Digital Initiatives

Digital Initiatives

The Digital Initiatives department coordinates the digitization, digital presentation, and digital preservation of archival collections and other library resources. We develop and enforce standards and procedures, including quality control mechanisms, for digital projects.

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Projects & Partnerships


Digital Collections

CONTENTdm digital collection management software runs our growing Digital Collections website of rare and unique images, documents, and oral histories from our archives, special collections, and other campus units.

Digital Exhibits

Omeka open-source software showcases our Digital Exhibits.

Transcription Project

Omeka and the Scripto plugin enables transcription of textual files. Our pilot project uses this technology to crowdsource the transcription of a historic African American newspaper, the Louisville Leader.

Open Access Publishing

ThinkIR: The University of Louisville's Institutional Repository is an open-access collection of scholarly works created by the University of Louisville community.

Open Journal Systems and Open Conference Systems tools from the Public Knowledge Project can be used to publish open access e-journals and conference proceedings.

Data Management

See this resource for guidance on managing research data.


We are a founding member the MetaArchive Cooperative, a digital preservation network created and hosted by and for memory organizations, and participate in the National Digital Stewardship Alliance.

In addition, we partner with the following organizations to preserve and provide broader access to our digital collections:

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