Daniel V. Pitti
Principal Investigator, Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC)
University of Virginia
External Agency Liaison to SNAC
U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
Archivist for Special Collections Library
University of California, Irvine
Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) began as a research and development project in 2010, and in 2015 began to transition to an ongoing cooperative program. This project update will focus on the technological and social changes required to make the transition successful. The transition has required that the underlying technology platform be completely transformed, transitioning from the aggregation of data from multiple sources using a multi-step batch process to a platform supporting both batch ingest of new data and ongoing human curation of the data. Given that the data will be cooperatively maintained to benefit the members and end-users, a major focus of the social transition has been on governance: editorial policy and standards; technology requirements; communication; and training. The project update will focus on the current status of the transition and future plans for continuing and completing the transition. SNAC has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.