Georgia Open Stacks

The University of Georgia Press is temporarily providing open, read-only access to a selection of our titles in history and other humanities fields. In response to the closures of school, libraries, and other public places due to COVID-19, our hope is provide material that will be of use to students as their classes are moved online or cancelled and to the general public as they self-isolate.

As you read the full texts of these works, you are able to communicate with the author and other readers on our Manifold site or through Twitter, joining existing threads or beginning new conversations. Some author-generated supplemental materials are provided to inform and supplement the teaching, learning, and reading experience. All rights-restricted images and/or text have been redacted.

https://ugapress.manifoldapp.org/

Smithsonian Open Access

The Smithsonian Institution is inviting the world to engage with its vast repository of resources like never before.

For the first time in its 174-year history, the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million high-resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections onto an open access online platform for patrons to peruse and download free of charge. Featuring data and material from all 19 Smithsonian museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives and the National Zoo, the new digital depot encourages the public to not just view its contents, but use, reuse and transform them into just about anything they choose—be it a postcard, a beer koozie or a pair of bootie shorts.

And this gargantuan data dump is just the beginning. Throughout the rest of 2020, the Smithsonian will be rolling out another 200,000 or so images, with more to come as the Institution continues to digitize its collection of 155 million items and counting.

https://www.si.edu/openaccess

Avalon Media System

Avalon Media System is an open source system for managing and providing access to large collections of digital audio and video.

The freely available system enables libraries and archives to easily curate, distribute and provide online access to their collections for purposes of teaching, learning and research. The Avalon Community is made up of a dozen educational, media and open-technology institutions. The project is led by the libraries of Indiana University Bloomington and Northwestern University and is funded in part by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

https://www.avalonmediasystem.org

BitCurator Consortium

The BitCurator Consortium is an independent, community-led membership association that serves as the host and center of administrative, user and community support for the BitCurator environment. It is a continuation of the BitCurator Project (2011-2014) funded by the Mellon Foundation and led by the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

The BitCurator environment is a set of open-source tools adapted from the digital forensics industry for libraries, archives, and museum use. The tools extract digital objects, create metadata, ensure integrity, and identify sensitive data, providing libraries, archives, and museums with information to make appropriate processing decisions. The BitCurator environment is freely distributed under an open-source license. It can be installed as a Linux environment; run as a virtual machine on top of most contemporary operating systems; or run as individual software tools, packages, support scripts, and documentation.

https://www.bitcuratorconsortium.org/

MetaArchive Cooperative

The MetaArchive Cooperative is a distributed digital preservation network that ensures that today’s digital collections and data will be available to tomorrow’s scholars, researchers, and citizens. MetaArchive is governed and run by its membership, which comprises an international array of more than 70 libraries, archives, and museums.
Founded more than a decade ago, MetaArchive encourages and enables memory organizations to build their own preservation infrastructures and expertise. The collaborative community wrestles with today’s most challenging digital preservation issues—both experientially through its network and theoretically through the discussions, research projects, and working groups it hosts.

https://metaarchive.org/

Educopia Institute

The Educopia Institute empowers collaborative communities to create, share, and preserve knowledge.

We believe in the power of connection and collaboration. In all of our work, we encourage knowledge sharing and network building across institutions, communities, and sectors. Our strengths include training, neutral community facilitation, and administrative backbone support services for collaborative communities. Educopia also develops and manages applied research projects that benefit our affiliated communities and the broader information fields of libraries, archives, and museums.

We help information stakeholders including researchers, archivists, curators, publishers, and students to establish common ground, work toward shared goals, and ultimately achieve system-wide transformations.

https://educopia.org/

IATUL, In the Service of University Libraries

IATUL offers an influential and inclusive community for leaders of university and research libraries from around the world. We bring together library directors and senior managers from over 60 countries to exchange ideas, expand professional networks, form new collaborations, and work together on multinational projects exploring the big challenges we face.

IATUL places great store in reaching out to university libraries throughout the world through its activities. As a member institution, you and your senior staff have access to IATUL’s Annual Conference and Seminars which have been held in countries across Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe, and North & South America. The IATUL office supports members in hosting their colleagues at seminars and workshops intended to advance local institutional and regional aims, promote cross-cultural understanding and strengthen your international network of peers. IATUL also offers a number of targeted programmes intended to help member institutions.

https://www.iatul.org/

RIKSARKIVET (NATIONAL ARCHIVES)

The National Archives of Sweden is the leading archival institution in Sweden and has also the supervision of public records deposited by all state agencies. The National Archive is commissioned by law to preserve, organise and care for these records in order to uphold the legal right of access to public records in the pursuit of justice, continuity of public administration, and facilitating of research. In this role the National Archives will disseminateand exploit the results of PREFORMA as a part of its legal task, including its right to give regulations for preservation of public records.

As a cultural heritage institution the National Archives also will spread the knowledge of the tools and services developed by PREFORMA to other memory institutions in Sweden (e g libraries, museums). This will be done through the special secretariat for coordination of digitisation, on line access and digital preservation in the culture heritage sector that the National Archives has organised on behalf of the Swedish Ministry of Culture.

The National Library of Sweden, a partner in the PREFORMA project, is also taking part in this coordination. The National Archives has as a special task to pursue research and cooperate with the universities and other parts of scientific community. Also in this context the NationalArchives will disseminate and exploit PREFORMA outcomes.

http://riksarkivet.se/