Big Strides for the Elephant – HathiTrust Mid-Year Update 2014
- In February, HathiTrust surpassed 11 million volumes in its collection. Close to 4 million of these are in the public domain and in full view for everyone to read.
- Mike Furlough was selected to be the new Executive Director. He began his tenure on May 15th.
- In June, the U.S. 2nd Circuit released its ruling on the lawsuit brought by the Author’s Guild. It reaffirms HathiTrust’s work to digitize library books to expand access to library collections.
- Also in June, a project (http://www.lib.umich.edu/imls-national-leadership-grant-crms) to review the copyright status of United States works in HathiTrust published between 1923 and 1967 was completed. The CRMS-US review project has opened access to 7,564 books identified to be in the public domain this year, and to 165,725 books since the project began in December 2008. HathiTrust’s CRMS-World review of non-U.S. works continues.
Happenings of Note
- The pilot collection of 22 open access volumes from Knowledge Unlatched is now available on HathiTrust. Knowledge Unlatched is a non-profit that facilitates a process whereby libraries collaborate to fund open access to scholarly works that are then made available to the public under Creative Commons licenses.
- Keio University of Japan, a Google partner library, has contributed more than 90,000 volumes in full view since December 2013
- In March, representatives of HathiTrust attended the Roundtable discussion on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization organized by the U.S. Copyright Office. Read HathiTrust’s written comments on the Roundtable.
- Extensive work has been done to improve the relevance ranking of search results.
- A new spelling suggestion feature developed by CDL has been integrated and tested.
This is only a brief summary of HathiTrust’s many achievements and activities for the first half of 2014. Read the HathiTrust’s Mid-Year Review for more in-depth information and details.