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January 21, 2011 -- If you are in the Washington, DC area on Wednesday, January 26, please join us for a short demonstration of a new digital tool, Recollection. National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program staff member Trevor Owens will demonstrate how anyone can use this free Library of Congress-sponsored software to create novel and intuitive interfaces for digital collections.


Recollection is a free open source platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow scholars, librarians and curators to explore digital collections in novel and intuitive ways. Content stewards start by ingesting collections from spreadsheets, sets of MODS records, or RSS and Atom feeds. They then generate a range of interactive visualizations, including charts and maps, as well as sophisticated faceted browsing interfaces for users of their digital collections. Ultimately they can simply copy-paste to embed visualizations and interfaces anywhere on the Web.

Key Event information:

  • Recollection: Easily Create Dynamic Interfaces to Digital Collections.
  • When: Noon, Wednesday January 26, 2011
  • Where: National Digital Library Learning Center
  • Contact: 202-707-7217 or trow at

ZepheiraRecollection is under active development by NDIIPP partner, Zepheira, LLC (external link). If you are interested in participating in the Recollection beta please contact NDIIPPaccess at and we can create an account for you.