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WATCH THE LIVESTREAM The conference livestream is available on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. Speaker videos will be posted on the Library of Congress YouTube channel in the coming months. Both the livestream and recordings are closed captioned.

Hashtag: #AsData

More relevant, more accessible, more visual, and more useful--these are some benefits of making digital collections available as data and ready for computational analysis. The Library of Congress is hosting a day-long event that will feature case-studies and impact stories of applying digital methods to analyzing and sharing collections. Presenters will share how using collections as data reactivates the holdings of libraries and other centers of history and art to make deeper connections to the communities they serve.

9:30-11:15 a.m.
  • Opening Remarks, Kate Zwaard, Library of Congress
  • "History Between the Lines: Thinking About Collections as Data," Edward Ayers, President Emeritus, University of Richmond
  • "Detachment," Sarah Hatton, Visual Artist
  • "Only Once Imagined," Stephanie Stillo, Library of Congress
  • "Data in Place: Using Digital Harlem to Map Historical Sources," Stephen Robertson, Director, Roy Rosenzwig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
11:15-11:45 a.m. Networking Break
11:45-12:45 p.m.
12:45-1:45 p.m. Lunch, on your own
2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • "Unscroll: An Approach to Making New Things from Old Things," Paul Ford, Journalist and Coder, Postlight
  • "From Static Archive to Research-Ready Database: Preparing the Congressional Record for Computational Social Science," Nick Adams, Berkeley Institute for Data Science
  • "Mapper's Delight: Teaching Data Literacy at the Rap Research Lab," Tahir Hemphill, Multimedia Artist, Hip Hop Word Count Project
  • "Science By, For & With the People: How Citizen Science and Mobile Tech Have Revolutionized the Collection, Sharing and Use of Scientific Data," Geoff Haines-Stiles, Executive Producer, The Crowd and the Cloud series
3:30-3:45 p.m.. Networking Break
3:45-4:45 p.m. Lightning Talks
  • “The Speech Accent Archive,” Steven Weinberger, Associate Professor, George Mason University
  • "Caribbean Periodicals and the Catalog: Expanding Access and Impact,” Chelsea Stieber, Kluge Fellow 2016, The Catholic University of America
  • “New York Philharmonic Archives Subscribers Project,” Kevin Schlottmann, Digital Archives Manager, New York Philharmonic
  • ''Mapping Inter-Institutional Connections Through Digital Humanities: The Alan Lomax Collection of Spanish Folk Music (1952-53),” Ascension Mazuela-Anguita, Alan Lomax Fellowship in American Folklife 2015, Universidad International de La Rioja
  • “DocNow,” Ed Summers, Lead Developer, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
  • “Monument Lab,” Paul M. Farber, Artistic Director
  • “Storymapping with LC Digital Collections,” Jared Nielsen, Artist
  • “The VisualEyes Project,” William Ferster, Assistant Research Professor & Director of Visualization for SHANTI, University of Virginia
4:45 p.m. Closing & thank you
5:00-7:30 p.m. No-host social hour at Bullfeathers


For questions concerning this event, please contact Abigail Potter, Senior Innovation Specialist, National Digital Initiatives, Library of Congress at [email protected].

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected].

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