Government Contract | District of Columbia
Humans in the Loop: Accelerating access and discovery for digital collections

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 72029852-005

Bid Title: Humans in the Loop: Accelerating access and discovery for digital collections

Agency Bid No. Title: 030ADV20Q0284

Received Date: 08/06/2020

Close Date: 08/07/2020

Delivery Point: 101 Independence Ave SE LA 325 Washington DC 20540


The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. These materials are made available through various library interfaces for searching and browsing so that patrons may view (or listen to) items from the collection. Over the past few years, the Digital Innovation Labs Section (Labs) of the Digital Strategy Division has undertaken a range of programs aimed at maximizing the use of digital collections and supporting emerging research methods. This work encompasses machine learning and crowdsourcing prototypes, proof-of-concept experiments, and reports with accompanying recommendations to explore the opportunities and challenges of operationalizing emerging technologies at scale. Through various experiments, reports and events, Labs has been committed to exploring methods and approaches that responsibly integrate people and machines. User feedback, transparent and open knowledge sharing, iteration, and combining human expertise with automated methods is a central part of Labs experimental process. Now, the Library of Congress seeks to build on these initial experiments to further examine models that expand access to digital collections by combining digitally-enabled human participation with computational methods, otherwise known as human-in-the-loop approaches.

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State: District of Columbia

Agency Type: Federal

Contact: Jennifer Zwahlen, Phone 2027070925, Email, Moji Adejuwon, Phone 2027070400, Email



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