Public Access Submission System (PASS)

In partnership with Harvard and MIT with inspiration from Jeff Spies at 221B, the DRCC developed PASS to support Johns Hopkins University’s Open Access Policy. Researchers can use PASS to simultaneously submit their articles to PubMedCentral (and eventually other federal funder repositories) and institutional repositories such as JHU’s JScholarship. This simultaneous submission of articles supports both federal funder public access policies and institutional open access policies. PASS also provides useful grants and article information through dashboards that harvest and present data from JHU’s COEUS grants system and NIH’s Public Access Compliance Monitor (PACM). The roadmap for PASS includes the integration of the JHU Data Archive so that researchers will be able to submit articles and data cited within those articles.

Annotation Viewer

The DRCC has developed a digital annotation viewer based on community protocols (IIIF) and technology (Mirador). This viewer provides a rich, immersive experience viewing digital images and associated annotations. Two examples of projects that use IIIF and the Mirador viewer are the Archaeology of Reading and the Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts.

The  Archaeology of Reading is a digital humanities research initiative that explores the historical reading practices through the lens of manuscript annotations preserved in early printed books.  Team members from the Sheridan Libraries partnered with University College of London’s Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) and the Princeton University Library with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to carry out this multi-phase project. The corpus includes 34 annotated early books, transcribed and made available to users in a robust digital environment that supports research and researchers.

The Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts is an online library of manuscript works by author Christine Pizan and the 13th century narrative of the poem Roman de la Rose.  A very rich research environment is built around these two entities and includes high quality digital surrogates made accessible to the user through the IIIF viewer.  An initial goal of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library was to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the 13th-century poem Roman de la Rose.  The Sheridan Libraries currently has digital surrogates of more than 130 Roman de la Rose manuscripts, and the collection continues to grow.

Visualization Wall for Student Wellness

Located in the Brody Learnings Commons, the visualization wall is part of a joint project with the Office of Student Health and Well-Being and the Counseling Center and the MSE Library. As a movable touch display, the wall contains several types of games that provide stress relief and a sense of well-being. It also  serves to connect students with resources on campus to alleviate stress and cope with anxiety.

It is part of a study examining the holistic sense of connection that students feel to physical collections while also gathering comprehensive data about digital features in libraries that benefit student well-being. One strand of this study analyzes the impact of a program that lends physical, archival materials to students as a possible method for cultivating a greater sense of engagement with both collections and institutions. The other strand of this work explores the potential for digital games to mitigate stress, anxiety, and isolation, as well as the potential for digital displays to lead students to the university’s wellness resources.