ePADD - NHPRC Innovation Grant underway

October 23, 2013
Glynn Edwards
DRAFT of wire frame for ePADD program.

SUL’s Special Collections received an Innovation Grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to develop a software program (ePADD) for processing and making email archives discoverable. The end goal is to produce an open-source tool that will allow repositories and individuals to interact with email archives before and after they have been transferred to a repository. It would consist of four modules, each based on a different functional activity: Processing (arrangement and description), Appraisal (collection development), Discovery (online via the web), and Delivery (access).  

The project website was launched in August 2013 and lists: project goals, work plan, team, and collaborators. A twitter feed for the project was just launched although project updates and news will primarily be posted iSpecial Collections Unbound.  

The late summer and early fall were spent in planning and preparation efforts:  

  • setting up contracts with our programming team – notably Ixora Technology[LINK]; 

  • drafting wire frames for the first module in development - Appraisal; 

  • and final reviews of the functional requirements.  

Our in-house team - Peter Chan, Glynn Edwards, and Daniel Hartwig met with other Stanford staff to review early wire frame drafts for the Appraisal UI. Chief among these were archivists from both SLAC and Hoover. Peter and I held our kick-off meeting with Chaiyasit Manovit and Sudheendra Hangal in late September to discuss timelines, wire frames, and goals of the project. Programming effort for the Appraisal module started on October 15. We expect to complete the first iteration by January 15, 2014  

Daniel Hartwig (SUL) and Laura O'Hara (SLAC) have agreed to take on the User Documentation throughout the project.