The Linked Archival Metadata (LiAM) Project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Leadership Grants Program as a Planning Grant. Tufts University’s Digital Collections and Archives is the project lead. Work on LiAM began October 1, 2012, and is scheduled to be complete by September 30, 2013.
What is LiAM?
LiAM is focused on planning for the application of linked data approaches to archival description. Our goal is to better understand the benefits that linked data could bring to the management, discovery, and use of archival collections while also investigating the efforts required to implement these approaches. Central to this effort is identifying graduated approaches that will enable archives to build on existing description as well as mapping out a more ambitious vision for linked data in archives.
This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.
Leadership of the LiAM Project is provided by Tufts University’s Digital Collections and Archives [DCA]. DCA supports the teaching and research mission of Tufts University by ensuring the enduring preservation and accessibility of the university’s permanently valuable records and collections. The DCA assists departments, faculty, and staff in managing records and other assets. The DCA collaborates with members of the Tufts community and others to develop tools to discover and access collections to support teaching, research, and administrative needs.