Supporting the spectrum of scholarship in DigitalHub

Galter Health Sciences Library is at the forefront of building and implementing technical systems that enable the Northwestern Medicine community to build, curate, acquire, and preserve a diverse range of scholarly outputs. DigitalHub preserves intellectual works, enhances the visibility of Northwestern Medicine scholarship, and promotes its authors by enabling discovery and accessibility of these works by the international scientific community. DigitalHub was envisioned specifically to support and promote the diverse range of scholarly products created during the research process. Submissions of traditional works, such as research papers, and non-traditional outputs, such as white papers, case reports, technical reports, survey instruments, educational materials, protocols and other research documents are encouraged. With DigitalHub, Northwestern Medicine gains the ability to promote a spectrum of attractive, functional, and citable scholarly outputs, digital collections and exhibits. DigitalHub meets the following core needs: • Positioned to best take advantage of emergent semantic capabilities of linked open data, as well as hierarchical and structured metadata schema. • Provides usable access to diverse file formats (objects, images) and types (born-digital, digitally reformatted), as well as accompanying metadata. • Displays materials in accordance with their types and curatorial requirements (e.g., using IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) server and OpenSeadragon image viewer for high resolution zoomable images). • Exposes items via harvesting and APIs. • Enables curators to create collections and exhibits. • Provides adjustable access levels, allowing materials to be made openly available or restricted to Northwestern community through granular permissions at the item and collection level. • Has well-communicated policies for acquisition, preservation, retention, lifecycle management, and rights assessment. • Provides unique identifiers to each scholarly work by automatic assignment of DOI.