LUX Overview

CHIT Projects at a glance

  • LUX: Yale Collections Discovery 

  • Content Delivery Service (CDS2)

  • Mellon-funded Metadata reconciliation and harmonization project

  • CHIT Bias Awareness and Responsibility Committee

The Cultural Heritage IT (CHIT) Collaboration formed in 2018 as part of the University’s new Cultural Heritage Pillar to foster and support cross collections discovery and integrations across Yale’s museum and library collections.  Following in part on work begun by the former Office of Digital Assets & Infrastructure, the CHIT collaboration is built on a support model that includes in-kind contributions from the museums and libraries, and financial and technical contributions from ITS.   The Cultural Heritage Pillar is directed by Susan Gibbons, and financials are tracked by the Capital Projects Management Group (CPMG).

There are several projects underway at this time.  The primary project at this time is LUX: Yale Collections Discovery.   This new platform – currently under development – will provide a single discovery layer to help users to explore Yale’s rich cultural heritage collections.   The project is scheduled to go-live for testing in June 2022, with a public launch planned for spring of 2023.   LUX will also include records and images for digitized materials through the Content Delivery Service (museums) and the library’s Digital Collections platform.  The LUX project is coordinated by the Cross Collections Discovery (CCD) working group.   CCD meets in tandem with CHITA (Architecture), and together, the two teams  discuss recommendations and feedback from LUX project  subcommittees (UI/UX, Metadata, and Search & Discovery), the CHIT Rights working group and the CHIT Bias Awareness and Responsibility committee.

There is a second focus in the CHIT collaboration to deliver IIIF-enabled images at Yale.   The Content Delivery Service (CDS2) provides IIIF-enabled images and IIIF manifests for digitized materials in the museums and is the source for IIIF images and manifests from the museum collections.   The library’s new digital collections platform provides access to millions of IIIF-enabled images and manifests as well. 

The third component of the collaboration is a Mellon grant-funded initiative to harmonize and reconcile metadata across collections.  This three year grant started January 2020, and Robert Sanderson joined Yale on September 1, 2020 to lead this work.  This project will improve the data that feeds into LUX and local catalogs, provide a Linked Data Framework for Yale’s data, and it will allow Yale to contribute to Linked Open Data projects, such as Wikidata.   During the course of this grant period, we anticipate being able to leverage this harmonized metadata through LUX for enhanced cross-collections discovery. 

Finally, the collaboration has started the work to identify solutions to address bias and systemic racism in how Yale describes and presents its cultural heritage collections.  This is an opportunity to have open and transparent conversations through research, engagement and solutions.