Collections as Data Workshop

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Collections as Data is an Institute of Museum and Library Services supported effort that aims to foster a strategic approach to developing, describing, providing access to, and encouraging reuse of collections that support computationally-driven research and teaching in areas including but not limited to Digital Humanities, Public History, Digital History, data driven Journalism, Digital Social Science, and Digital Art History.

The Collections as Data effort has hosted an international forum, facilitated collections as data conversations and has three planned engagements on the books for 2017 – Society of American Archivists, Digital Humanities, and Digital Library Federation. The project has plans to engage a mix of three additional disciplinary and professional communities in 2018. These activities are meant to identify challenges cultural heritage institutions face as they work to develop collections amenable to computational use. These activities are also meant to support the development of a range of paths that can be taken to local collections as data implementation.

In this two hour workshop, the Collections as Data project team will work with members of the DLF community to explore approaches that support collections as data implementation based on work completed to date and workshop attendee experiences.  

Part 1: Unpacking The Santa Barbara Statement on Collections as Data in light of DLF 2017
To begin the conversation, the Collections as Data team will walk through the The Santa Barbara Statement and open up a dialog with participants. We are particularly interested in inviting participants to help develop concrete actions that correspond to high level statement principles that can be taken up by a range of communities and applied in local environments.  

Part 2: Collections as Data Use Case Development
We will provide brief reports from workshops held at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Digital Humanities, and various smaller local events. The project team will share multiple collections as data use cases. Given time, workshop attendees may develop their own collections as data use cases.

Part 3: Repository+ Futures
In this section of the workshop we will explore possible futures for digital collections that have been inspired by engagement with software developers from the open science, open source, and open data communities. We are particularly interested in exploring challenges and opportunities of imagining approaches across repository-centered and post-repository environments.

Date & Time: 25 October, 1pm-3pm

Registration: $15. Enroll during or after registering for the DLF Forum or DigiPres.


Questions? Get in touch with Stewart Varner.



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