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IIIF WASHINGTON 2018 | May 21 - 25 IN WASHINGTON DC

2018 Washington conference submission

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The Indigenous Digital Archive: Effective Access to and Collaboration with Mass Digitized Historic Documents

Anna Naruta-Moya - Indigenous Digital Archive (United States)

Abstract: See how we use IIIF and Open Annotation standards, Natural Language Processing, community-sourced tags and annotations, and generous interfaces to render effectively accessible evidence, stories, and events in the mountains of government records telling of US governance of Native Americans in the 1800s and first half of the 20th century.

An IMLS National Leadership Grant and Knight Foundation grant funded project of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Indigenous Digital Archive project leverages emerging technologies to create effective access to mass digitized records, in our case the mountains of government records of US governance of Native Americans in the 1800s and first half of the 20th century. The Indigenous Digital Archive combines the International Image Interoperability Format (IIIF) and Open Annotation W3C standards, Natural Language Processing, community-sourced tags and annotations, and generous interfaces to bring to Indigenous peoples of New Mexico and beyond access to government records related to their individual, family, and community histories. Newly launched, our initial offerings focus on records related to land and water rights and the build up to and operation of the government Indian boarding schools, 1850s-1930s. Boarding school documents now include administrative and policy records from across the nation, including Carlisle and Standing Rock. In partnership with the New Mexico State Library Tribal Libraries Program and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, an organization of all 19 Pueblos, we are adding to this resource, encouraging volunteers interested to learn and work collaboratively online, and supporting our pilot cohort of Indigenous Digital Archive Fellows from the tribes to made model contributions to inspire and energize others. IIIF's emphasis on interoperability allows also viewing and working with related records from other IIIF-enabled collections, such as those digitized in a recent CLIR project.

Presentation type: 15 minute Showcase presentation.

Topics:

  • IIIF and archival collections,
  • IIIF synergies with regional and national ongoing digital libraries, museums and archives initiatives,
  • IIIF enabled collaboration,
  • Discovery of IIIF resources,
  • IIIF content communities (museums, manuscripts, newspapers, archival content, etc.)

Keywords:

  • inclusive,
  • community ownership,
  • collaboration,
  • Natural Language Processing,
  • Native American,
  • Indigenous,
  • government records