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KCL Dep. of Dig. Hum and UMD DCIC Sign Memorandum of Understanding (Nov. 2016)

Memorandum of Understanding
Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London
Digital Curation Innovation Center, College of Information Studies,
University of Maryland—College Park


Faculty and staff members of the Department of Digital Humanities (Department), King’s College London, and the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland have collaborated, over time, both formally and informally, on research projects, conferences, and discussions focused on various aspects of Big Data use in the Humanities. Both the Department and the DCIC have a strong commitment to explore computational archival science to increase the efficiency of and access to archival records that comprise Big Data.

Statement of Intent

Both parties desire to formalize this research collaboration. The parties commit to:

  • Explore the feasibility of joint projects in the areas of Big Data and computational archives.
  • Regularly scheduled consultations (face to face, Skype) to discuss research initiatives of mutual interest. Emphasis will be on professional exchanges involving doctoral and masters degree students from both institutions.
  • Share, as legally permitted, research information, tools, strategies, and techniques beneficial to the research projects of both parties.
  • Publish in printed or electronic form, as mutually agreed, results from research collaborations of the parties.
  • Co-host, as mutually agreed, workshops, seminars, or symposia featuring the research results of investigations of collaborative projects.


Prof. Sheila Anderson
Head of the Department of Digital Humanities
King’s College London

Dr. Richard Marciano
Digital Curation Innovation Center
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland

10/17/2016: Mapping Inequality Project is Announced!

Featured in an article written by the National Geographic, DCIC and partners have officially released the Mapping Inequality Project to the public.

The project and website have received much traffic and media attention. Check out the links!


* Camila Domonoske, “Interactive Redlining Map Zooms In On America’s History Of Discrimination,” http://www. 2016/10/19/498536077/ interactive-redlining-map- zooms-in-on-americas-history- of-discrimination
* Greg Miller, “Newly Released Maps Show How Housing Discrimination Happened,” http://news. 10/housing-discrimination- redlining-maps/
* Henry Grabar, “Here’s How the Federal Government Made the Maps That Crippled Black Neighborhoods,” http://www. 10/21/a_new_project_shows_how_ redlining_emerged_from_ firsthand_reports_of_the.html
* Tanvi Misra, “A Digital Window Into the Roots of Redlining,” http://www. digital-window-into-the-roots- of-redlining/504656/
* Ruth McCambridge, “New Site Provides Extraordinary Resources for Community Activists,” https:// 10/19/new-site-provides- extraordinary-resources- community-activists/
* Oscar Perry Abello, “Mapping Housing Discrimination in U.S. Cities,” daily/entry/new-mapping- inequality-online-redlining
* Justin Murphy, “1930s Rochester redlining maps show discrimination,” http://www. story/news/2016/10/20/ rochester-ny-redlining-map/ 92456536/
* Lauren Ro, “Map collection showing housing discrimination now online,” http://www.curbed. com/2016/10/20/13347064/holc- housing-discrimination- redlining-maps-mapping- inequality
* “Home Owners’ Loan Corporation maps of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy via Mapping Inequality,” http:// 2016/10/20/mapping-inequality- albany-schenectady-troy






10/03/2016: Introducing Open Source Platform dras-tic

The DCIC is officially launching the “dras-tic” archiving platform at iPRES 2016, today Oct. 4, 2016.  The University of Maryland has concluded a significant license agreement with Archives Analytics Solutions ltd., a software development firm in the United Kingdom, for the ownership and use of its lead product, Indigo. This was developed in collaboration with the University’s Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) in the College of Information Studies as the result of a $10.5 M NSF grant.

Indigo, now renamed dras-tic (digital repository at scale that invites computation [that improves collections]), is an open source license. The goal is to build out an open source platform into a horizontally scalable archives framework serving the national library, archives, and scientific management communities. Professor Richard Marciano, Director of the DCIC, said, “ I am delighted that we have secured  the Indigo product for our use.  We are actively engaged in the Big Data community and, in particular, the effective storage, management, and retrieval of data. We see this new software as it evolves into the dras-tic platform as a credible solution for Big Data management in large organizations in the cultural heritage, business, and scientific research communities.”

The computational archival science community of research partners will use the dras-tic repository software in iterative fashion to process and make available complex archival collections. This new methodology supports innovative teaching and can bring together interdisciplinary student research teams that master tools to create enhanced automated finding aids and create access points into Big Data archival collections. Looking ahead, John Burns, Chief Technology Officer at AAS said,” We have been working closely with Richard and his team for some time now, and this agreement provides the next logical step in the evolution of the product. We see an exciting future for the product.”

For further information about dras-tic and the computational archival science community contact Richard Marciano at

09/07/2016: DCIC Interdisciplinary Research Plans Available

The Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC) is happy to announce a number of interdisciplinary research themes / projects for this fall semester. As discussed at the iSchool Orientation and DCIC Open House, students who are interested in gaining new digital skills, conducting interdisciplinary research, and exploring professional development opportunities at the intersection of archives, big data, and analytics should read through each project plan to determine their interests. 


Project teams will be made up of iSchool students (MLIS, MIM, HCI), faculty, staff, and community members outside the iSchool.

