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Brown Bag: Jobs, Roles, Skills, Tools: Working in the Digital Academy with Julia Flanders

Mon Nov 16, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

Twenty-five years ago, jobs in humanities computing were largely interstitial: located in fortuitous, anomalous corners and annexes where specific people with idiosyncratic skill profiles happened to find a niche. One couldn't train for such jobs, let alone locate them in a market. The emergence of the field of "digital humanities" since that time may appear to be a disciplinary and methodological phenomenon, but it also has to do with labor: with establishing a new set of jobs for which people can...

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Brown Bag Talk with Micah Altman Integrating Open Data into Open Access Journals

Tue Oct 20, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

This talk discusses findings from an analysis of data sharing and citation policies in Open Access journals and describes a set of novel tools for open data publication in open access journal workflows.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a discussion fit for scholars, Open Access fans, and students alike.

 

Dr Micah Altman is Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries, at the...

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Brown Bag talk with Chaoqun Ni- Transformative Interactions in the Scientific Workforce

Tue Sep 15, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-117

Transformative Interactions in the Scientific Workforce

 

A competitive scientific workforce is essential for the health and well-being of a society. However, U.S. dominance in the global knowledge economy has been challenged in recent years: the U.S. is outspent by China (in terms of R&D funding) and out-produced by the EU (in terms of doctoral graduates and scientific publications). Furthermore, gender inequalities persist, with men producing more scientific articles than women in every state.

 

From Dr....

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Brown Bag Talk with Micah Altman, Sources of Big Data for Social Sciences

Tue Aug 18, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-202

This talk reviews emerging big data sources for social scientific analysis and explores the challenges these present.  Many of these sources pose distinct challenges for acquisition, processing, analysis, inference, sharing, and  preservation.

 

Dr Micah Altman is Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Altman is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Prior to arriving at MIT, Dr. Altman served at Harvard University for fifteen years...

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Brown Bag Talk with Micah Altman, Scholarly Communications in the Age of Big Data -- Rules of Practical Information Economics

Mon May 11, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: E25-401

Discussant: Micah Altman 

More content is being created by scientists and scholars than ever -- and vastly greater collections of information are the subject of science as scholarship. Simultaneously, the community of users for  and uses of this information are changing. This talk reflects on trends in the generation and use of durable information assets in scholarship and science, and on the changing relationship between consumers, purchasers and funders. 

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Brown Bag with Kim Dulin, Harvard Law Library: Taking on Link Rot: Harvard Library Innovation Lab's Perma.cc

Wed Jun 24, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

E25-401

 

Perma.cc (http://perma.cc) is a web archiving platform and service developed by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (LIL) to help combat link rot.  Link rot occurs when links to websites point to web pages whose content has changed or disappeared. Perma.cc allows authors and editors to create permanent links for citations to web sources that will not rot.  Upon direction from an author, Perma.cc will retrieve and save the contents of a cited web page and assign it a permanent Perma.cc link. The Perma.cc link is then included in the author's references.  When...

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Brown Bag with David Weinberger, Harvard University: Libraries as a Platform: Enabling libraries to become community centers of meaning

Wed Apr 22, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 36-112

Libraries are in a unique position to reflect a community back to itself, enabling us to see what matters, and to use that information so that the community learns from itself. This is one of the primary use cases for developing and widely deploying library platforms. But becoming a community center of meaning can easily turn into creating an echo chamber. The key is developing interoperable systems that let communities learn from one another. We'll look at one proposal for a relatively straightforward way of doing so that's so dumb that it just...

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Scientific Reproducibility from an Informatics Perspective (Brown Bag Talk)

Tue Mar 17, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Reproducibility is often viewed as a statistical problem. In this session we will work to approach reproducibility from the perspective of information flow, and discuss possible implications for information systems. 
 

Discussant:  Dr. Micah Altman, Director of Research,  MIT Libraries; Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science

Location: E25-202

 Information Science Brown Bag talks, hosted by the Program on Information Science, consists of regular discussions and brainstorming...

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DMCA §1201 and Video Game Preservation Institutions: A Case Study in Combining Preservation and Advocacy

Wed Feb 11, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: E25-131 Conference

Archival institutions and libraries are often on the front lines of battles over ownership of digital content and the legality of ensuring copies are preserved. How can institutions devoted to preservation use their expertise to advocate for users? Kendra Albert, formerly of the Perma.cc team, discusses her work with librarians and archival institutions on a Digital Millennium Copyright Act §1201 exemption proposal for video games..

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Conservation Collaborations at MIT Libraries (Brown Bag Talk)

Tue Dec 16, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: E25-401

The conservation staff are currently engaging in two research projects to preserve the artifactual knowledge of MIT Libraries' special collections. The Libraries' mission challenges us to preserve knowledge, that is, to conserve the Libraries' primary source treasures to ensure that their integrity as artifacts is safeguarded and maintained for access and interpretation. Collaborative work on letterlocking and reengineering the broken spines of books illustrate the efforts we are...

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New Models of Scholarly Communication for Digital Scholarship (Brown Bag Talk)

Tue Oct 28, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: E25-202

Contemporary research and scholarship is increasingly characterized by the use of large-scale datasets and computationally intensive tasks.  A broad range of scholarly activities is reliant upon many kinds of information objects, located in distant geographical locations expressed in different formats on a variety of mediums.  These data can be dynamic in nature, constantly enriched by other users and automated processes. 

Accompanying data-centered approaches to inquiry have been cultural shifts in the scholarly community...

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WorldMap: A Spatial Infrastructure to Support Teaching and Research (Brown Bag Talk)

Thu Sep 18, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The WorldMap platform http://worldmap.harvard.edu is the largest open source collaborative mapping system in the world, with over 13,000 map layers contributed by thousands of users from Harvard and around the world. Researchers may upload large spatial datasets to the system, create data-driven visualizations, edit data, and control access.  Users may keep their data private, share it in groups, or publish to the world.  

The user base is interdisciplinary, including scholars from the humanities, social sciences, sciences,...

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Key Trends in Information Stewardship (Brown Bag Talk)

Wed Aug 20, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

 

Effective curation and dissemination of digital information is vital to maintaining the public records necessary for understanding and evaluating government actions, the scientific evidence base for replicating experiments, building on prior knowledge, and the preservation of the nation's cultural heritage. In this talk we preview and discuss key findings from the National Agenda for Digital Stewardship, which annually integrates the perspective of dozens of experts and hundreds of institutions. The Agenda identifies emerging technological...

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Brown Bag Lunch: New Discovery Tools for Digital Humanities and Spatial Data, Lex Berman, Harvard University

Wed Jul 16, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The library catalog has evolved from the description of items in physical collections into a wide-reaching net of services and tools for managing both physical collections and networked resources.  The line between descriptive metadata and actual content is becoming blurred.   Librarians and catalogers are now in the position of being not only docents of collections, but innovators in digital research, and this opens up a number of opportunities for retooling library discovery tools.   This presentation will present a survey of methods and projects that have...

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Navigating the Changing Landscape of Information Privacy (Brown Bag Talk)

Tue Jun 17, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Discussant: Micah Altman, Director of Research, MIT Libraries

Location: E25-401

This talk provides an overview of the changing landscape of information privacy with a focus on the possible consequences of these changes for researchers and research institutions.


Personal information continues to become more available, increasingly easy to link to individuals, and increasingly important for research. New laws, regulations and policies governing information privacy continue to emerge, increasing the complexity of management. Trends in...

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