Director, Electronic Publishing Initiative
Director, Research and Development, Academic Information Systems
The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was established by the National Science Foundation in 2000 as an online library that directs users to exemplary resources in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and research. The Columbia University NSDL Core Integration group is working in three areas that provide new models for digital library development within the NSDL: editorial enhancement of publishers’ content, virtual learning worlds in a digital library context, and Community Sign-On as an access management strategy.
The first area explores the potential value of integrating editorial commentary with published research to create teaching resources. The second explores embedding online games within an educational digital library environment. The third area examines new models for identity management through Community Sign-On, an implementation of the Internet2 Shibboleth system for federated identity management. While we anticipated challenges in technology coordination, we have found that our work has also tested deep institutional assumptions about process, business models and policy. It raises questions about privacy, scholarly participation, intellectual property and emerging social network conventions.