1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War

Nicolas Apostolopoulos
Freie Universtät Berlin

Oliver Janz
Freie Universtät Berlin

On the centenary of the start of World War I, “1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War” will present a virtual, open access handbook and encyclopedia on World War I to the academic community and the general public. It will be the most comprehensive academic encyclopedia on World War I created by the largest network of World War I researchers worldwide. The multi-perspective, refereed reference work will be the result of an international collaborative project that is coordinated by the Freie Universität Berlin (Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Center for Digital Systems) in cooperation with the Bavarian State Library, and is funded by the German Research Foundation.

“1914-1918-online” is based on semantic wiki technology. Hyper-linked documents and metadata as well as the use of the underlying taxonomy will enable users to find their way through complex, non-linear structures. The visualization of related documents provides versatile access routes to the encyclopedia’s contents based on user defined selection criteria. The structure of the encyclopedia will be shown and tools will be demonstrated that support the creation and the usage of the system.


Assessment of E-book Strategies

Maria Savova
Collection Management and Digital Integration Librarian
Claremont Colleges

Terese Heidenwolf
Director of Research & Instructional Services, Library
Lafayette College

Kevin Butterfield
University Librarian
University of Richmond


What do we know about the use and acceptance of e-books by students and faculty? At the December CNI Executive Roundtable, “E-book Strategies,” several institutions reported on data collection efforts to assist them in better understanding the use of and satisfaction with e-books among their constituencies. In this session, findings from three institutions will provide insight into the kinds of information collected, what the data revealed, and the impact of these studies on policies and strategic directions:

*The University of Richmond Libraries will discuss how the implementation of a demand-driven acquisition (DDA) program for e-books impacted purchasing decisions and ways in which implementation of a discovery layer service impacted reception of e-books.

*Lafayette College Libraries will discuss how format preference data and use data from both subscription and patron-driven acquisition (PDA) e-book packages have shaped e-book acquisition policies.

*Claremont Colleges Library will present results from a study, comparing the usage of the print and electronic equivalent of the same Course Adopted Book title, as well as a quick look at the types of data collected and analyzed from the e-book DDA service.

Presentation  (Savova)
Presentation (Heidenwolf)

Beyond Serials: Lessons Learned and Future Directions for e-Book Preservation

Stephanie Orphan
Director of Publisher Relations

Robert Wolven
Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development
Columbia University

Charles Hammer
Associate Director of Product Management Global Research
John Wiley & Sons

Portico began working with libraries and scholarly publishers on the preservation of e-books in 2008. The past five years have seen incredible growth in the scholarly e-book space and vastly increased coverage of e-books in digital preservation services. As is the case with all growth spurts, these accomplishments have been accompanied by inevitable growing pains. This session will bring together stakeholders from across the e-book preservation landscape to discuss lessons learned, challenges, and possible future directions for e-book preservation. Areas for discussion include the challenges of developing preservation business models for a market that is still evolving, making sense of the multi-platform and aggregator space, the impact of rights restrictions, format and technical issues, and challenges presented by complex and numerous publisher sales and access models.


Can a Consortium Build a Viable Preservation Repository?

Suzanne E. Thorin
Program Director, Academic Preservation Trust
University of Virginia

Bradley Daigle
Director, Digital Curation Services; APTrust Content Lead
University of Virginia

Stephen Davis
Director, Columbia Libraries Digital Program
Columbia University

Linda Newman
Head, Digital Collections and Repositories
University of Cincinnati

Scott Turnbull
Senior Software and Systems Administrator; APTrust Technology Lead
University of Virginia


The Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust), a consortium of 16 institutions, was formed two and a half years ago when a small group of academic library deans agreed to take a community approach in building and managing a repository that would provide long-term preservation of the scholarly record. The repository also aims to aggregate content, to provide for disaster recovery, to leverage economies of scale, and to explore access and other services. From its beginning, APTrust has been a layered collaboration of deans, technology experts, content/preservation specialists, and a small APTrust staff located at the University of Virginia. The growth of the consortium has been bumpy at times, with differences of opinion regarding technology decisions and, inside the University of Virginia (UVA), in building awareness that an entrepreneurial program requires quick responses from the infrastructure. APTrust remains repository and format agnostic by using the Baglt specification for content submission. Metadata is managed by Fedora with pointers to content preserved in Amazon S3 and Glacier with administrative functions built using Hydra and Blacklight. The repository is scheduled to go live in June and will become a Digital Preservation Network (DPN) node. A panel of APTrust partners and UVA staff will describe the interplay in decision making among deans, technologists, and content experts and will discuss the evolving nature of an effort that is approaching full production, including questions of governance, business modeling, certification goals and the consortium’s evolving approach to the complex issues related to digital preservation.