Category: Digital Content

Acquiring Open Access Children’s Books

This is a guest post by Kristy Darby, a Digital Collections Specialist in the Digital Content Management Section in Library Services. The Library of Congress’ Digital Collecting Plan, finalized in 2017, proposes to “Develop and implement an acquisitions program for openly available content.” To support this goal, the Library’s Digital Content Management section has been […]

Appraisal of the Library of Congress Commissioned Composers Web Archive

A key part of the Library of Congress Music Division is commissioning works from composers. This work has resulted in the development and performance of a wide range of significant works. Valuable documentation of the creators supported through these commissions increasingly appears as part of websites which are often ephemeral. Recognizing the value and ephemerality […]

In the Library’s Web Archives: Totally Tabular Data

This is a guest post by Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez, a Digital Collections Specialist in the Digital Content Management Section at the Library of Congress. He holds both an MLS and an MA in Music History and Literature from University of Maryland, as well as a BA in Music from Shepherd University. The Digital Content Management section has […]

Integrating Wikidata at the Library of Congress

This is a guest post by Matt Miller, a Linked Data Applications Technical Specialist in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office in Library Services. Wikidata is described as “a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines.” Very similar to its wider known sibling Wikipedia, Wikidata […]

Visualizing Chronicling America Data: 15 million pages of digitized historical newspapers

The Library of Congress celebrates an exciting milestone as Chronicling America, the online searchable database of historic U.S. newspapers, now includes more than 15 million pages! To mark the occasion, we are throwing a #ChronAmParty on Twitter and unveiling a set of interactive data visualizations that help reveal the variety of content available in a corpus of 15 million digitized newspaper pages.

Digital Strategy v1.1.2 Now Available

In October 2018, the Library published a new digital strategy describing the Library’s objectives for digital transformation over the next five years. The strategy describes goals such as growing online collections, creating opportunities for deeper engagement, and investing in an innovation culture that supports a changing information landscape. In an effort to reflect some of […]

In the Library’s Web Archives: US Government Audio on Shuffle

The Digital Content Management section has been working on a project to extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant web archives holdings. This is another step to explore the web archives and make them more widely accessible and usable. Our aim in creating these sets is to identify reusable, “real world” content in the Library’s […]

Resilience in the Commons: Acquiring and Preserving Open Access Latin American Monographs

Today’s guest post is from Charlotte Kostelic, a Digital Collections Specialist within the Digital Content Management Section of the Library of Congress. The move toward publishing research through open publishing models is growing internationally, but in Latin America, Open Access (OA) publishing is growing at a faster rate than elsewhere. Recent studies suggest 51-95% of […]

Connections in Sound: Irish traditional music at AFC

An introduction to the project “Connections In Sound” by Patrick Egan. This post outlines progress that has been made in the project to date, data sets and descriptions of how to read these data sets. Two visualizations are provided for users to browse ongoing developments in Patrick’s work, and a number of links are provided for users to utilize the data from the research.

In the Library’s Web Archives: Sorting through a Set of US Government PDFs

The Digital Content Management section has been working on a project to extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant web archives holdings. This is another step to explore the web archives and make them more widely accessible and usable. Our aim in creating these sets is to identify reusable, “real world” content in the Library’s […]