Subversive gatekeepers: Developing methods for enabling remote access to hidden collections
- Libraries at several academic marine research stations on the West Coast of North America hold large physical collections of undergraduate student research reports. These reports include unique field observations about environmental conditions, species and populations recorded over a span of nine decades. Each library collection is important within its local context, but taken collectively these papers represent an extremely valuable corpus for conducting historical ecology research. If the distributed physical collections could be digitized and accessed via a federated interface, researchers could make queries and conduct text analysis across thousands of papers. Unfortunately, there is no realistic or feasible way of attempting to contact thousands of student authors to request permission to make their work available online. In this presentation we will explore what other mechanisms exist or could be developed to make these collections maximally discoverable and useful. Is it possible to facilitate exploration and analysis across this corpus without providing direct access to the content? We will review some of the potential methods to support research across distributed, closed digital collections and share some results on proof-of-concept testing of our own collections.
|Type of resource
|August 22, 2022; December 5, 2022
|February 9, 2022; October 21, 2019
|Collections as Data
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- Whitmire, A. and Engelbrecht, M. (2022). Subversive gatekeepers: Developing methods for enabling remote access to hidden collections. Stanford Digital Repository. 45th Annual Conference of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC), 2019, Port Aransas, Texas, October 21. Available at https://purl.stanford.edu/qn973xd0977
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