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Videos of the presentations are available on the Library of Congress's YouTube channel.

Conference poster series by Oliver Baez Bendorf:
- High-resolution PDFs (three posters, zipped 226 MB)
- JPEGs (three posters, zipped, 13 MB)

Conference reports:
- Executive Summary (PDF)
- "On a Collections As Data Imperative," Thomas Padilla, Huamities Data Curator, University of California Santa Barbara (PDF)
- "Library of Congress Lab: Library of Congress Digital Scholars Lab Pilot Project Report," By Michelle Gallinger and Daniel Chudnov (PDF)

Hashtag: #AsData

The rise of accessible digital collections coupled with the development of tools for processing and analyzing data has enabled researchers to create new models of scholarship and inquiry. The National Digital Initiatives team invites leaders and experts from organizations that are collecting, preserving and providing researcher access to digital collections as data to share best practices and lessons learned. This event will also highlight new collaborative initiatives at the Library of Congress that seek to enhance researcher engagement and the use of digital collections as data.

9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • Opening Remarks, Jane McAuliffe, Library of Congress
  • "Data and Humans: A Love Story," Jer Thorp, The Office for Creative Research.
10:00-10:45 a.m. Collections as Data at the Library of Congress
10:45-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00-12:15 p.m. Working Collections as Data
  • "Text and/as Image: Expanding Possibilities for Description, Discovery, and Analysis in Digital Collections," Elizabeth Lorang, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • "Virtual Reunification of Dispersed Archival Photographs," Ricardo Punzalan, University of Maryland
  • "Unlock Your Data through People-Powered Research," Mark Bouslog, Zooniverse - Presentation
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch, on your own
1:30-2:45 p.m. Concerns for Data Scholarship
2:45-3:00 p.m.. Break
3:00-4:15 p.m. Developing Communities of Practice
  • "Building Capacities and Communities for Digital Scholarship: The 'Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine HathiTrust Digital Library Resources' Project," Harriett Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Presentation
  • "Synergies Among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture: An Integrated Research and Training Model," Trevor Muñoz, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
  • "Digital Archives, Datum Storytelling and the Future of Memory," Marisa Parham, Amherst College
4:15-5:00 p.m. "Collections as Data: Conditions of Possibility," Thomas Padilla, University of California Santa Barbara - Presentation and transcript
5:00-7:30 p.m. No-host social hour at Hawk and Dove, 329 Pennsylvania Ave SE (between 3rd and 4th Streets), Washington, DC 20003


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