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Saturday, October 7 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
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.


Daniel G. Kipnis

Daniel G. Kipnis, MSI, is a Senior Education Librarian and Editor of the Jefferson Digital Commons at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He has worked in Academic Health Science libraries for 18 years and has been the Editor of the Jefferson Digital Commons since 2008... 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 Marath... 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 as well as well as the digital humanities fellowship program. He served on the Technical Working Group for the NEH-funded proj... Read More →

Saturday October 7, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
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