Manager of Systems Development
University of Virginia
Chief Information Officer
Shared Shelf, a cloud-based cataloging and image management repository built by ARTstor (in partnership with eight universities and colleges and the Society of Architectural Historians) provides a real world test of how a media-specific repository needs to fit in with the campus ecosystem of library and instructional technology services. Images that are produced locally on a campus need to be cataloged, stored, searched, and used in a variety of ways and in a variety of services on a campus. Institutions have a range of approaches to digital preservation, so a “use repository” like Shared Shelf needs to complement archival preservation processes on the back-end. At the same time, because images are used in so many ways, the repository in which they are stored needs to fit in with the other software utilities that discover and draw upon the content in flexible ways.
This presentation will include a report of the progress on interoperation efforts between Shared Shelf and Harvard’s Digital Repository Service, and a discussion of the University of Virgina’s needs for APIs to search into and get metadata/data from Shared Shelf. It will also include a discussion of the opportunities and challenges associated with the full range of Shared Shelf’s interoperating aims, including the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF).