into providing functionality available in the previous interfaces, resolving bugs, and improving the overall user experience.

New Digital Collections: Completed July 2018 - June 2019

Section 3 of the Mushi scroll

Over the past fiscal year (July 2018 - June 2019) the Digital Content & Collections (DCC) department has collaborated with stakeholders within libraries, museums, and more, across campus and beyond, to create the following new digital collections, adding to the full list of nearly 300 digital collections found online at https://quod.lib.umich.edu/. Thank you to all of our stakeholders involved in each collection, the Library Copyright Office for their role in every new digital collection,...

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