This week’s readings were all about HathiTrust. Although it was a “focus on” this library, there were more rabbit holes of information than I anticipated! HathiTrust isn’t quite 5 years old, but has managed to cultivate a giant online presence with a lot of prestigious partners and true to it’s spirit of openness, everything you could ever want to know about it is available from it’s website. In your response this week, please address at least one of the questions below.
- We’ve talked about the DPLA, Google Books, the Internet Archives, Project Gutenberg, and the international versions of the DPLA, so where does HathiTrust fit into the world of DLs? The overlap between these sites is growing larger making specialization harder to discern. HathiTrust has already added images to their list of acceptable item types and is working on adding audio. It has also expanded to start including international libraries. HathiTrust’s main focus remains on academic libraries versus the DPLA’s focus on public libraries. With the current rate of expansion of HathiTrust, what do you see as it’s niche in the future and how do you see it working with or against the DPLA effort?
- HathiTrust’s core values are stated as “community, scale, access/preservation, and openness”. From the articles and from your exploration of the site, what activities or information have you found that support these values?
A little technical information on the standards used at HathiTrust as a tie-in to last week:
METS structure for HathiTrust:
PREMIS elements from the LOC (used for the preservation information storage):
MARCXML elements from the LOC:
An interesting read:
HathiTrust is in compliance with the Trustworthy Repository Audit and Certification criteria. This wasn’t something that I had heard of prior to this week, but it makes sense. We can’t trust the data unless we can trust the organization and this stamp of authenticity is a great thing to have for DLs. It’s a good read not so much for knowing that the HathiTrust is a trustworthy repository but for knowing what the benchmarks are for a DL.
Complete rabbit-hole: My mother’s family is from India, so this week the songs from the old movie Haathi mere saathi have been running through my head. I thought I’d share that wealth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CS4nLI2ZX8