• Sessions

Maker’s Space

Thursday, 2:00-3:30pm

For the last year, we’ve been busy–building.  Come for a whirlwind tour of some of our latest projects.  We’ve invited a few friends to share their breakthrough projects, too. Part lightning talk, part science fair, Maker’s Space gives you a chance to explore our technologies and ask questions, share your thoughts, needs and ideas.

Open Library: Browse, List, Share Millions of Books

The vision of Open Library is “one web page for every book in the world,” a place where you can download, borrow, or buy any book. Come learn about the latest features and how you can participate in Open Library’s evolution via its editing interface, developer tools, and open API.

with: Brenton Cheng and Jessamyn West

Wayback Machine: The Next Generation

We are about to unveil the Next Generation Wayback Machine–completely revved, with new features including provenance and search.  Discover what’s hidden in those 479 billion Web captures, and how we are making the ephemeral Web more reliable.

with: Mark Graham

Software Arcade & Emulation

Play Oregon Trail and more–all in the browser via emulation.  But it’s not all fun and games.  We’ll give you a preview of how software can be preserved–and played back–long after the machines that ran the code have disappeared.

with: Jason Scott

Turning TV into searchable data

At the Internet Archive, we’ve made television searchable, quotable, and its metadata downloadable. Explore how our digital television research library is serving scholarship and journalism–especially in an election year. The Political Television Ad Archive is aiding journalists in the crucial work of fact-checking.  Plus–get the first look at new advances in the video Popcorn player.

with: Nancy Watzman and Roger Macdonald

TT Scribe — Digitize a Book: Now With Improved Imaging

We heard you — come check out the latest improvements on our Tabletop Scribe.  Better image quality, faster republishing, and a host of new features make this portable, affordable scanner a key piece of the digitization puzzle.

with: Kelly Ransom and Chris Booth

Command Line Tools & APIs

You’re creating great collections with us–how do you improve them? Learn how to manage your own collections using our command line API to upload, download and add metadata.

with: Jake Johnson and Alexis Rossi

Books Full Text Search & New Book Reader

Try out our new in-browser BookReader that allows you to check-out a book without downloading a thing. It’s great for mobile, too!  And we’ve been working on a new Full-text search inside all books. Take it for a spin with our top engineers.

with: Richard Caceres and Giovanni Damiola

Archive-It : Curating and creating archived web collections

Are you interested in curating web collections? We’ll show you the ropes, and the tools we offer to get you there.

with: Sylvie Rollason-Cass and Karl-Rainer Blumenthal

Author’s Alliance–Rights reversions & other services

Scholars need not sign away their monographs forever. Learn how to help scholars/writers get back their rights to control their works and make them available to a global audience.

with: Michael Wolfe

Work with Big Data like a Pro–new tools for research

Our top data scientist has created a new notebook that allows scholars to dive into our Web datasets like a pro. Great for digital humanities research and work by non-engineers.

with: Vinay Goel and Helge Holzmann

Unlocking the World’s Images with IIIF

What if you could zoom in, rotate, or annotate any image or text?  The International Image Interoperability Framework (http://iiif.io) is making this a reality by organizing a global community of cultural heritage repositories to share content using a common technical framework and open standards. Learn how your images may already be leveraging IIIF through the Internet Archive.

with: Mek Karpeles and Drew Winget

Family Search: the Family Tree of humankind

Genealogical materials in the Internet Archive are fueling a forest of family trees. Many of these primary sources are from your collections.  See the new ways your materials are fueling the genealogical sector, including our partners at Family Search. No group has worked with the Internet Archive in more innovative, collaborative and unique ways.

with: Cherie Bush, Michael Hall, and Dennis Meldrum

Digitizing Rich Film Collections

Come learn about the digitization of online, curated collections of archival films using the Internet Archive’s rich holdings in educational film as an example. Ask our Film Curator anything, including: integrity, quality and copyright issues of archival a/v collections; digital platforms and classification schemes (metadata); use of films as primary “documents” in the classroom and in the library; best practices for annotating, sharing and contributing to time-based online media.

with: Dimitrios Latsis

International Research Data Commons– by the Dat Project

Scientists are now required to make all their scientific data open access. Where? How? What is the easiest way to comply? These cutting-edge open source engineers have been working with scientists for three years to create a new “Dropbox” like solution. Soon everyone will be able to store their scientific data in a decentralized system backed up by the Internet Archive.

with: Karissa McKelvey & Max Ogden

Can Wikipedia do for structured data what it has done for knowledge?

