LEAPing In: Our Top Ten (Part 1 of 2)

Livingstone Online has embarked on a new three-year phase of development thanks to a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA). This three-year project is called the Livingstone Online Enrichment and Access Project (LEAP ). Since LEAP began last September, we’ve been engaged in a whirlwind of activities. Here are the first five (in no particular order) of our current “Top Ten” activities:

  • Program planning. We’re working with a lot of libraries, universities, and people (such as scholars, scientists, librarians, and computer programmers) to redevelop Livingstone Online. We have an ambitious agenda with many moving parts. We’ve made program planning a central part of our project to ensure that everything runs smoothly and that we accomplish all our goals.
Program manager Mike Toth with UCLA lead contact Lisa McAulay (inset left) and project director Adrian Wisnicki (inset right), Google Hangouts, May 2014.
Program manager Mike Toth with UCLA lead contact Lisa McAulay (inset left) and project director Adrian Wisnicki (inset right), Google Hangouts, May 2014.
  • Website redesign. The current Livingstone Online took shape between 2005 and 2010. Although only a few years have passed, today’s users have different expectations for how a website should work. We’re redesigning the “look and feel” of Livingstone Online to enhance the experience of our users and to facilitate future site updates.
LEAP aesthetic visionary Angela Aliff meets with Adrian Wisnicki, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 2014.
LEAP aesthetic visionary Angela Aliff meets with Adrian Wisnicki, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, March 2014.
  • Data development. Between 2005 and 2013, Livingstone Online collected a lot of images from libraries and archives in the UK and elsewhere in the world. We produced transcriptions of many manuscripts, wrote critical essays, and gathered numerous images of historical artifacts. Now we’re organizing all this data in order to ensure that it uniformly meets international library standards and can be preserved and sustained long into the future.
  • Website migration. Libraries preserve books. Digital libraries like the UCLA Digital Library — the future home of Livingstone Online — preserve digital projects. We’re in the process of migrating Livingstone Online to Islandora, the platform that UCLA uses for all its digital holdings.
Stephen McCann speaks to Livingstone Online team members about plans for digitizing the David Livingstone Centre manuscripts at the University of Glasgow, October 2013.
Stephen McCann speaks to Livingstone Online team members about plans for digitizing the David Livingstone Centre manuscripts at the University of Glasgow, October 2013.

Our next blog post will cover the remaining five activities in LEAP’s Top Ten….

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