NDSR 2016 Symposium Summary

“Digital Frenemies: Closing the Gap in Born-Digital and Made-Digital Curation”

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The 2015-2016 Washington, D.C. cohort of National Digital Stewardship Residency presented a symposium entitled “Digital Frenemies: Closing the Gap in Born-Digital and Made-Digital Curation” at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on Thursday, May 5th, 2016. The symposium assembled speakers from cultural heritage and academic institutions to address the relationship between digitized and born-digital material. The significant divide in the work of digital preservation between these two designations of digital objects was explored through guest speaker presentations on topics such as preserving complex software and game technologies through emulation, creating cultural digital collections through mobile public library labs, collecting and curating data and much more. The symposium was hosted at the National Library of Medicine and refreshments were provided by the D.C. Public Library Foundation. NDSR is an initiative funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and managed by the Library of Congress. An overview of the symposium, slides, and summary can be found here. NDSR Resident, Nicole Contaxis, created a spotify to summarize social media discussion regarding the day’s events here: https://storify.com/ncontaxis/ndsr-symposium-2016.

The agenda and slides:

8:30 – 9:30 Registration

9:30 – 10:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks, George Coulbourne, Library of Congress and Betsy L. Humphreys, National Library of Medicine

George Coulbourne is Chief, Internships and Fellowships, in the office of National and International Outreach, at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Coulbourne was a co-founder of the pilot NDSR program in Washington, DC and currently leads the third iteration of the Library of Congress/IMLS National Digital Stewardship Residency Program and serves as a NDSR advisory board member for the American Association of Public Broadcasting and the newly awarded NDSR Philadelphia Museum of Art and ARLIS North America NDSR programs. He was co-founder of the Library’s nationwide Digital Preservation Education and Outreach initiative and serves as the agency lead for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Internship Program.

As deputy director of NLM, Betsy L. Humphreys shares responsibility with the director for overall program development, program evaluation, policy formulation, direction, and coordination of all Library activities. Ms. Humphreys also coordinates the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) project, which produces knowledge sources to support advanced retrieval and integration of information from disparate electronic information sources, and NLM’s activities related to health data standards. She contributes to the development of NIH and HHS policy on a range of matters, including health information technology, public access to research results, clinical trial registration and results reporting.

10:00-10:50 “The Walking Dead,” Jason Scott, Internet Archive/Archive Team

Click to download and open slides from Jason Scott’s “The Walking Dead”
Audio Recording available for download here

Currently, Jason Scott is the curator of the Software collection at the Internet Archive. In 2009, Jason Scott formed the Archive Team, now coined as a “loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage.”  Leading the Archive Team, Scott provides technical expertise as the creator of emulation software JSMESS. Scott is also a filmmaker, historian, and a celebrated force of unyielding digital archiving outreach and advocacy

10:50-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00  National Digital Stewardship Resident Lightning Rounds: Jessica Tieman (GPO), Nicole Contaxis (NLM), John Caldwell (U.S. Senate Historical Office) Valerie Collins (American Institute of Architects), Jaime Mears (DC Public Library)

Click to download and open slides from the NDSR Resident Cohort Presentations
Audio Recording available for download here

Jessica Tieman, U.S. Government Publishing Office

Jessica conducted an internal audit to prepare GPO for external ISO 16363 certification of GPO’s Federal Digital System as a Trustworthy Digital Repository.

Nicole Contaxis, National Library of Medicine

Nicole created a pilot workflow for the curation, preservation, and presentation of a historically valuable software product, developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), which is deemed to be historically noteworthy due to its usage by a user community and/or its distinctive technical properties that are at risk of being lost due to obsolescence.

John Caldwell, U.S. Senate Historical Office

John studied and assessed current Senate workflows in appraisal, management, ingest, description and transfer of Senate committee digital assets into the Congressional Records Instance of the National Archives’ Electronic Records Archive, and Senators’ digital assets into academic and institutional repositories, benchmarking current policies against best practices.

