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CIRSS Seminar - Toward sustainable platforms for digital humanities research: Challenges and opportunities for modeling cultural data collections

Friday, January 26, 2018
4pm - 5pm

126 IS

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Session leaders: Katrina Fenlon, iSchool Postdoctoral Research Associate
Description: Scholarship is producing increasingly diverse digital artifacts as researchers across disciplines seek to share new forms of evidence in new ways. In tandem, our digital cultural inheritance is growing and diversifying rapidly. These developments pose urgent and interrelated problems for libraries, archives, and museums, as institutions charged with stewarding our scholarly and cultural records. Underlying these challenges is a fundamental question: how can we most effectively represent different kinds of collections as flexible, sustainable platforms for research and learning by different communities? This talk describes a multimodal study of one kind of collection, the thematic research collection, as a model for understanding the evolution of digital scholarship at the intersection of humanities research and digital cultural heritage.

Katrina Fenlon is a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she recently completed her PhD in Library and Information Science. Her research focuses on the representation and use of digital collections in different contexts, ranging from organizational and descriptive problems in large digital libraries, to the use and sustainability of highly curated digital humanities and cultural collections.

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