Participating librarians and scholars provide information here about collections, archives and data sets of interest to area and international studies (AIS) research, propose preservation of those collections and the creation of new digital resources from data sets, and vote on the merits of those proposals. Community input provided here informs and guides the building of new AIS resources.
After a successful pilot during the summer of 2017, the University of San Diego (USD) - Copley Library will digitize the case backlog on the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 destruction schedule. Cases go as far back as the 1990s before there was a Comisión Estatal de los Derechos Humanos de Baja California (CEDH). These cases hold information on the types of abuses that were filed during that time along the Baja California/California border. The data in these cases, many of which were terminated, closed or dismissed before full investigations were completed, will provide a snapshot of the region for border scholars and historians alike. The goal of this project is to eventually make all of these older cases available for research and data mining online via DigitalUSD, USD...
The Princeton University Library (PUL) sought support from the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP) for digitizing an extensive hidden collection of ephemeral materials from Latin America. The proposed 3-year pilot project is an essential step in the larger process of making the digitally reformatted ephemera freely and globally available through a discovery interface which will include faceted searching and browsing. Outcomes of the 3-year project are approximately 12,800 digital objects with accompanying item-level descriptive metadata, deployment of a scalable, sustainable and replicable model for timely online disclosure of similar collections with a robust...
The Latin American Collections at the University of New Mexico (UNM), in partnership with the Fideicomiso Archivo Plutarco Elías Calles and Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT), request $15,000 to support the first year of an expansion (Phase II) of an international bilingual digitization/open access and discovery project which makes physical documents held at the FAPECFT available in a publically accessible platform. These documents are also discoverable in Spanish and English through any public search engine.
If awarded, LARRP funding will enable the first annual acquisition of 52,000 (toward a total of 156,000) digitized surrogates with Spanish metadata. That information will be enhanced with English language descriptions and uploaded into an openly accessible UNM platform,...
The project will digitize and describe 25 boxes, comprising approximately 27,000 pages, from the Fondo Real de Cholula, a one-of-a-kind collection of documents providing insight into how indigenous residents of Cholula navigated colonial judicial structures over the span of four centuries. The project partners with the Archivo Judicial del Estado de Puebla, and employs three local historians to digitize and describe the collection. Logistical and technical support, as well as long-term preservation and access infrastructure, will be provided by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections (LLILAS Benson), in collaboration with the University of Texas Libraries (UT Libraries).
Proposal to convert and upgrade the digital collection of Mexican and Argentine presidential speeches from the 19th century orginially scanned by the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP).
In 2000, LARRP converted over 75,000 frames of microfilmed Spanish-language government documents to digital format. The material was originally microfilmed by the Library of Congress (Argentina) and LAMP (Mexico) on LARRP's behalf. The converted materials were hosted by LANIC at the University of Texas at Austin as GIF files, with larger TIFF files available for downloading.
We propose to harvest the TIFF images from LANIC/Texas (with permission) and to re-process the files to capture full text (OCR) and related metadata.
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