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Saturday, October 7 • 10:40am - 12:10pm
Finding Herstory: Digital Methods in Archival Research

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Visualizing "College Women"

Alicia Peaker, Stella Fritzell, Nathália Santos, Madeline Perry, Claudia Zavala, and Mimi Benkoussa (Bryn Mawr College)

This summer, the inaugural group of Digital Scholarship Summer Fellows collaborated with members of Bryn Mawr’s Special Collections and Digital Scholarship program to produce an accessible and interactive data visualization project that offers new entryways into the collections exposed in the College Women (https://www.collegewomen.org/) project.

A Data First Approach  (Then Retreat, Then Regroup, Then Approach Again)  to a Collaborative Digital Project

Scott Ziegler (American Philosophical Society Library)

“In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920” is an NEH-funded pilot project to identify, scan, and present online items in libraries in the greater Philadelphia area relating to the struggle for women’s rights.

The technical working group for the project was tasked with identifying a suitable digital infrastructure to showcase the material. They did that. Then they complicated matters by also prioritizing a data-first approach the project.

This presentation is the perspective of one member of the technical working group, and will detail the decision to build data exports and APIs in addition to a user interface. There have been false starts, changed plans, and periods of self-doubt. This ongoing project is a case study in collaborative digitization projects from a data first perspective, the evaluation of library-supplied data, engaging user participation for data enhancement, and the practicalities of implementing user-supplied data.

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Tam Troup

Cataloging and Metadata Coordinator, Bucknell University


Mimi Benkoussa

Mimi Benkoussa (Bryn Mawr '19) is a junior Computer Science major and Statistics minor who hopes to tie in her quantitative and qualitative knowledge to the vast field of digital scholarship. She is interested in the many intersections of computer science, technology, and business... Read More →
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Alicia Peaker

Digital Scholarship Specialist, Bryn Mawr College
Alicia Peaker is the Digital Scholarship Specialist at Bryn Mawr College and Director of the Digital Scholarship Summer Fellows program. She has worked previously as the CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury College; the Co-Director for Our Marathon... Read More →

Madeline Perry

Madeline Perry (Bryn Mawr '19) is a Psych and Computer Science double major who is passionate about both graphic design and user experience. Fascinated by the psychological and social impact of design, her interests include info graphics, web design, and data visualization. She is... Read More →

Nathália Santos

Nathália Santos (Bryn Mawr '18) is a Brazilian senior Economics and Political Science double major. As a Digital Scholarship Summer Fellow, she hopes to find interesting ways of interpreting, displaying, and making data accessible.

Claudia Zavala

Claudia Zavala (Bryn Mawr '20) is pursuing her B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities with a minor in Computer Science. Her research interests broadly include: interaction between people and spaces, project management, and the intersections between architecture, politics, and culture... Read More →
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Scott Ziegler

Head of Technology, American Philosophical Society
Scott Ziegler is the Head of Technology at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia, Pa. He manages the digital scholarship initiatives and the digital humanities fellowship program.

Saturday October 7, 2017 10:40am - 12:10pm
Walls Lounge

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