News and Events

10/09/2017: Launch of the Maryland State Archives & UMD iSchool’s “Legacy of Slavery Program Collaboration”

The iSchool and the DCIC launched an innovative project with the Maryland State Archives (MSA) designed to support the MSA’s 17 year Legacy of Slavery program. The project was officially launched at a celebratory event on October 9 (2-4 pm) at the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis.



Eighty plus attendees.

State Archivist Tim Baker and iSchool Dean Keith Marzullo began the program before the 80 guests in attendance by describing the unique partnership between the two organizations that integrates education with research.

Dr. Michael J. Kurtz ,Associate Director, Digital Curation Innovation Center College of information Studies.

Opening Remarks: Mr. Timothy D. Baker, Archivist of Maryland.

Dr. Keith Marzullo, Dean, College of Information Studies.

Chris Haley, director of the Legacy of Slavery program and Richard Marciano, DCIC director, provided an overview of the Legacy of Slavery program, and how the two DCIC-led student teams (12 students total) will collaborate. The student teams will work with already digitized materials from the holdings of the Maryland State Archives (Census records, Certificates of Freedom) to capture the individuality of each freed former slave. This turns data into people. The ultimate goal is to visually display the digitized data and show the complex relationships between former slaves, slave owners, and local communities. Michael Kurtz, DCIC associate director, is the project coordinator, and Chris Haley and Ryan Cox of the MSA will be the project managers. Emily Oland Squires is the MSA Director of Research and Student Outreach.

Program Overview: Mr. Christopher E. Haley, Director, Legacy of Slavery Program, Maryland State Archives.

Haley at the podium.

Collaboration Projects: Dr. Richard Marciano, Director, Digital Curation Innovation Center, College of Information Studies.

Student team members Julia Folk, Will Thomas, and Zachary Tumlin provided their perspectives on why they joined the project and what it means to them.

The team includes 12 students:

  • MLIS students: Juli Folk, Zachary Tumlin, Claire McDonald, Kenneth Coulbourne, Maya Reid, Maggie McCready, and Jennifer Piegols
  • Info. Sci. undergraduate students: Ebony Ferguson, and Monica Urrutia
  • HiLS student: Emily Martin
  • MIM student: Akshat Pant
  • Doctoral student: Will Thomas


Student remarks: Julia Folk.

Student Remarks: Will Thomas.

Student Remarks: Zachary Tumlin.

Emeritus Salisbury University Professor Dr. Clara L. Small concluded the event with an evocative presentation putting the project into historical perspective.

Historical Perspective: Dr. Clara L. Small, Salisbury University.

Finally, some of the amazing and innovative work from the Maryland State Archives Legacy of Slavery Team. Recognizing and seeing Lot Bell nearly 200 years later!

Lot Bell: amazing forensic portrait rendering made from Certificate of Freedom from 1819.

Certificate of Freedom for Lot Bell in 1819.

10/09/2017: Legacy of Slavery in MD Project Launch

Monday, October 9, 2017
Legacy of Slavery in Maryland Program Open House
2:00 – 4:00pm

The Maryland State Archives and The College of Information Studies, University of Maryland invite you to attend the launch of a joint project supporting the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland program.  Staff members of the Archives’ Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland Program will be on hand, with faculty and students from the University’s Digital and Cultural Innovation Center to discuss, demonstrate and share the powerful online tools for research of slavery in Maryland. This is a free program, open to the public but registration is required.

More information at EVENT REGISTRATION.

9/12/2017: Dr. Richard Marciano Receives the Emmett Leahy Award

Maryland iSchool — September 12, 2017

The Emmett Leahy Award annually honors a pioneer in the field of records and information management. The 2017 award recognizes Dr. Richard Marciano’s outstanding and sustained work in digital records and information management. His insightful development of cyberinfrastructure to support records management has resulted in new methodologies, experimental systems, and analytics – producing new knowledge and new ways to understand the past. Dr. Marciano’s work has led to innovative advancements in record keeping for the humanities, sciences, and archives.

Dr. Marciano (pictured right) is seen receiving the Emmett Leahy Award plaque from Jason R. Baron (pictured left). Jason Baron is the Chair of the Leahy Award Committee, former recipient himself in 2011, former Director of Litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in Washington, D.C., former Faculty member at the Maryland iSchool, and currently Of Counsel at Drinker Biddle. Jason’s remarks at:

Dr. Marciano is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, Director of the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), and Director of the Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT) lab.  Prior to that, he conducted research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego for over a decade with an affiliation in the Division of Social Sciences in the Urban Studies and Planning program.  His research interests center on digital preservation, sustainable archives, cyberinfrastructure, and big data.

Dr. Marciano’s work has led to innovative advancements in record keeping for the humanities, sciences, and archives. We congratulate him in receiving this prestigious and well deserved award.

The award ceremony included the following speakers:


Michael Kurtz, Associate Director, Digital Curation Innovation Center

Opening Remarks

Keith Marzullo, Dean, College of Information Studies


Laurence Brewer, Chief Records Officer for the Federal Government, National Archives and Records Administration

Paul Wester, Director, National Agricultural Library, USDA

Jane Greenberg, Alice B. Kroeger Professor, Director, Metadata Research Center, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University

Christine Ardern, Principal Consultant, Information Management Specialists, Toronto and 2002 Emmett Leahy Award Recipient

Award Presentation

Jason R. Baron, Of Counsel, DrinkerBiddle, 2011 Emmett Leahy Award Recipient

Honoree’s Remarks

Richard Marciano


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.