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Grants and Partnerships

The California Digital Library’s success in delivering digital collections and services for teaching, learning, and research has been achieved through collaboration with the UC campuses and state, national, and international partners.

Our record of acquiring grants to explore strategic innovations in digital libraries has resulted in broader online access to materials held in UC libraries and museums and contributed to the development of online resources and web archiving tools.

Current grant-funded and partnership activities include the following:

Shared Collections

Heading WEST: Toward a Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST)

This grant is funding an initiative to organize a distributed, retrospective print repository service, and includes partners such as the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, the University of Arizona, and others.

UC Libraries/ JSTOR Paper Repository

The University of California Libraries and JSTOR (Journal Storage) contracted to create a paper repository of over 14,000,000 pages (500+ titles) from journal runs across all UC campuses. This “dim” archive (accessible to only UC faculty, staff, students and JSTOR) has one ideal & complete set of every contract JSTOR title.

UC Mass Digitization Partners with Google and Internet Archive

Millions of books from the UC Libraries are being scanned through our participation in mass digitization projects. These projects expand the UC Libraries ability to give faculty, students and the public access to information and support our exploration of new service models. The UC Libraries are currently participating in two mass digitization projects: Google Book Search, and digitization via the Internet Archive.

Publishing, Archives, and Digitization

Harvesting California’s Bounty

This is a multi-year project to aggregate digital collections that are otherwise dispersed across a range of library, archive, and museum systems. Although these collections are available online through local websites, they are not readily discoverable at statewide and national network levels. Through harvesting, aggregating, and displaying the collections on Calisphere and the Digital Public Library of America websites, CDL provides the collections with increased visibility and usability. Given that a number of them were created with the support of LSTA funding, it is all the more important that they remain publicly available, findable, and usable for the long term.

Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) Project

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia (project lead) and the School of Information at UC Berkeley, this project is exploring the potential for archival authority records to improve access to cultural resources in libraries, archives, and museums. SNAC builds on the recent release of an archival authority control standard (Encoded Archival Context – Corporate bodies, Persons, and Families [EAC-CPF]) to “unlock” descriptions of people from descriptions of their records and link them together in new ways. SNAC is also laying the groundwork for a sustainable international cooperative program for archival description, hosted by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). The Cooperative will enable archivists, librarians, and scholars to jointly maintain information about the people documented in archival collections. It will also improve the economy and quality of archival processing and description, and address the challenge of discovering, locating, and using distribute historical records.

UC Curation Center


In October 2016, CDL, Harvard Library, and UCLA Library, CDL were awarded funding from IMLS to create Cobweb, a collaborative collection development platform for web archiving. Cobweb will help libraries and archives make better informed decisions regarding the allocation of their individual programmatic resources, and promote more effective institutional collaboration and sharing.


The California Digital Library and its partners were awarded a $590,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund further development of the popular Data Management Planning Tool (DMPTool) in 2013. The bulk of the grant will go to the UC Curation Center (UC3) at the CDL to fund improvements to the DMPTool including expanded functionality, training modules, documentation and the creation of an open-source community to sustain the DMPTool in the future. Project partners are the University of Virginia Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, and DataONE.

DMPTool service manager Stephanie Simms was awarded a Research Data Alliance (RDA/US) Data Share Fellowship for 2016-2017 to engage with the Active Data Management Plans (DMPs) interest group and develop use cases that reposition DMPs as living documents. These research and development efforts for active DMPs encompass international stakeholders and will inform future enhancements for the merged DMPTool-DMPonline platform.

Making Data Count

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation made a 2-year, $747K award to the California Digital Library, DataCite and DataONE to support collection of usage and citation metrics for data objects. The MDC project will work with the community to create a clear set of guidelines on how to define data usage. In addition, the project will develop a central hub for the collection of data level metrics.


Researchers at the University of California have partnered with dozens of other universities and agencies to create DataONE, a global data access and preservation network for earth and environmental scientists that will support breakthroughs in environmental research. DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) is one of two $20 million awards as part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) DataNet program.

UC Libraries and Systemwide Initiatives


As founding members of HathiTrust, the CDL and UC libraries are helping develop a shared digital library to expand access to digitized books and ensure their preservation, while developing services of interest to scholars.

CDL Participation: Collections Program, Discovery & Delivery Program, UC Curation Center

Systemwide ILS (SILS)

The Systemwide ILS (SILS) is a centralized library management and discovery system – powered by Ex Libris’ Alma / Primo VE software – that unites the collections and digital resources for the entire UC system. The SILS brings together all ten UC campus libraries, the California Digital Library, and two regional storage facilities into one system. The UC Libraries benefit through newly streamlined workflows and greater collaboration between campuses in collections management.


CDL Participation: Discovery & Delivery Program