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UCI Libraries Completes NEH-funded Project: Piloting Linked Open Data for Artists’ Books

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From The UCI Libraries
Contact:       Charla Batey
                         Communications & Events Officer
Irvine, Calif, November 18, 2016 – The UCI Libraries have released an innovative online discovery tool for its Artists’ Books Collection which allows searchers to visualize connections between works in ways not possible with a traditional library catalog. The National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) funded project, “Piloting Linked Open Data for Artists’ Books,” allowed the Libraries’ to create procedures for enhancing description and access to 41 digitized items from the collection housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives. The graphical interface shows connections between materials used, techniques applied, and publication locations while providing multiple digital views of each piece of unique sculptural art.

Visual arts librarian Emilee Mathews says she anticipates working with arts faculty to encourage students to use the tool as part of their course work. “The project sparked faculty interest in integrating the collections with curricula,” said Laura Smart, project lead and Head of Digital Scholarship Services. Project documentation and code are openly available at the project web site. “An important part of the project was to create a framework that can be adopted by others,” said John Renaud, project principal investigator and Associate University Librarian for Research Resources. “This project will continue to bring benefits to the Libraries, partners across UCI and the UC system, and academic and cultural heritage institutions worldwide.” 

Visit for further information about the project.
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