CTDA Labs is where we develop and experiment with new features for the CTDA, new ideas related to digital preservation and discovering and using digital content. Projects can be large or small and are typically collaborations with CTDA members, external organizations, academic departments at UConn and elsewhere, or just about anyone who is interested in experimenting.
Practical outcomes are not necessarily required, but all are aimed at increasing our understanding of how to collect, preserve, manage, and present digital assets.
Projects often begin with an idea, and grow through experimentation, and sometimes get to the point of external funding through grants, and sometimes even to public release and use–either within the CTDA system or beyond.
If you have an research or experimental idea, let us know!
Handwriting Text Recognition
Funded by a grant from LYRASIS Catalyst Fund, HTR is exploring the development of automated transcription of handwritten texts, focusing on the Late Colonial and Earl Republic era in American history.
In collaboration with UConn's Digital Capture Lab, this project is exploring the requirements for preserving and making available 3D digital objects in a preservation repository.
Connecticut Collections Alliance
Funded in part by a grant from Connecticut Humanities, the CCA project is enhancing metadata in the CTDA and creating topical collections to make the collection more inclusive of multiple cultural and intellectual perspectives and highlight content in the CTDA relating to current noteworthy topics.
Municipal Records Project
A joint project by the State Library and Archives, the Hartford Public Library, and the CTDA, the Municipal Records project will work with town governments across the state to insure digital records are preserved and available to the people of Connecticut. This project is in early development.
Funded in part by private donations, the ICTY digital archive is a collaborative project between the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the CTDA. The archive provides access to a range of documents and other records associated with the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
More info coming soon!
Rights Statements Conversion Project
The CTDA is developing and expanding its "global search and replace" ability to regularize rights statements to fit the new Standardized Rights Statements requirements in the CTDA
International Image Interoperability Format (IIIF) is a community of research, national and state libraries, museums, companies and image repositories committed to providing access to high quality image resources. The IIIF technology promises to bring more and better ways to exchange, combine, and share digital resources. We are preparing the CTDA technology infrastructure to participate in IIIF exchanges.
The original project created an automated connection between the Secretary of the State of Connecticut and the CTDA to archive the Regulations of the State of Connecticut. The work behind the eRegs project provided the framework for the CTDA Connector project.
Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning
Preliminary research into using neural nets to determine the content of typewritten documents. While preliminary research was promising, this project is on hold while we seek funding to continue our research.
With support from UConn's Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Digital Media and Design, the CTDA developed the workflow to export object records from the CTDA to the DPLA. This project was complete in September 2019.