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PW-264144-19

University of Texas, Austin (Austin, TX 78712-0100)
T. Aaron Choate (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) to the 21st Century Implementation Initiative

Upgrades to the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) database, which contains approximately 13,000 finding aids from cultural heritage institutions large and small across the state.  Improvements to the TARO portal include updating the web site interface, upgrading the underlying infrastructure, and working towards standardizing descriptive metadata such as geographic names and subject headings.

The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) consortium, based at The University of Texas at Austin Libraries, seeks $348,359 in funding (with matching funds of $317,457) to address our researchers’ need for improved access to TARO’s holdings. TARO is a free platform for searching finding aids for primary source documents preserved by repositories across Texas. While the site is widely known by researchers and receives millions of page views per year, its appearance and underlying infrastructure have remained static since its debut. The three-year collaborative project will implement improvements to the site’s appearance and functionality; test encoding standards updated to next-generation EAD3; work towards standardizing existing geographic names and subject headings; and provide training to TARO members. NEH grant funds will support salaries and benefits for an applications developer and metadata librarian, as well as improvements to the site’s design.

Project fields:
U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$348,359 (approved)
$348,359 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 4/30/2022