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The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is excited to announce a newly-funded research project. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) has been awarded a two-year, $1,170,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the “Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis + Data Capsules: Laying the Foundation for Secure Copyrighted Data in the HathiTrust Research Center, Phase I (WCSA+DC),” project. WCSA+DC will see an overhaul and rebuild of the HTRC Workset Builder and improvement and scale-up of the HTRC Data Capsule. Both systems will also be extended to allow computational access to the in-copyright portion of the HathiTrust Digital Library. 

HTRC Co-Directors J. Stephen Downie, (Illinois) and Beth Plale, (Indiana University Bloomington), along with Timothy Cole (Illinois) will be leading the efforts as principal investigators. Ted Underwood (Illinois), Kevin Page (Oxford e-Research Centre), James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University) and Annika Hinze (University of Waikato) will also be participating as project partners. In addition to working on overhaul and improvement of Workset Builder and Data Capsule, partners will also be working with the PIs on metadata improvement, construction, vetting and integration of computational tools and pilot use cases.

HTRC is a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Indiana University, with a primary goal of allowing research access to the HathiTrust corpus while still respecting copyright limitations.

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