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Special Collections & University Archives

ePADD Project

Project overview

Special Collections has received a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to develop a software program to process email archives and make them discoverable. The two-year project started on July 1, 2013 and will conclude on June 30, 2015. 

The end goal is to produce an open-source tool that will allow repositories and individuals to interact with email archives before and after they have been transferred to a repository. It will consist of four modules, each based on a different functional activity: Processing (arrangement and description), Appraisal (collection development), Discovery (online via the web), and Delivery (access). 

Useful links

Beta site for ePADD: Discovery Module - for online discovery of processed email archives

ePADD functional requirements - final draft for initial development phase

ePADD: Plan of Work - plan of work for grant project (revised Aug. 2013)

Revive precious Memories USing Email (MUSE) - original program designed by Sudheendra Hangal

Apache OpenNLP  library - a machine learning based toolkit for the processing of natural language text

Grant Collaborators

Donald Mennerich, New York University Libraries

Susan Thomas, Bodleian Library, Oxford University

Riccardo Ferrante & Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig, Smithsonian Institution Archives

Terry Catapano, Stephen Davis, & Dina Sokolova, Columbia University

Advisory Group

Jeremy Leighton John, Curator of eMANUSCRIPTS, The British Library

Monica Lam, Professor, Computer Science Department, Stanford University 

Phillip R. Malone, Professor of Law & Director, Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic, Stanford University 

Pam Maples, Innovation Director, John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, Stanford University 

Meg McAleer, Senior Archives Specialist, Manuscripts, Library of Congress 

Chris Prom, Assistant University Archivist &Associate Professor of Library Administration University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

Ben Shneiderman, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland

Jeff Ubois, Program Officer, MacArthur Foundation

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Vihari Piratla
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Amuse Labs Pvt. Ltd.