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E-Research Roundtable - Digital Collection Contexts: Intellectual and Organizational Functions at Scale

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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Event Details

Session leaders: Carole L. Palmer, Karen Wickett, and Megan Senseney
Description: Recent trends in interoperable content and open data have raised a set of issues arising from the representation of context and complex digital objects.  CIRSS, together with collaborators from the Europeana Foundation and the University of Texas at Austin, organized a full-day workshop held at the March 2014 iConference annual meeting to raise the level of discourse and cooperation around these issues and provide iSchools the opportunity to build a community based on strengths and expertise in this important research area.  

Sessions were led by European and North American experts from iSchools and projects developing large-scale digital cultural heritage collections.

    Conceptual Foundations of Digital Collections
        • Carole L. Palmer and Karen Wickett (CIRSS, University of Illinois)
        • Hur-li Lee (School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
        • Martin Doerr (Institute of Computer Science, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas)
        • Carlo Meghini (Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche).

    Practical Implications for Digital Collections
        • Antoine Isaac (Europeana Foundation)
        • Emily Gore and Amy Rudersdorf (Digital Public Library of America)
        • Sheila Anderson (Centre for e-Research, King’s College London)
        • Shenghui Wang (OCLC Research)
        • Mark Stevenson and Paul Clough (Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield)

Coming from a large-scale, aggregation perspective, the objectives of the workshop were to:
    • Broaden the conversation across an international community
    • Further the research and development agenda for digital aggregations
    • Relate conceptual advances to implementation goals
    • Identify realistic approaches for collection representation, contextualization, and interoperability at scale

This ERRT aims to discuss workshop outcomes and next steps for ongoing research and implementation with the GSLIS community.

Please visit for access to panelists' position papers, presentations, and notes from breakout session.

Prior to the workshop, the organizers also shared a white paper entitled "Modeling Cultural Collections for Digital Aggregation and Exchange Environments", which was developed by researchers from the Europeana Foundation and CIRSS. A public release of the paper is available at

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