Discover Yale Digital Content

April 27, 2011

Today we are pleased to formally announce the launch of Discover Yale Digital Content. From the site, users can search 1,500,000 digital assets from the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale Peabody Museum, the Lewis Walpole Library Print and Drawings, and the Yale University Library Map Collection, as well as iTunes podcasts produced by the Office of Digital Dissemination.

The site is powered by ODAI’s Cross Collection Discovery (CCD) service. CCD provides a way to virtually unite the collections of the University and allow discovery of related content held by different campus units. CCD supports broader dissemination of Yale's intellectual and cultural assets to the Yale community and the world. The content searchable from the site will grow as additional University departments make use of the service.

CCD is built on top of open source tools, platforms, and standards, including Apache Solr, VuFind, OAICat, OAI-PMH, CDWA-Lite, Darwin Core, Dublin Core, and MARCXML. Programmatic access to metadata is available to campus developers via standard APIs and to the general public via OAI-PMH. Contact for more information.

The first phase of CCD has focused on developing and implementing an architecture for metadata aggregation and dissemination. Future work will address developing CCD as a platform for the Yale community to engage with each other around Yale's collections. An important part of this effort will be assessing the service and identifying how to make it more usable and useful for teaching, learning, research, and dissemination.

CCD is part of the Yale Digital Commons (YDC), a collaborative framework for developing services to support the lifecycle management and use of Yale's digital assets. Development and implementation of the service would not have been possible without the significant contributions of YDC partners.