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Create an HTRC Data Capsule from the HTRC website.

About the HTRC Data Capsule

The HTRC Data Capsule gives a researcher or educator a secure, virtual computer (called a "capsule") for a limited time for analytical access to the digitized public works of the HathiTrust Digital Library. Because the HTRC Data Capsule gives researchers and educators the ability to carry out analytics that is non-consumptive**, and eventually over the full 14,000,000+ volumes in the HathiTrust Digital Library, a researcher's capsule has restrictions on its use, particularly in limiting how and when the products created by analysis tools leave the capsule.  Data products leaving a data capsule must undergo results review prior to release to ensure they meet the HTRC's policy for non-consumptive data exports

The HTRC Data Capsule currently enables access to the works in HT that are in the public domain. Preliminary access through the capsules to digitized works in-copyright is anticipated in early 2017.  

The HTRC Data Capsule system was prototyped through funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (2011-2015). See here for final report: Final report.  Extension of the HTRC Data Capsule project to larger compute resources and better integration with the HTRC worksets was recently funded by a grant from the Andrew T. Mellon Foundation (2016-2018).  

** From the 2010 Authors Guild vs Google amended settlement agreement: "Non-Consumptive Research" means research in which computational analysis is performed on one or more Books, but not research in which a researcher reads or displays substantial portions of a Book to understand the intellectual content presented within the Book.”  Non-consumptive analytics includes image analysis, text extraction, textual analysis and information extraction, linguistic analysis, automated translation, and indexing and search.  

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Availability

The HTRC Data Capsule system is available via the HTRC Portal as part of HTRC v3.0 released in beta version 16 January 2015 at https://analytics.hathitrust.org/

References

Kevin Borders, Eric Vander Weele, Billy Lau, and Atul Prakash, Protecting Confidential Data on Personal Computers with Storage Capsules. Proceedings of the 18th USENIX Security Symposium, Aug. 2009. 

Zeng, J., Ruan, G., Crowell, A., Prakash, A., & Plale, B. (2014, June). Cloud Computing Data Capsules for Non-Consumptive Use of Texts. In Proceedings of the 5th ACM workshop on Scientific cloud computing (pp. 9-16). ACM.

Plale, Beth; Prakash, Atul; McDonald, Robert (2015). The Data Capsule for Non-Consumptive Research: Final Report. Available from http://hdl.handle.net/2022/19277 

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