Learn how major changes in the way we store, link, and share metadata about citations, media files, and the other article content will unlock the knowledge contained in Wikimedia projects for greater use in the cultural heritage community and beyond.

with: Jakob Orlowitz and Alex Stinson

Newman Numismatic Portal:  Using the Internet Archive API to Build and Manage Your Collection

The Internet Archive API provides tools to upload, download, and manipulate documents and metadata within IA collections. This demo applies the API to solve a number of problems encountered in the development of the Newman Numismatic Portal.

with: Robert Manley and Len Augsburger

The Big Idea: Accessibility after Marrakesh

Canada is the 20th nation to accede to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. Hear how the implementation of Marrakesh has created some opportunities for cross border initiatives, new policy development and partnerships.

with: Andrea Mills and Katya Pereyaslavska


Friday, 1:30-2:30pm

Tools and know-how you can carry home with you. There will be one 60:00 session. Select from these hands-on workshops, all running simultaneously, to join a small group and test drive some new tools.  Give feedback to our top engineers.

Table Top Scribe– how to use our portable digital book scanner

This workshop will introduce you to the new improvements to the Table Top Scribe hardware and software–thanks to feedback from our community of library partners! Follow a book through the process of being digitized on the TT Scribe: from selecting material to be digitized, turning the pages and capturing images, and using various book supports to optimize image capture. Later that same day, return to see your images online, converted into multiple formats and readable in the archive.org integrated bookreader interface. Kelly and Chris will also be able to answer any questions you might have about how the TT Scribe is currently being used, and its implementation in the future. This is a hands-on demo–so digitize a book yourself!

with: Kelly Ransom and Chris Booth

Doin’ the Command Line Hokey Pokey: Uploading, Downloading and Shaking your Metadata Around

This workshop will help you learn how to batch upload, download, search and modify metadata on archive.org. Bring your computer, you’re going to roll up your sleeves, and learn how to programmatically interact with archive.org using the Internet Archive command-line tool.

with: Alexis Rossi, Jeff Kaplan, and Jake Johnson

Image Quality in Digitization – Discussion of current trends and best practices

Where we came from, what we’re doing now, and where we are going. This workshop will dive into how best to balance the competing needs of image quality, productivity and cost. We will discuss the various tools and options you can employ.

We can discuss…

+Technology limitations
+Color management and color science
+Image sensors and cameras
+ FADGI, DICE, Metamorfoze …and ISO
+ Crafting a plan for you

with: Tom Rieger

Web Archiving— creating web collections and preserving web content

In this workshop, participants will learn about creating, managing, and providing access to archived collections of web resources. Participants will explore the Internet Archive’s Archive-It service, used by over 400 institutions to build their own web archives, available at https://archive-it.org/. After a brief overview that will include the basics of creating and managing collections, performing crawls and QA, and providing access, discussion will focus on new crawling technologies as well as tools, methods, and types of analysis possible in working with datasets extracted from curated collections.

with: Jefferson Bailey & Jillian Lohndorf

Escaping Legal Limbo: Overcoming Legal Obstacles to Making Modern Works Available

Legal Eagles, Lila Bailey and Michelle Wu, will lead this session for those who want to take a deeper dive into the strategies for digitizing and making available modern content. Come with stories from your institution about how to make modern works available, or with questions about how to get such a project off the ground.

 with: Michelle Wu and Lila Bailey

International Research Data Commons–the future of Scientific Data Sharing, Storage and Access

Take a deep dive with Dat, an open source tool for sharing datasets online. Learn about the International Research Data Commons, an upcoming initiative by the Dat Project and the Internet Archive, that will connect and back-up scientific data repositories around the globe to make finding and sharing data faster. This may be your first taste of a new wave of technologies dubbed the Decentralized Web. Laptops recommended so you can try out the tools during this interactive workshop.

with: Karissa McKelvey, Max Ogden & Roger Macdonald

Handling Big Data– new open source notebook that makes research a snap

In this workshop, you will learn how to use Archive Spark, a tool that helps library staff and researchers easily access and work with Web archive data in an efficient way. We will go over typical use-cases, and demonstrate how to use third-party tools to easily extract, transform, and visualize data. We will also show you exciting new features that will open up research beyond the Web archives.

with: Vinay Goel & Helge Holzmann

Open Library: Power Dive

In addition to being a user-editable catalog of more than 16 million works, Open Library offers a wealth of services, including faceted classification, robust search, user lists, book cover images, easy lending, and a RESTful API for programmatic access. Join us for a deep-dive into Open Library’s most powerful features including our new full text search, and unlock the metadata of the world’s books. PLUS we’ll unveil our new browser-based BookReader, that allows patrons to borrow books without downloading a thing.

