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The Connecticut Digital ArchiveServing Connecticuts cultural heritage community since 2013September, 2016Greg Colati, AUL for Archives, Special Collections, and Digital CurationJennifer Eustis, CTDA Content Administrator

Cyberinfrastructure and the Human RecordDigital cultural heritage resources are a fundamental dataset for the humanities combined with computer networks and software tools, [they] now shape the way that scholars [and all interested people] discover and make sense of the human record [and] the way their findings are communicated to students, colleagues, and the general public."The Report of the American Council of Learned Societies Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences." American Council of Learned Societies (2006)

The Dilemma of Modern Preservation


How do we insure that resources that support inquiry and research that exist in digital form today, will reliably exist and be discoverable in the future?

CTDAA state-wide program of the University of Connecticut Library that preserves, manages, and makes available permanently valuable cultural data and other records produced and collected by non-profit educational, cultural, and memory institutions based in Connecticut

CTDA DevelopmentPhase I: Infrastructure Building (2011- )Phase II: Collection Building (2013- )Phase III: Connection Building (2016- )

The CTDA in 2013One institution: University of Connecticut, Special Collections and ArchivesOne collection: Thomas J. Dodd Nuremberg trial papersApprox. 20,000 digital objects: text documents of the Nuremberg trial teamOne presentation layer: archives.lib.uconn.edu

The CTDA in 201640+ Institutions: Libraries, Archives, Museums, Historical Societies, Higher Ed, K-12 Education, State Agencies.Hundreds of collections in a broad spectrum of subjects from Algae to ZulusMore than 300,000 digital objects: texts, images, video, audio, data sets, and more Multiple presentation outlets: 5 web sites, indexing in aggregators: ResearchIT (formerly iConn), DPLA (soon), links in connecticuthistory.org, and more

Zulu Circus Poster, Bridgeport History Center

Benthic Marine Algae HerbariumUConn

New LondonSearch for "New London"4,000 results6 different formats17 different institutions

Thames373 results5 formats9 institutions20+ place names20+ topics

Ft. Griswold45 results2 formats7 institutions

Hempstead HouseConnecticut Historical Society

Fort TrumbullLandscape paintings, Lyman Allyn Museum Oral history transcripts from UConnHurricane damage, 1938, CT State Archives

SubmarinesDocuments, Robert Simmons Papers, UConnSubmarine Construction, Groton, 1958, Hartford Public Library

High SocietyBroadside, CHSThames Club house, 1890, Mystic Seaport NYNH&H Railroad Steam Car, UConn

A self-propelled rail carSmoke talk: a social meeting accompanied by smoking (OED)

Famous FamiliesNathaniel Shaw Correspondence, Connecticut Historical SocietyShaw-Perkins Mansion, Mystic Seaport

CTDA DevelopmentPhase I: Infrastructure Building (2011- )Phase II: Collection Building (2013- )Phase III: Connection Building (2016- )

Thank you!Greg ColatiUniversity of Connecticut Librarygreg@uconn.edu

Jennifer EustisUniversity of Connecticut Libraryjennifer.eustis@uconn.edu