Deep Backfile project page
In the Penn Libraries Deep Backfile project, dozens of people who work
at the Penn Libraries are researching copyrights of serials in our collection,
so we can identify ones that are in the public domain and can be shared
freely with the world. We're publishing our findings on the Web,
through web pages and JSON structured data files linked with Wikidata.
Project documentation and training materials
Copyright JSON files
Presentations and media coverage
- Engaging With the Public Domain: Scaling Up the Deep Backfile Project by John Mark Ockerbloom and Rachelle R. Nelson was presented at the 2020 Digital Library Federation Forum on November 9, 2020.
Slides and a transcript are now available, as is a presentation recording.
- "Copyright Free" by Louisa Shepard, Penn Today, November 12, 2020 is a description of the project, with illustrations, in an official University of Pennsylvania publication.
- Wikidata and the Penn Deep Backfile by John Mark Ockerbloom, Beth Picknally Camden, and Jim Hahn, was presented at the March 18, 2021 meeting of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Wikidata Pilot group. Slides are available, as well as a presentation recording and a meeting chat transcript.
- Opening Our Deep Backfiles: Identifying Open and Public Domain Serial Content in Library Collections by John Mark Ockerbloom and Rachelle R. Nelson was presented at the 2021 North Carolina Serials Conference on April 9, 2021.
Slides with a script for our talk are now available.
- Opening Access to Post-1926 Serials in Hathitrust by John Mark Ockerbloom, Kristina Hall, Jonah McAllister-Erickson, Nicolle Lynne Nicastro, and Scott Pope was a presentation and workshop at the 2022 HathiTrust Community Week on July 13, 2022. We have slides available, and may link to a recording later on.
Other resources used in the workshop include a
set of artwork renewals to proofread (link coming soon), a
Deep Backfile table for selected US serials in Hathitrust, and a Jamboard for brainstorming and discussing content to prioritize.
- Project leader: John Mark Ockerbloom
- Project manager: Rachelle Nelson
- Senior management support: Beth Picknally Camden, Joe Zucca, Emily Morton-Owens
- Alma query support: Andy Sarno
- Web style support: Leslie Vallhonrat
- Early testing and project work: Alison Miner
- Copyright research: Scott F Andrews,
- Wikidata coordination: Jim Hahn
- Wikidata editing:
- Online Books record creation assistance: Jie Li
Thank you all!
The Deep Backfile Project is an initiative of
the Penn Libraries
and The Online Books Page.
OBP copyrights and licenses.