Session Title

Catholic, Crowdfunded and Collaborative: A Unique Approach to Newspaper Digitization

Location

KIPJ D

Session Type

Concurrent Session

Start Date

28-4-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

28-4-2016 1:45 PM

Keywords

digitization, newspapers, crowdfunding, collaboration, impact sourcing, digital library, sustainability, preservation

Abstract

Like other newspaper digitization program, the Catholic Newspapers Program (CNP), initiated by the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA), aims to provide access to newspapers, in this case to all Catholic newspapers published in North America, both newspapers in the public domain and in copyright. But the CNP takes a very different approach to implement its goal.

In a collaboration between Reveal Digital, Digital Divide Data, CRRA, and CRRA’s 44 members, CNP has developed a cost model and project plan that focuses on five major cost elements including rights clearance, data conversion, hosting and delivery platform, project management and outreach. Unlike most newspaper digitization program, CNP is not grant-funded, but crowdfunded. According to Peggy Glahn, Reveal Digital’s Program Director, the library crowdfunding model “challenges the traditional approach to scholarly publishing. It requires librarians to think more like active investors and publishers and less like consumers.”

This session will focus on CNP’s unique funding model that challenges traditional approaches, on its inclusion of public domain and in-copyright newspapers and rights clearance, on CNP’s cost model, and finally on the project plan and collaboration with delivery partners.

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Apr 28th, 1:00 PM Apr 28th, 1:45 PM

Catholic, Crowdfunded and Collaborative: A Unique Approach to Newspaper Digitization

KIPJ D

Like other newspaper digitization program, the Catholic Newspapers Program (CNP), initiated by the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA), aims to provide access to newspapers, in this case to all Catholic newspapers published in North America, both newspapers in the public domain and in copyright. But the CNP takes a very different approach to implement its goal.

In a collaboration between Reveal Digital, Digital Divide Data, CRRA, and CRRA’s 44 members, CNP has developed a cost model and project plan that focuses on five major cost elements including rights clearance, data conversion, hosting and delivery platform, project management and outreach. Unlike most newspaper digitization program, CNP is not grant-funded, but crowdfunded. According to Peggy Glahn, Reveal Digital’s Program Director, the library crowdfunding model “challenges the traditional approach to scholarly publishing. It requires librarians to think more like active investors and publishers and less like consumers.”

This session will focus on CNP’s unique funding model that challenges traditional approaches, on its inclusion of public domain and in-copyright newspapers and rights clearance, on CNP’s cost model, and finally on the project plan and collaboration with delivery partners.