Motivated by lack of context and misunderstandings between different disciplines.
Folkloric, informational, and artifactual
A tech company once told the Library of Congress, "Why don’t you just hoover it all up and shoot it into space?"
Preservationists need to be learning about consumer trends and research directions, such as Augmented Reality, blockchain, DNA storage, voice-activated technologies, climate change.
What can ordinary digital curators contribute given the impact of the Department of Defense and Silicon Valley? Example: applying facial recognition to historical photos.
The web as collection, from PDFs to audio files to websites.
3% of a tweet is the text content; the rest is metadata explaining how it connects to the rest of the network.
Sometimes you end up supporting a heritage institution with a staff of .5!
This teleconference is a project of the University of Maine's Digital Curation program. For more information, contact ude.eniam@otiloppij.
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This teleconference features digital curation guru and uber-librarian Trevor Owens. As Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress, Owens has his finger firmly planted on the pulse of digital preservation. At the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services), he started the National Digital Platform initiative, which invested more than $30 million in 110 projects to advance digital infrastructure for libraries across the nation.
Owens teaches digital curation seminars for American University and the University of Maryland, and his most recent book, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, won the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services Outstanding Publication Award.
There are few professionals working today who combine Owen's broad perspective and practical bent. In 2018 Library Journal called him one of the "top changemakers who are transforming what it means to be a librarian." You can learn more about Trevor Owens at TrevorOwens.org.
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