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NISO Plus 2021 is going to be a global virtual event, happening literally around the world February 22-25, 2021. Building on the wonderful response to NISO Plus 2020, we’re bringing the same quality of content and conversation to this born-digital event, with dozens of amazing speakers and keynotes from across the globe. Scheduled to maximize attendance from as many timezones as possible, there will be things for you to see and do around the clock if you wish...or, pick and choose to make the experience perfect for your interests.

Monday, February 22 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Humanities in the information ecosystem

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NISO Discourse Discussion for this session

Unlocking JSTOR & Portico for Text Analysis & Pedagogy 
Text analytics, or the process of deriving new information from pattern and trend analysis of the written word, is making a transformative impact in the social sciences and humanities. Sadly, there is a massive hurdle facing those eager to unleash its power: the coding skills and statistical knowledge that text mining requires can take years to develop; moreover, access rights to high quality datasets for text mining are often cost prohibitive and may include further license negotiations. Over the past several years, JSTOR’s Data for Research (DfR) has addressed some of these issues, providing metadata and full-text datasets for its archival content. In January, ITHAKA – the organizational home of JSTOR and Portico – announced a completely new platform that incorporates DfR’s features, as well as adding visualization tools and an integrated analytics lab for learning and teaching text analysis. At NISO Plus, key members of the ITHAKA team will describe the design of this new multifaceted platform and highlight how its components can intersect with the needs of librarians, publishers, educators, students, and faculty. The presenters will emphasize the platform’s hosted analytics lab, where librarians and faculty can create, adapt, and adopt text mining analysis code that works with publisher content for data science instructional sessions.
Collections as Data: From Digital Library to Open Datasets
Collections as Data “aims to encourage computational use of digitized and born digital collections” (https://collectionsasdata.github.io/statement/), but how do you get started developing a Collections as Data program, especially with existing staff and technology resources? The Digital Library Services department at the University of Utah will share their practical approach to Collections as Data, ranging from releasing oral history data for text mining to developing a metadata transcription project to create a new historical dataset of mining labor employment records. We will also discuss developing partnerships with digital humanists on campus and the potential uses of the collections we’ve released to the public. We will also show how analyzing digital collections with a digital humanities approach can provide new insights into potential new processes for descriptive metadata creation.
Public Humanities: Challenges and Opportunities
Directors of leading humanities associations and initiatives discuss the impact and the challenges of public humanities, as an idea and as a method of study. What is public humanities, and why is it important? What forms of scholarly and creative output does it encompass? How can it be recognized and supported at institutional, national, and international levels? How do humanities scholars engage with a broad, diverse audience? How might these encounters change the nature and course of humanities study?

Join Modern Language Association Executive Director Paula Krebs, University of Virginia President's Commission on Slavery and the University Chair Kirt von Daacke, and University of Illinois Chicago Engaged Humanities Initiative Director Ellen McClure for a roundtable discussion and lively Q&A.

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Maria Stanton

Director of Product Management and Production, Atla

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Jeremy Myntti

Associate University Librarian, Metadata and IT, Brigham Young University
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Anna Neatrour

Head of Digital Library Services, University of Utah
Interested in digital humanities, collaborative digitization, digital public history, collections as data, digital libraries, metadata, and more!

Ken DiFiore

Outreach Director, ITHAKA
Since 2005, Ken has been a Library Outreach Director at ITHAKA – the organizational home of JSTOR, Portico, Artstor, and Ithaka S&R. During his tenure, he has contributed to the business development, marketing, and adoption of innovative products and services. Ken holds an advance... Read More →
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Paula Krebs

Executive Director, Modern Language Assoc., Modern Language Association
I'm Executive Director of the MLA, the disciplinary association for language, literature, writing, and cultural studies researchers and faculty members. We have roughly 24,000 members in more than 100 countries. We publish the MLA International Bibliography, the research database... Read More →
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Rachel Wittmann

Digital Curation Librarian, University of Utah
Metadata | Digital Collections | Digital Exhibits

Amy Kirchhoff

Sr. Mgr, Constellate, Ithaka

Ellen McClure

Director, Engaged Humanities Initiative-UIC
I'm a specialist in seventeenth-century France interested in religion, politics, and literature; I also direct the Mellon-funded Engaged Humanities Initiative at UIC. I'm very interested in how to increase student interest and engagement in the humanities, and how to connect the classroom... Read More →
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Kirt von Daacke

Assistant Dean and Professor, University of Virginia

Monday February 22, 2021 12:00pm - 1:15pm EST
Room 4
  Track 4
  • Host Organization NISO