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2017-12-31: Digital Blackness in the Archive - DocNow Symposium Trip Report

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Digital Blackness in the Archive was such a beautiful event. Thank you. #BlackDigArchivepic.twitter.com/SpoWYWDOhL — DocumentingTheNow (@documentnow) December 15, 2017
From December 11-12, 2017, I attended the second Documenting the Now Symposium in St. Louis, MO.  The meeting presentations were recorded and are available along with an annotated agenda; for further background about the Documenting the Now project and my involvement via the advisory board, I suggest my 2016 trip report, as well as DocNow activity on github, slack, and Twitter.  In addition, the meeting itself was extensively live-tweeted with #BlackDigArchive (see also the data set of Tweet ids collected by Bergis Jules).

kicking off @documentnow#BlackDigArchive at @fergusonlibrary! Livestream: https://t.co/K2XbN2HJdipic.twitter.com/mVEBXSALTm — bibliotekah (@tttkay) December 11, 2017
Awesome keynote by @amplify285! So glad she could be here. Just found out she’s also a @WUSTL alumna. #BlackDigArchivepic.twitter.com/O…

2017-12-31: ACM Workshop on Reproducibility in Publication

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On December 7 and 8 I attend the ACM Workshop on Reproducibility in Publication in NYC as part of my role as a member of the ACM Publications Board and co-chair (with Alex Wade) of the Digital Library Committee.  The purpose of this workshop was to gather input from the various ACM SIGs about the approach to reproducibility and "artifacts", objects supplementary to the conventional publication process.  The workshop was attended by 50+ people, mostly from the ACM SIGs but also included representatives from other professional societies and repositories and hosting services.  A collection of the slides presented at the workshop and a summary report are being worked on now, and as such this trip report is mostly my personal perspectives on the workshop; I'll update with slides, summary, and other materials as they become available.

This was the third such workshop that had been held, but it was the first for me since I joined the Publications Board in September of 2017.  …

2017-12-19: CNI Fall 2017 Trip Report

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The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Fall 2017 Membership Meeting was held in Washington, DC on December 11-12, 2017. University Librarian George Fowler and I represented ODU, which was recognized as a new member this year.

CNI runs several parallel sessions of project briefings, so I will focus on those sessions that I was able to attend. The attendees were active on Twitter, using the hashtag #cni17f, and I'll embed some of the tweets below.  CNI has the full schedule (pdf) available and will have some of the talks on the CNI YouTube channel. (I'll note if any sessions I attended were scheduled to be recorded and add the link when published.) The project briefings page has additional information on each briefing and links to presentations that have been submitted.

Dale Askey (McMaster University) has published his CNI Fall 2017 Membership Meeting notes, which covers several of the sessions that I was unable to attend.

DAY 1 - December 11

Plenary "Resilience and …

2017-12-14: Storify Will Be Gone Soon, So How Do We Preserve The Stories?

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Popular Storytelling service, Storify, will be shut down on May 16, 2018. Storify has been used by journalists and researchers to create stories about events and topics of interest. It has a wonderful interface, shown below, that allows one to insert text, but also add social cards and other content from a variety of services, including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Getty Images, and of course regular HTTP URIs.
As shown below, Storify is used by news sources to build and publish stories about unfolding events, as seen below for the Boston NPR Station WBUR.
It is also the visualization platform used for summarizing Archive-It collections in the Dark and Stormy Archives (DSA) Framework, developed by WS-DL members Yasmin AlNoamany, Michele Weigle, and Michael Nelson. In a previous blog post, I covered why this visualization technique works and why many other tools fail to deliver it effectively. An example story produced by the the DSA is shown below.

Ian Milligan provide…