What we've used to build our Indigenous Digital Archive use case, providing effective access to mass digitized historic government records of the early government Indian boarding schools and Native rights to land and water, is a set of tools that work with each other, the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), and the Open Annotation standard to improve access through computer generated tags (through OCR and Natural Language Processing) and community sourced tags and annotations.

The Indigenous Digital Archive toolkit is opensource and available to anyone who would like to use part of all for their own online offerings.

This post provides links to check out the technology.


  • a demo of a software tool the Indigenous Digital Archive team developed along the way, a Natural Language Processing tool that we use on our OCR results of the typescript archives. It finds place names, dates, names of people, and we also fed it a list of names of tribes. It uses these to index the documents for the discovery interface. There's more about it in Digirati's blog post.

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