The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC): Creating a Shared Research Foundation
Keywords:Digital libraries, digital humanities, scholarly cyberinfrastructure, Digital Library of the Caribbean, dLOC, scholarly communications, peer review
This article explains the history and development of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) as a research foundation for reading, writing, and researching the Caribbean and thus as part of the scholarly cyberinfrastructure for Caribbean Studies. As a research foundation, dLOC includes technical, social, governmental, and procedural supports including open source tools, executive and scholarly advisory boards for governance, permissions-based rights model to support intellectual property as well as cultural and moral rights, and a core support team. As a research foundation, dLOC supports new forms of research as well as new ways of reading and writing Caribbean Studies.