Meanwhile another federally funded project based at the Rutgers University Libraries, the
Moving Images Collections (MIC), was making good progress. Yet an important need had been
identified that called out for a solution.
MIC was developed through a $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, received
in 2002. Project co-investigators at the Rutgers University Libraries, Georgia Institute
of Technology and the University of Washington collaborated to build the first
comprehensive online catalog of film, television and digital video images. Grace Agnew,
Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems at Rutgers University Libraries
was the principal investigator for the NSF grant and the MIC architect.
MIC currently contains more than 300,000 records from organizations such as the Library of
Congress, the Peabody Collection at the University of Georgia, National Geographic
Television, CNN and more. MIC has been very successful in its primary role to share
information about the nation's moving image heritage. Since its launch in October 2004,
MIC has been visited more than 6 million times, averaging 686 visitors each day, for a
total of almost one million visitors since 2004. MIC is now in the process of
transitioning to become a permanent service of the Library of Congress.
The MIC co-sponsoring organizations--the Library of Congress and the Association of Moving
Image Archivists, identified as a next step the active collaboration among the nation's
archives, libraries and museums, to collect data about the condition and lifecycle of
their moving image collections and to share this information with each other in a MIC
digital collaboration space. The Library of Congress' project manager for MIC, Jane
Johnson, a visiting scholar at the Rutgers University Libraries, assessed the Workflow
Management System and felt that, with some customization, the Rutgers' system could
address the community's needs for a dynamic and efficient information, management and
collaboration tool for moving image preservation.
The Library of Congress recognized the merits of the Workflow Management System as a "next
generation" information management tool and granted the Libraries $145,000 to tailor the
Workflow Management System for MIC.
The Workflow Management System has enabled the Libraries to make other contributions to
the fields of inquiry, scholarship, and intellectual growth outside Rutgers as well. The
Libraries will be moving the Workflow Management System into the open source software
community to benefit other libraries and digital consortia. In summer 2007 the Libraries
will share the Workflow Management System with the libraries at Northwestern University,
Penn State and Princeton University, who will collaborate in its further development and
release as an open source product in a library cyberinfrastructure consortium led by
Rutgers University Libraries.
In addition, Virginia Tech is seriously considering joining the consortium as it seeks to
build a digital repository for its campus and users. The Rutgers University Libraries will
be assisting Virginia Tech in opening a digital memorial collection to the tragedy that
occurred on that campus last spring, by sharing its Workflow Management System and its
"dynamic collection" capability. The Rutgers University Libraries will enable the Virginia
Tech Library to build a full repository from community members submissions.
The Workflow Management System is a component of RUcore, the Libraries robust collection
and service cyberinfrastructure that also includes the Fedora repository and a dynamic
collections facility. RUcore's capability to host a 'dynamic collection' provides the
appearance that the collection is hosted on an outside group's website, while the searches
and retrieving of resources take place through the RUcore repository. The intent behind
dynamic collections is that content ownership, organization and look and feel belong to
the 'local' division, department, or office, while preservation, management and dynamic
updating are handled by RUcore.