with: Brenton Cheng & Jessamyn West

Unlocking the World’s Images with IIIF

Images have become fundamental carriers of information on the web. Infographics and photos line our twitter feeds and facebook walls, zoomable map tiles help us navigate unfamiliar areas with ease, and digital e-books bring us closer than ever to a native library experience. IIIF — a new web standard for sharing images — is posed to help institutions surface and extract even more value from their image collections. See demos and learn, hands on, how your institution can enable users to annotate areas of your images and book pages, zoom into image regions, and bring images alive by augmenting them with javascript in the browser.

with: Mek Karpeles, Drew Winget

Listening Posts

Friday, 3:00 – 4:00pm

We will convene in small groups around key topics in our field. Help create the roadmap for the future. This is your chance to share what is working for you, find collaborators, and share your needs with us.

PRESERVATION & ACCESS:  Moving forward in Canada–what are the opportunities? challenges?

Recent legislative and legal decisions in Canada are making that nation a prime place for libraries to move forward. Projects to discuss include the Internet Archive of Canada, an existing non-profit. We’ll map out the new opportunities, challenges and develop of list of possible next steps.

Facilitator: Andrea Mills
Reporter: Lila Bailey

LIBRARY 2020: Refining the vision, mapping the collection, and identifying the contributors

At the Internet Archive, we envision curating a collaborative digital collection of 10 million books. Through the Internet Archive and Open Library, we already have 3+ million digital books in circulation. But what about the rest? With the Library 2020 document as a starting point, what is the best shape and scope for the collection, what are approaches to sourcing this collection, and who are the likely contributors? Help us map the ecosystem and brainstorm viable approaches.

Facilitator: Jim Michalko
Reporter: Merrilee Proffitt

AVOIDING DUPLICATION – Do we already have it, and how can you use it?

When selecting what to digitize, many of you wonder–does Internet Archive already have it? If so, what happens next? Help us develop the technical roadmap for an API that would eliminate the guess work and suggest a path for what happens when the digital version already exists.

Facilitator: Jude Coelho
Reporter: Eric Blossom

DIGITIZATION: Scanning services–develop a list of key improvements and innovations you desire

The Internet Archive now offers many paths to digitization:  full service in our 28 regional centers, digitize yourself through the Tabletop Scribe, mass digitization at our new Asia Supercenter, and free digitization if you donate the book to the Archive!  We seek to constantly improve.  In this session, we’ll identify the top three innovations/improvements you desire and try to create a possible roadmap for getting there.

Facilitator: Kelly Ransom
Reporter: Elizabeth MacLeod /Jeff Sharpe

DISCOVERY: Open Library– ideas for moving forward

After some years of putting Open Library on hold, we are turning our attention to ways to make it better and more responsive to the library community.  How do we keep the “library” in Open Library?  Help us identify a list of the Top Ten ways Open Library can better serve the needs of librarians and libraries.  Then let’s prioritize that list. You can help us create a real roadmap forward that is responsive to the needs of the library community.


Facilitator: Jessamyn West
Reporter: Ben Vershbow

WEB ARCHIVING: What are the opportunities for collaborative technology building?

In this session, we will brainstorm the biggest challenges that our library leaders face when attempting to engage with collaborative web archiving technology building. Once we identify the top 3 challenges, we’ll suggest solutions and begin mapping a path to their achievement.
Facilitator: Courtney Mumma
Reporter: Lori Donovan

LONG-TERM STORAGE: Research Data Management– what are your Challenges? What infrastructure would help?

Research data management is one of a digital librarian’s biggest challenges. What are your five greatest pain points around the preservation, access, and sharing of data sets? Let’s identify them and begin mapping a path to solving those problems. PLUS: The Dat Project and Internet Archive are seeking partners in a multi-year project to start storing scientific data and journals at scale, using cutting edge decentralized technologies.

Facilitator: Max Ogden
Reporter: Jefferson Bailey 

ACCESS: Discovering and Evolving APIs for Data access – what we have and what you desire

As partners, you use Internet Archive data for everything from building a great new app, to managing your collections. Extracting and managing your data is done primarily through our APIs. How can you quickly discover what APIs are available and how to use them? We’ll show you one index to discover our existing tools, but we want to learn from you what will be effective for you to more easily find the tools you need, advocate for the tools you want, and share the results and learning from your use of those tools. Let’s identify the 3 top partner needs for an healthy ecosystem, and create a roadmap to creating a healthy community for knowledge access.
Facilitator: John Gonzalez
Reporter: Brenton Cheng