HathiTrust, DPLA and Google
1.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?
From John Wilkin’s presentation and the Q&A session at the end, we can tell that basically the difference between HathiTrust and DPLA is the content they are going to provide and the community they aim to serve. The partnership of HathiTrust includes many academic and research libraries, while DPLA focuses on working with public libraries. Though HathiTrust are still finding how they can relate to DPLA and maybe collaborate with them, I think they will more chances to work together instead of competing with each other.
For Google, “Google-digitized volumes make up the largest portion of content in HathiTrust”, but HathiTrust is more than Google. Also it has a more user-friendly interface. I have search for “HathiTrust” in UW-library’s databases tab, the result is showed in the picture. It is interesting to see how UW-library describe the HathiTrust. And it also has compared a little between HathiTrust and Google.
2. 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?
By reading York’s and Christienson’s articles, I think the most important value of HathiTrust is that it makes efforts to preserving the materials. It works on “preventing intellectual property misuse within the confines of current U.S copyright law.” So it preserves academic articles and other resources, then provide safe and secure access to the content for the users. In another class, I have learnt about the preservation of digital materials and the cost of data management. So it will be interesting to see how HathiTrust preserve the increasing materials in the future.