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1 4/5/05 University of Southern California As If By Magic As If By Magic Presentation to the Coalition for Networked Information April 5, 2005 Presented by: Mike Pearce – Deputy CIO Judy Truelson - ISD Reference Coordinator University of Southern California Sam Gustman – CTO Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation

2 4/5/05 University of Southern California Supporting the Expectations Users expect to have simple, seamless service from server and storage environments, through the network, and onto the desktop whenever, wherever, and however. Why shouldn’t I be able to … ? Google and Amazon make it look easy.

3 4/5/05 University of Southern California The Landscape Current examples of divergent data archives at USC: Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (VHF) Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) Geographical Information System (GIS) InscriptiFact

4 4/5/05 University of Southern California Storage Case Study Overview

5 4/5/05 University of Southern California The Landscape The Landscape (continued) Technology issues: Diverse data use / Formats Access restrictions Storage / Media / Data patterns / Devices Standards / Metadata Applications / Tools Network Limitations Redundancy / Petabyte world Computing … Power … Air conditioning

6 4/5/05 University of Southern California The Landscape The Landscape (continued) Sociological issues: Human and financial resource limitations How data is organized – who does it, to what level, and how? User expectations, requirements, and specialized applications Expertise and skills Building consensus around strategies with Faculty Advisory Groups, Federation Management Standards, etc. Competing priorities – rock vs. sand: Security – protecting what, for (and from) whom Administrative applications  CRM …

7 4/5/05 University of Southern California Bridging the Gap Today’s Landscape Meeting Expectations as if by magic

8 4/5/05 University of Southern California Playing Together Requirements Social Issues

9 4/5/05 University of Southern California The Way Forward – Realizing the Miracle Heterogeneous data sources are here to stay Key is to help data sources play together – Middleware (SRB, DSpace, etc.) Build flexibility strategies with multiple access methods while being unobtrusive to the scholar Pick what you can do – recognize you can’t do it all Shared vision and direction Raw storage – preservation, disaster recovery, etc. Toolsets Portals Federated Identity Management

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14 Access Grant Efforts with Universities MALACH: Multilingual Access to Large Spoken Archives –$7.5 Million Large ITR from the NSF –Univ. of Maryland, Johns Hopkins, IBM, Charles University, Univ. of West Bohemia –http://www.clsp.jhu.edu/research/malach/http://www.clsp.jhu.edu/research/malach/ Mellon Grant –$1 Million –USC, Rice and Yale (University of Michigan added to project on separate funding)

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16 Scholarly Uses of the Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive (VHA) in Research and Instructional Programs Mellon Grant Project Implementation (September 2003 – September 2005)

17 Mellon Grant Project (June 2004-August 2004) USC set out to: Assess the usefulness of the archive for instruction and research Assess the implications of digitally accessible video in various areas of study

18 USC Mellon Grant Commitments Tier I—USC faculty integrate the Archive into course work Tier II—USC Faculty integrate the archive into scholarly research Tier III—USC makes the archive available on campus computers to interested researchers outside the first two tiers

19 The VHA teaches about the effects and consequences of bigotry and intolerance

20 Findings—Classroom observations have proven valuable in facilitating first time use of the VHA The Holocaust as visual culture in terms of interviewing techniques, camera effects, videographic methods

21 Other Conclusions from survey data Classroom integration of the VHA requires support beyond self- help materials in order to maximize use of the archive

22 USC’s Ongoing Commitments Expansion of the local cache of testimonies to reflect the Shoah Foundation’s entire collection Addition of Internet2 partner universities— University of Michigan has joined the collaboration. Active promotion of the Shoah Foundation VHA through Presentations Bookmarks Posters Instruction and training

23 Contact Information Moderator: Lynn O’Leary Archer, Senior Associate Dean and Executive Director, Resources & Services/Archival Research Center, Director of USC Libraries, Presenters: Mike Pearce, Deputy CIO, USC Sam Gustman, Chief Technical Officer, Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, Judy Truelson, ISD Reference Coordinator, USC


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