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>Date: Mon, 10 Nov 1997 23:26:48 -0500 (EST) >From: John Price-Wilkin <firstname.lastname@example.org> UM Making of America site -- 685,885 pages now online http://www.umdl.umich.edu/moa/ The University of Michigan Digital Library Initiative is proud to announce the completion of the first phase of its Making of America project, now including approximately 650,000 pages of books and journals from the latter part of the 19th century. This tremendous resource now contains 1,601 books and ten journals with more than 49,069 articles documenting America's social history. Based on feedback solicited in earlier announcements for the resource, as well as local user studies, the current implementation adds functionality in a number of areas. Notable features of the current system include the following: o Users may search the full text of the 685,885 pages, retrieving results almost instantly. o The system now includes browsable bibliographies for the journal articles and the monographs. o The UM MoA resources have been encoded in a simple SGML form (a 40 element DTD conforming to the TEI Guidelines); consequently, we are able to seamlessly integrate both automatically processed (i.e., "raw") texts, and texts whose OCR and encoding is carefully evaluated (i.e., "cooked" texts). Users who encounter a "cooked" text will find attractively rendered HTML with links to page images, while "raw" texts are presented as page images until resources can be found to improve them. o A major project undertaken during the summer of 1997 subdivided the UM MoA periodicals into articles, adding title and author information to the rough OCR at the article level, thus making it easier to navigate the large body of material or to search for specific items. o Although the functionality of the resource is enhanced by the use of browsers that support frames, the current implementation also supports frameless browsers. Especially if you've been a user of the UM Making of American system in the past, we would be very interested in your comments. Please take a look at the new system and send comments to email@example.com. Future Developments The resource will continue to improve along several different fronts. o Integration with the Making of America materials at Cornell University (http://moa.cit.cornell.edu/) is a high priority. o Migration from "raw" to "cooked" can take place gradually, based on the availability of resources and specific demands. The Humanities Text Initiative, a part of the Digital Library Production Services at the UM, will undertake the process of proofing OCR and refining markup based on user demand. A call for suggestions of priorities will be made in the coming weeks. o The UM Library will be incorporating digital conversion into its Preservation Department's "Brittle Books" program. New materials will be added to the MoA site as they are converted. o Bibliographic information in monographs will be enhanced with improved catalog records by the end of 1997. o We hope to work with other institutions and funding agencies to make more significant additions to the MoA site. Please send expressions of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. The project is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. ---------------------------------------------- Miscellaneous statistics: Total SGML: 1.826 gigabytes Total words: approximately 300 million John Price-Wilkin <email@example.com>