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Monday, March 30

4:00pm EDT

Opening Plenary: It’s 2020 … Where is my Flying Car and Cultural Heritage Research Data Ecosystem?
The Web is the world’s largest information system and is now 30 years old. It has fundamentally shifted almost every aspect of culture with instant, ubiquitous, free access to … advertising. The web’s dad, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, wanted it to grow up to provide instant, ubiquitous, free access to knowledge, but somewhere along the way it was seduced by the glitter and fast life-style of commercialization. This is just one of many factors meaning that, despite it being 2020, we still do not have flying cars, and more importantly we still do not have a connected ecosystem of research quality data about our cultural heritage.

There have been, and continue to be, many initiatives to address the social, technological, financial and policy-based challenges that throw up roadblocks towards achieving this vision. However, it is hard to tell whether we are making progress, or whether we are eternally waiting for the hyperloop that will never come. If we are to ever be able to answer research questions that require a broad, international corpus of cultural data, then we need an ecosystem that can be characterized with 5 “C”s: Collaborative, Consistent, Connected, Correct and Contextualized. Each of these has implications for the sustainability, innovation, usability, timeliness and ethical considerations that must be addressed in a coherent and holistic manner. As with autonomous vehicles, technology (and perhaps even machine “intelligence”) is a necessary but insufficient component.

In this presentation, I will frame and motivate this grand challenge and propose where we can build connections between the academy, the cultural heritage sector, and industry. The discussion will explore the issues, and highlight some of the successful endeavors and more approachable opportunities where, together, progress can be made.


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Robert Sanderson

Semantic Architect, The Getty Trust

Monday March 30, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Tuesday, March 31

4:00pm EDT

Closing Plenary: Reflections on Twenty Years of Designing Digital Scholarship
This talk considers two digital scholarship projects helmed by Tara McPherson and her colleagues, the multimedia journal Vectors (first presented at CNI in 2005) and the software platform Scalar. Reflecting on twenty years of digital design, the presentation takes a hard look at the many challenges faced by each project including issues of authorship, collaboration, funding, access, preservation, and scalability. In doing so, McPherson gleans lessons that might be learned from the successes and failures of these endeavors for the future of digital scholarship in the academy. She draws from her recent monograph, Feminist in a Software Lab: Difference and Design (Harvard, 2018) and argues that, while challenging, it is still crucial that scholars, librarians, and designers enter the technological fray in order to expand the possibilities for our digital futures in a time of corporate consolidation.


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Tara McPherson

Professor and Chair, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Tara McPherson is Professor and Chair in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, and Faculty Chair of Visions and Voices. She is author of two award-winning books, Feminist in a Software Lab (Harvard University Press 2018) and Reconstructing... Read More →

Tuesday March 31, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Friday, May 29

3:30pm EDT

Plenary: Close of Virtual Meeting
CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch will close CNI's Spring 2020 Virtual Meeting by reflecting on the event itself and on these unprecedented times. Join us for the final session of what has been an extraordinary meeting and find out what’s at the forefront of Cliff’s thinking about the future given the coronavirus crisis as our community navigates uncharted territory. Following Cliff’s remarks, we look forward to hearing attendees' questions, and we invite them to share their thoughts about the virtual meeting, current events, and the challenges and opportunities facing our community.

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Cliff Lynch

Director, CNI
Clifford Lynch is Executive Director at the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, based in Washington, DC.Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President... Read More →

Friday May 29, 2020 3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

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