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Tuesday, October 27 • 12:15pm - 1:20pm
Digital Collections as Data: Re-packaging, Re-mixing, and Sharing Collections for New Forms of Scholarship FULL

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Data analysis tools and techniques continue to evolve and become more common in humanities research. Methods range from word counts and term frequency visualization to more sophisticated processes such as topic modeling, named-entity recognition, and network analysis. Unfortunately, finding usable data can be challenging for researchers. Over the past two decades libraries have digitized, described, and provided online access to unique collections, yet these efforts don't always meet the needs of digital humanists and other computationally-inclined scholars. For example, interface development for text collections typically feature page turners rather than bulk download features and usually provide page images instead of plain text. Where bulk downloads are available, the data and metadata are often not formatted for common analytical techniques.

As a result, researchers who are not already skilled at manipulating data end up performing hours of tedious work to prepare data for analysis. And once that work is done, there isn't an easy way to share resulting data sets with other researchers. Additionally, for instructors who want to train students in digital methods, considerable data preparation can be a barrier to instruction. By providing simple methods of access to humanities data collections, libraries will be better positioned not only to support the research and pedagogical needs of both novice and advanced humanities data users but also to ensure continued use of library collections.

During this session participants will focus on gathering collection use cases, examples of approaches to collection repackaging and re-documentation, methods of dissemination (Github, Fedora, etc.), methods of evaluating re-use, and possibilities for collaborative Humanities data provision.

Presenters: Thomas Padilla (Michigan State University), Stewart Varner (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Laurie Allen (Haverford College), Patricia Hswe (Penn State University), Sarah Potvin (Texas A&M University), Elizabeth Russey Roke (Emory University), John Russell (University of Oregon)
Co-author: Zach Coble (New York University) 

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Laurie Allen

Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
University of Pennsylvania
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Patricia Hswe

Digital Content Strategist, Penn State University Libraries
In addition to my role as Digital Content Strategist, I lead user services for ScholarSphere, Penn State's repository service. I also co-direct the department of Publishing and Curation Services, a digital scholarship department launched in 2012 to provide a framework to help researchers put into practice a lifecycle management approach to the enterprise of scholarly inquiry. | | Talk with me about digital scholarship, digital humanities... Read More →
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Thomas Padilla

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Michigan State University
Thomas Padilla is Digital Scholarship Librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. In this role Thomas develops and promotes data collections to Humanists, teaches on Digital Humanities methods and tools, and engages scholars across disciplines on data curation and research data management needs. Prior to his move to Michigan he was at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign working at the Scholarly Commons and the Preservation Unit... Read More →
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Sarah Potvin

Digital Scholarship Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Sarah Potvin is the Digital Scholarship Librarian in the Office of Scholarly Communication in the Texas A&M University Libraries. A co-founder of the dh+lib project and co-convener of the new ADHO digital humanities and libraries SIG, she is interested in the ways that libraries and librarians encounter and advance digital humanities. This year, she is particularly interested in talking about digital asset management systems, geospatial... Read More →

Elizabeth Russey Roke

Digital Archivist, Emory University
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John Russell

Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Oregon
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Stewart Varner

Managing Director, Price Lab for Digital Huamanities, University of Pennsylvania
UNC Chapell Hill Libraries

Tuesday October 27, 2015 12:15pm - 1:20pm
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