Valerie Collins, American Institute of Architects

Valerie co-led testing and implementation of an institutional digital repository system at the American Institute of Architects to preserve the AIA’s born-digital records that represent its intellectual capital and/or have permanent value for the history of the architectural profession.

Jaime Mears, District of Columbia Public Library

Jamie created a sustainable, public-focused lab, tools, and instruction for building public knowledge and skills around the complex and paralyzing problems of personal digital recordkeeping.

12:00-1:15 Lunch on Own

1:15-2:05 “The Rise of Data Publishing in the Digital World  (and how Dataverse and DataTags help)”, Mercè Crosas, Chief Data Science and Technology Officer, IQSS at Harvard University

Click to download and open slides from Dr. Mercè Crosas’ “The Rise of Data Publishing in the Digital World  (and how Dataverse and DataTags help)”
Audio Recording available for download here
Transcripts (For both Crosas and Catchpole)

Dr. Mercè Crosas is the Chief Data Science and Technology Officer at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) at Harvard University. She has more than 10 years of experience leading the Dataverse project, an open-source repository framework for sharing and archiving research data, and more than 15 years of experience building data management and analysis systems in industry and academia. She is part of numerous committees and collaborations focus on research data management, as well as on data standards and research best practices. More recently, together with Dr. Sweeney, she leads the DataTags project for sharing sensitive data. Crosas holds a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and a B.S. in Physics. More at http://mercecrosas.com.

2:10-3:00 “Breaking Down Barriers: Creating a Mobile Digitization Service,” Caroline Catchpole, Culture in Transit

Click to download and open slides from Caroline Catchpole’s “Breaking Down Barriers: Creating a Mobile Digitization Service”
Audio Recording available for download here
Transcripts (For both Crosas and Catchpole)

Caroline Catchpole is the METRO Mobile Digitization Specialist for Culture in Transit, a project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The project aims to bring mobile scanning equipment to smaller libraries, archives, museums, and the communities they serve. The outreach-centered digitization model aims to democratize and diversify NYC’s historical record. Before joining METRO, she served as Archivist in a major project at the Natural History Museum in London, to digitize the correspondence and assorted manuscripts of nineteenth century naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace and place the digitized content online. Caroline has worked in the archives and library sector for 10 years with a special focus on the digitization of cultural heritage material and increasing access to archives since 2009.

3:00-3:20 Break

3:20-4:00 Panel: All Presenters, Moderator: Julia Kim, ’15 NY NDSR & Folklife Specialist (Digital Assets Management) at Library of Congress

Audio Recording available for download here

4:15 Adjourn

Questions? Suggestions? Please contact the 2015-16 DC Residents at ndsr2016@gmail.com

The National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR), http://digitalpreservation.gov/ndsr/, is an initiative of the Library of Congress and Institute of Museum and Library Services.  It “provide(s) a robust, hands-on learning experience to complement graduate-level training and education.  The 2015-2016 cohort began their residencies throughout host institutions in Washington, D.C. area libraries, federal agencies, and professional organizations in June 2015. These five residents are embedded in institutions around the area, each completing a project related to an aspect of digital preservation and stewardship.  The NDSR program aims to “serve the American people by developing the next generation of stewards to collect, manage, preserve, and make accessible our digital assets.”

NLM serves as a host institution for the National Digital Stewardship Residency, and since June has worked with Resident Nicole Contaxis to create a pilot workflow for the curation, preservation, and presentation of a historically valuable software products developed by the National Library of Medicine which are deemed to be historically noteworthy due to usage by a user community and distinctive technical properties featured in The Signal, available from http://blogs.loc.gov/digitalpreservation/2016/01/inventorying-software-developed-at-the-national-library-of-medicine-an-ndsr-project-update/


    1. Hello Catherine! Unfortunately, we will not be able to do any recordings nor provide access to the symposium virtually. We will make full effort to publicly make available any slides from presentations and we will also make notes taken during the symposium and a summary online, as well.


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