Object, Data, and Metadata: Web Archives as Art and Data Sets and Implications for Description
Columbia University Libraries
The panel will include four 15-minute presentations, with additional time for discussion and Q and A.
The panel focuses on specialized use cases for web archives and the metadata necessary to support those use cases. Alex Thurman, Web Resources Collection Coordinator at Columbia University, will speak about the ways web archivists' choices when creating metadata to describe web archives more broadly reflect the nature and needs of the collections. Morgan McKeehan, a former NDSR Resident at Rhizome, will speak about the importance of preserving the original look and feel of web-based artworks, and ways for web archivists to provide descriptive metadata about how that preservation work was conducted (and the extent to which it succeeded). Karl-Rainer Blumenthal of Archive-It will speak about the use of web archives as aggregated data sets, and Archive-It's new tool which supports that work, Archive-It Research Services. Celeste Brewer will speak about the implications of different description and access models for web archives on user experience.
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