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Friday, November 6 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Points of Contact and Divergences in Cultural Heritage Information

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Libraries, museums and archives – so-called memory institutions – are undergoing intense technological transformations in the way they catalog, preserve and publish cultural heritage information. The timeline, scope, and outcome of this technological advancement seem to be very different in these fields, due to the different mission and structure of these institutions.

However, some of the underlying tools, specific goals, methodologies and data models seem to be shared among most of the cultural institutions who are invested in technological advancement.

In this informal, open discussion and Q/A among the panelists and with the audience, the participants will engage in an exchange of use cases in their own specific fields, trying to find a common ground where cultural heritage institutions can collaborate to establish standards that are valid for all cultural expressions.

Physical and online space

Q: Which role does the physical space of libraries, archives and museums play in a social context, in contrast with their online presence? (see related article)

Q: How does the online LAM experience relate with the on-site experience and how are they both evolving? How can on-site technology aid or hinder a visit?

Mission: scholarly vs. broad audience

Q: How can LAMs fulfill their role of information providers by offering the highest quality information possible as well as reaching out to the broadest audience possible?

Materials collected

Q: Museums have publications, and sometimes libraries within them, as well as archives; libraries have special collections made up of unique or limited-edition objects. Are the two institutions closer than we think in terms of what they collect and how they catalog it?

Data harmonization efforts

Q: Efforts to harmonize concepts between libraries and museums, i.e. map terms that are common to both, are underway (e.g. FRBRoo). Also, portals such as Europeana and DPLA are aggregating resources from libraries and museums alike, providing generic repositories ofcultural heritage. Who is implementing this at an institutional level?

Q: How can physical cultural heritage items be cataloged and published along with conceptual (immaterial, born-digital) ones? Are today's tools adequate for the task or are they still relying on a pre-1970s concept of culture?

User experience

Q: How important is visualization for LAMs, especially in regard to Linked Data and complex data sets? Which online and on-site efforts are most notable? What can we learn from non-cultural sectors?

Q: Image delivery is probably one of the main points of contact between LAMs. The interest around IIIF and related tools confirms this. Could this be one common ground for all CH institutions?

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Stefano Cossu

Director of Application Services, Collections, The Art Institute of Chicago
Stefano is an information architect at the Art Institute of Chicago. He has a background in visual and conceptual art and has worked in several IT fields with small and large companies before settling in the digital humanities field. Currently he is leading the LAKE project, an institution-wide... Read More →

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Niki Krause

Director of Applications Servcies, Cleveland Museum of Art
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David Wilcox

Product Manager, DuraSpace

Friday November 6, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm CST
Great Lakes A2 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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