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HathiTrust Research Center Early Research Project


As input into the development, design, and improvement of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), recipients of Google's Digital Humanities Grants were interviewed to identify issues encountered during their projects. This project was guided by the following goals: - Increase empirical understanding of how to identify materials for use by scholars. - Increase empirical understanding of how to provide better access to materials for use by scholars. - Identify meaningful characteristics of content that affect identification, retrieval, and other parameters. - Identify data preprocessing and transformation issues encountered by scholars. - Provide input to inform the architecture of the HTRC related to representation of collections, faceted browsing, identifiers, etc.

Project PI(s)

PI: Carole Palmer
Project Contact: Virgil E. Varvel Jr.
Funded by: HathiTrust Research Center

Research Area(s)

Digital Humanities
Current projects cover different aspects of electronic publishing, markup schemas, text-mining and analysis, and music information retrieval. Digital humanities is an area of significant interest and …

Project Team

Carole L. Palmer (PI)
Virgil E. Varvel Jr. (Project Coordinator)
Sayan Bhattacharyya (Researcher)
Andrea Thomer (Graduate Assistant)


Varvel, V. E. Jr., & Thomer, A. (2011). Google Digital Humanities Awards recipient interviews report (CIRSS Report No. HTRC1101) Champaign, IL: Center for Information Research in Science and Scholarship, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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