6 Themes for Interdisciplinary Research:

Click the name of the project to view the plan!

Please email with the projects you are most interested in. Based on your feedback, we will conduct several “project speed dating” sessions the week of September 12 🙂 

No prerequisites needed, just the desire to develop new skills and play [however, students should expect to dedicate at least 2 – 3 hours to the project per week]

09/05/2016: DCIC to Host Dr. Tobias Blanke from King’s College London September 27th – 30th

The Digital Curation Innovation Center is excited to announce that Dr. Tobias Blanke from King’s College London will be visiting the College of Information Studies from September 27th to September 30th under the Dr. Paul Wasserman Visiting Scholar Program.

Dr. Blanke is a Reader in Social and Cultural Informatics in the Department of Digital Humanities and the director of the European Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH). He leads and manages large international interdisciplinary research initiatives and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Currently, he works on the development of novel teaching approaches in digital methods and big data to understand culture and society.

On Tuesday September 27th from 5 to 7pm, the DCIC will host a plenary session and reception honoring Dr. Blanke. The reception will be held in McKeldin Library Room 6137, Special Events Room. All students and faculty are welcome to attend his discussion on Computational Archival Science research.

Please email if you have any questions!

04/26/2016: iSchool and DCIC Host 3 Day Symposium

Day 1: Tuesday, April 26 – Presentations Day

On Day 1 we had a series of invited talks, with a focus on topics that raised issues and generated discussion. This culminated in panel discussions that identified key issues that fed into the “unconference day” on Day 2.

The high-level structure of the sessions were based around the broad groups of agents, curation, enhancement and use of this material:

  • The traditional agentsarchives would be the main one, but Web archives and/or data archives, as well as museum/library points of view – a broad sense of what constitutes a “record” were also included).
  • Crowds, citizens and communities: crowdsourcing, social curation, co-curation, storytelling with data.
  • Digital methods and technology researchers: adding value to data through visualizations, machine learning, analytics.

SEE DAY 1 program
Day 2: Wednesday, April 27 – Unconference & Demo Day

On Day 2 we held a number of unconference sessions interspersed with 4 demos (2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon).

In each time slot a number of participant-led breakout sessions were run in parallel. These were followed by plenary sessions in which nominated spokespersons from the breakout groups reported back.

Topics addressed by breakout groups were stimulated by issues raised by the sessions in Day 1 (although they were not restricted to these).

SEE DAY 2 program
Day 3: Thursday, April 28 – Bringing it all together
On Day 3, Maria Esteva summarized findings and shared her perspective based on her computational archival science work. Richard Marciano provided a working definition of Computational Archival Science (CAS) and its connection with federal funding priorities.

Finally a “Federal Agency” panel shared its perspective on the Symposium topics.

SEE DAY 3 program

04/30/2016: Mapping Inequality Team Presents on Baltimore

Our Mapping Inequality team at the Digital Curation Innovation Center  hosted an open house and presented on their their Baltimore project on Saturday, April 30th during the Maryland Day celebration in College Park, MD. Families learned about the history of redlining in Baltimore and the resources available on their website and map interface. Visitors accessed archival documents from the Home Owners Loan Corporation, and explored how housing policies have impacted the neighborhoods of Baltimore through the 20th century. The team discussed how this story is essential understanding the inequities and racial tensions in Baltimore today.

When: Saturday, April 30th, 10 am – 4 pm

Where: Hornbake Library South, Room 4110: Digital Curation Innovation Center,
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Who: General Public, Students, Researchers


4/20/2016: Transcribe-a-thon

On the 19th and 20th of April, more than 25 participants participated in a transcribe-a-thon to help with the Mapping Inequality project. We had students from all backgrounds coming into the DCIC digitization lab to learn and execute transcription. The participants got to experience both the traditional manual transcribing process and transcription on our DCIC platform (built by graduate assistant Myeong Lee). The fastest transcriber and the highest contributor, were awarded Amazon gift cards.

1/28/2016: Dedication of the Digitization Lab


January 28, 2016


Welcome – Dr. Michael Kurtz, Deputy Director DCIC

Opening Remarks – Dr. Brian Butler, Interim Dean, College of Information Studies

Opening Remarks – Dr. Richard Marciano, Director DCIC

Initial Thoughts on Use of the Digitzation Lab – Dr. Kenneth Heger, Director, Digitization Lab (integration of lab into Course Work, specifically INST 728-B, side projects throughout the semester)

Ribbon Cutting

Demonstration of Use of Overhead Scanner – Mary Kendig, iSchool Student (if she can make it)

Demonstration of Ingestion into Indigo – Alex Pirella, iSchool Student

4/29/15: Digital Curation Innovation Center opens, boosts data management learning

Digital Curation Innovation Center opens, boosts data management learning

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 12:25 am | Updated: 1:05 am, Wed Apr 29, 2015.

To enhance graduate students’ experience with learning data management, the information studies college opened the Digital Curation Innovation Center this semester.

The center aims to be a leader in the digital curation field by sponsoring research projects that integrate digital curation and analyze research among various fields. Digital curation — an emerging field of study — refers to taking archives, storing them digitally and making them accessible online.

The center will allow students who study archival research to use their skills outside of the classroom with the center’s labs.

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