The Iowa City UNESCO City of literature digital library.
DOI: 10.1145/1998076.1998194 Conference: Proceedings of the 2011 Joint International Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2011, Ottawa, ON, Canada, June 13-17, 2011
Iowa City is one of only four designated Cities of Literature worldwide by UNESCO. To highlight the city's rich local literary history, a University of Iowa interdisciplinary research team de-veloped a digital library featuring Iowa City authors and locations. The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature "City of Lit" digital library consists of a mobile application for the general public and a web-based information system for researcher/content creators.
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ABSTRACT: In conjunction with Iowa City's designation as a UNESCO "City of Literature," an interdisciplinary research team at The University of Iowa collaborated to develop a digital library featuring important Iowa City authors and locations. The "City of Lit" digital library consists of a mobile application for the general public and a set of web-based interfaces for researchers and content creators. This paper explains the motivation and describes the design and implementation of the digital library, its framework, the user-side mobile app and our future plans. We also outline a pilot study, in which undergraduate students conducted scholarly research and created content for the digital collection.
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