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Towards a Federated Infrastructure for the Preservation and Analysis Archival Data

Presenter 1
Chien-Yi Hou
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Presenter 2
Richard Marciano
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies group (SALT) at UNC is pursuing a number of projects that address issues of interoperability and reproducibility. This presentation will discuss 3 projects: (1) e-Legacy, an NHPRC-funded project which is developing preservation infrastructure and services for state government geospatial data, (2) PoDRI, an IMLS-funded project which explores policy-based interoperability between Fedora and iRODS repositories, and (3) T-RACES (Testbed for the Redlining Archives of California's Exclusionary Spaces), an IMLS-funded project which builds on these other projects and will publish an online archive of historical redlining and racial discrimination data. T-RACES documents the New Deal Home Owners' Loan Corporation federal agency's confidential security maps and surveys of the 1930s. These surveys form the genesis of neighborhood discrimination and restricted mortgage lending, known as redlining. A digital library interface based on interactive databases and Google Map and Google Earth interfaces will integrate data from 8 California cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland. The intent of this archive is to serve as a core reference data set that can be augmented and customized through social networking mechanisms, through overlays of social science data. Across all three projects, the authors are interested in roles and responsibilities of data services and data repositories that support concepts of policies and customization.

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