Data Capsule Appliance for Research Analysis of Restricted and Sensitive Data in Academic Libraries

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  • J. Stephen Downie

Indiana University, in partnership with eight other academic libraries, will enable new kinds of computational research while ensuring librarians remain expert stewards of information collections. In the last decade, there has been a nearly exponential increase in the volume of digital content, much of which could be valuable for computational research. However, not all datasets can be made open to researchers due to copyright and privacy concerns. The "data capsule" technique was developed in the HathiTrust Research Center to enable researcher access to protected digital collections. This project will develop the data capsule technique as a service for use in academic libraries across the country. [IMLS LG-71-17-0094-17]

Funding Agencies

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services – $32,500.00