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Research Initiatives

The DCA regularly engages in research projects to explore new areas of knowledge and practice in the fields of archives management, records management, digital preservation, and digital library and repository services. These projects are intended to further the knowledge of these professions and enhance our collective understanding of our work.

Research Grants

Linked Archival Metadata (LiAM)
Linked Archival Metadata (LiAM) is a planning project funded by IMLS and will explore strategies for archives to adopt linked data to improve usability of archival description.

TAPER: Tufts Accessioning Program for Electronic Records
The DCA is undertaking an electronic records Program Expansion Project grant funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (Grant number: RE10005-08).

FEDORA and the Preservation of University Records
The NHPRC has awarded an 18 month Electronic Records Project grant to the DCA, in partnership with Manuscripts & Archives of Yale University, to support work to synthesize electronic records preservation research with digital library repository research in an effort to test the potential of Fedora to serve as the architecture for an electronic records preservation system.


In conjunction with UIT Academic Technology, DCA is hosting a one-day Fedora Commons conference.



  • Robert Chavez, Anoop Kumar, Ranjani Saigal, Nikolai Schwertner, “Architecting an Extensible Digital Repository,” Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (2004), Tuscon: 2-10. (preprint)
  • Robert Chavez, Nikolai Schwertner, “An Approach to Modeling Content for Digital Repositories,” Proceedings of the 5th ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (2005), Denver: 373. (preprint, demo session poster )