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Humanities in the information ecosystem

Abstract
NISO Discourse Discussion for this session
https://discourse.niso.org/t/humanities-in-the-information-ecosystem/72

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.

NISO Plus 2021

91

Global

February 22-25, 2021

NISO Plus 2021 was our first virtual conference, held in February of 2021. A global undertaking, NISO Plus 2021 had over 800 participants from 26 countries come together to have a conversation about the state of the information ecosystem. Here you'll find both the presentations and discussions from that event.

Amy Kirchhoff

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TDM Business Manager - ITHAKA

Anna Neatrour

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Interim Head, Digital Library Services - University of Utah

Marriott Library, University of Utah

Anna Neatrour

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Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Utah

Anna Neatrour is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. She oversees descriptive metadata creation and remediation, as well as supporting the adoption of new technology for digital library projects. She was previously metadata librarian at the Marriott Library, as well as the Mountain West Digital Library. She received her MLIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ellen McClure

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Director - Engaged Humanities Initiative-UIC

Jeremy Myntti

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Head of Digital Library Services, University of Utah

Jeremy Myntti is Head of Digital Library Services at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. This position allows him the opportunity to supervise faculty and staff who are converting content from analog to digital, creating and maintaining the metadata for our collections, and preserving our digital assets. Prior to this position, he was Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services and the ILS administrator for the University of Utah Libraries. He received his MLIS from the University of Alabama in 2011.

Jeremy Myntti

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Interim Associate Dean - University of Utah, Marriott Library

Marriott Library, University of Utah

Ken DiFiore

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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 degree in both library science and chemistry.

Kirt von Daacke

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Assistant Dean and Professor - University of Virginia

Maria Stanton

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Director of Production, Atla

Maria Stanton is the Director of Production for Atla and a member of Atla’s leadership team. Maria and her team are responsible for the editorial scope and quality of Atla Religion Database®(Atla RDB®), as well as the full-text offerings AtlaSerials®, and AtlaSerials PLUS®. Previously, Maria was the VP of Production for Alexander Street Press, where she was responsible for a full range of products, from archival databases to streaming audio and video collections. Prior to joining Alexander Street Press, Maria was the Senior Director of Content Operations at Serials Solutions, where she oversaw the knowledge base, link resolvers, and federated search solutions. Maria currently serves on NISO’s Board of Directors. Maria is a frequent speaker on a range of topics, from the state of theological libraries in the Global South, the challenges of Open Access, and the support of scholarly research in the Humanities.

Paula Krebs

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Executive Director - Modern Language Assn

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, of more than 3 million entries, for language and literature; books series centered on pedagogy in our fields; the premiere research journal in language and literature; and MLA Style--the standard in humanities research. MLA hosts a 5000-person annual convention as well as year-round professional development workshops and institutes.

Rachel J. Wittmann

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Digital Curation Librarian - Marriott Library, University of Utah