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Renear and Munoz present at 2011 DLF Forum: Towards a New Agenda for Humanities Data Curation
CIRSS faculty member Allen Renear and CIRSS external affiliate Trevor Munoz, along with Katherine Walter from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, are leading a working session, Towards A New Agenda for Humanities in Data Curation, at this year's Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum, 31 Oct - 1 Nov 2011, in Baltimore MD.
This session builds on the activities of a Humanities Data Curation Summit held following the Digital Humanities conference in Paolo Alto CA in June 2011, which convened leading figures from the digital humanities, digital libraries, and funding agencies to reflect on their experiences facing data curation problems and undertaking strategic planning on data curation issues. Based on summit participants' identification of key activities that could substantially impact institutions, professions and scholarship, and on further analysis, the authors are developing specific recommendations for changes in workforce training and staffing, education, and institutional support, which will be presented in a white paper in Winter 2011.
Using key themes from the June 2011 Humanities Data Curation Summit as a springboard, this DLF working session continues the discussion began in Palo Alto, eliciting additional ideas and issues from from the digital library community as well as take steps toward refining and operationalizing community engagement with curation of humanities data.
The full session abstract follows below.
Towards A New Agenda for Humanities Data Curation
DLF Forum 2011 working session, Baltimore MD; 1 November 2011
Allen Renear (GSLIS, UIUC), Trevor Munoz (MITH, UMD), Katherine Walter (UNL Libraries)
At the conclusion of the Digital Humanities 2011 Conference, the Data Curation Education Program for the Humanities (DCEP-H) and CenterNet convened a group of experts from the digital humanities, the digital library community, and major U.S. funding agencies to discuss strategies for improving the curation of digital humanities data. The timing of this summit reflected a belief that data curation, the active and on-going management of data from creation to re-use and long-term preservation, is now an emerging problem for the humanities, and that, more importantly, the convergence of digital library development and digital humanities research has created a unique opportunity to re-imagine divisions of labor, educational policies and practices, and the public role of the humanities.
Summit participants identified four key activities that could have a substantial even radical impact on the evolution of institutions, professions, and scholarship over the next decade:
* Make data curation a key form of public engagement and advocacy for the humanities.
* Integrate the training of prospective scholars and information professionals into an interdisciplinary curriculum on scholarly communication and data curation.
* Realign professional roles, responsibilities, and promotion/tenure criteria with changes in institutional needs as well as practices and tools for curating data.
* Re-analyze the content of data curation curricula to support involvement by information professionals at deeper levels and earlier stages in the data development process.
Building on these materials as well as further analysis, we are developing specific recommendations for changes in workforce training and staffing, education, and institutional support. A final version of a white paper presenting our results will be completed in Winter 2011.
Interested session participants can review the agenda and issues paper from the post-Digital Humanities 2011 Humanities Data Curation Summit at the summit website (http://cirssweb.lis.illinois.edu/paloalto/). Using key themes from the earlier meeting as a springboard, this session will continue the discussion began in Palo Alto, eliciting additional ideas and issues from from the digital library community as well as take steps toward refining and operationalizing community engagement with curation of humanities data.
DCEP-H is an IMLS-funded project hosted by the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.