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TICFIA Project   printer-friendly-version
Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A090003
Grant Period: 10/01/2009 - 09/30/2012
World Area: Latin America
Funding:
2009:  $220,000
2010:  $110,000
Total:  $330,000
Institution: Florida International University
Project Director: Cristina Eguizabal
11200 SW 8th Street
MARC 430
Miami, Florida 33199
Tel: 3053482894
Fax: 3053483593
Email: cristina.eguizabal@fiu.edu
 
Abstract:
In order to preserve and increase access to valuable resources for the study of the Caribbean and the advancement of Caribbean Studies, the Latin American and Caribbean Center at Florida International University and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, in consortium with the libraries at Florida International University, the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and the University of the Virgin Islands, propose a multifaceted, collaborative international digital newspaper library. The Caribbean Newspaper Digital Library (CNDL) will cross borders and build collaboration among diverse institutions to share resources in a common space, expanding the range of Caribbean materials available to scholars, students and citizens.

This digital library will comprise newspapers that examine similarities and differences in histories, cultures, languages and governments. Caribbean newspapers cover the news of the day—economic, political, cultural, and environmental. CNDL will be an umbrella for regional newspaper digitization, including literary news journals, traditional newspapers, government gazettes, and other works in newsprint whether held in isolation at a single institution or in incomplete runs across multiple institutions. CNDL’s primary output will be a critical mass of currently endangered resources, largely unavailable to American researchers.

Building upon the success of a cooperative pilot project and progress made over the course of planning CNDL meetings, this project proposes to meet the following goals:

* Increase access to and preserve Caribbean newspapers of note in English, French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamento by digitizing, archiving and making them searchable through a centralized interface;

* Digitize complete runs of individual Caribbean newspaper titles, whenever possible, to unite fragmented collections and to present the most complete history;

* Build capacity for newspaper preservation and access in the Caribbean region by developing a multi-layered, comprehensive digital preservation and metadata creation training program with guidelines for negotiating Internet distribution permissions from targeted publishers;

* Cultivate new research initiatives among Caribbean scholars by providing increased access through full text searching and article-level indexing;

* Create tools to assist with overall newspaper digitization and create software to assist with newspaper segmentation, both manually and automatically, into the individual article level. Several suitable titles will be initially chosen for a pilot;

* Ensure sustainability of the CNDL by consolidating existing organizational and technical frameworks established by Digital Library of the Caribbean and assist local partners in incorporating newspaper digitization into national public policy agendas, and support for secondary grant-writing and other fundraising activities.
 
Languages: Countries:
Dutch (Flemish)
English
French
Haitian Creole
Jamaican Creole (Jamaican Krio)
Spanish
Aruba
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
British Virgin Islands
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dominican Republic
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Martinique
Mexico
Netherlands Antilles
Nicaragua
Panama
Puerto Rico
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
United States of America
Virgin Islands
 
Disciplines: Subjects:
Agriculture
Anthropology
Area studies
Ecology/natural resources
Economics
Ethnic studies
Foreign languages and literature
Geography
Global/international relations and studies
History
Interdisciplinary studies
International business
International/area studies
Journalism
Law
Liberal arts/general studies
Linguistics
Literature
Political science
Religious studies
Sociology
Tourism
Women's studies
Area Studies
Collaboration
Dissemination
Dissertation Research
Distance Learning
Foreign Language Across the Curriculum
Foreign Language Programs (Domestic)
Instructional Materials
K-12 Opportunities
K-12 Teacher Education
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
Overseas Opportunities
Research
Thematic Programs
Undergraduate Education
Underrepresented Groups
 
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