LC Labs Letter: February 2020

LC LABS LETTER

A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team

Apply to be the next Innovator in Residence!

The Library of Congress Innovator in Residence program is a competitive residency for outside researchers or practitioners to creatively use the Library’s digital collections.

The first Innovator was data artist Jer Thorp and the current cohort includes Ben Lee (//labs.loc.gov/experiments/newspaper-navigator/) and Brian Foo (//labs.loc.gov/experiments/citizen-dj/) With Brian and Ben’s projects underway, LC Labs is excited to accept applications for the next round of projects.

To be our 2021 Innovator in Residence, email a concept paper about what you could do with the Library’s collections to [email protected] by March 15th, 2020. Project concept papers should consist of a vision statement and schedule and price estimates, and be no more than two pages in length. See the posting for more info: go.usa.gov/xp8PP

Read all about it! Machine Learning + Libraries Summit: Event Summary now live.

On Friday, September 20, 2019, the Library of Congress hosted the Machine Learning + Libraries Summit. This one-day conference convened 75 cultural heritage professionals (roughly 50 from outside the Library of Congress and 25 staff from within) to discuss the on-the-ground applications of machine learning technologies in libraries, museums, and universities.

This recently released event summary includes more detailed information about the conference agenda, participants, and topics discussed. We hope this report grants readers insight into the conference proceedings and serves as a point of entry into broader conversations around the challenges, opportunities, and actionable items concerning machine learning in cultural heritage. You can find it under “Machine Learning + Libraries Summit: Event Summary” on the LC Labs Reports Page.

Upcoming Quarterly Update: Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud

Please join us for our second quarterly call in which we will discuss describe the progress to date and answer questions about past and upcoming opportunities. Let us know your questions ahead of time by filling out this form.

Here are the details of the call:

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  • DSD staff recently attended the fourth Digging into Data conference; a workshop about OCR for non-English languages; and the Sustainability of Web-Based Mapping Projects meeting. We’re interested in many events investigating computational methods and how they overlap with the work of libraries–if you have one coming up, we’d love to attend!

Kate’s Corner
Notes from the Director of Digital Strategy

Our work in Digital Strategy, at its core, is about enabling change. We all know how hard change can be – I know I don’t like it when the interface for the application I’m using changes, even if ultimately I learn to love it.

This means that, in our work, we sometimes encounter conflict. We find ourselves in conversations where we have competing or conflicting goals or disagreement. Sometimes people worry about the consequences change will bring, which may not be predictable even with good data and smart minds.

I like to lean into the conflict, and start with the assumption that everyone is doing their best. Sometimes I find out I’m wrong, and that’s fantastic. Other times, we can find a way forward that mitigates concerns. Either way, by allowing challenging encounters to drive my curiosity about other people’s perspectives, I try to create a culture where we can pursue our goals while making the right choices and building trust.

-Kate Zwaard

 

Machine Learning + Libraries Summit: Event Summary now live!

The Machine Learning + Libraries Summit Event Summary is now available as a downloadable report on labs.loc.gov. This document includes more detailed information about the conference proceedings. It broadly summarizes recurring themes of discussion and compiles the outputs of the small group activities.

Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Quarterly Update

This is a guest post from LC Labs Senior Innovation Specialist Laurie Allen. This is the second post in a series where we are sharing experiences from the Andrew W. Mellon-funded Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud. The series began with an introductory post.  Learn about the grant on the experiments page, and see the […]

LC Labs Letter January 2020

LC LABS LETTER A Monthly Roundup of News and Thoughts from the Library of Congress Labs Team The Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Project is HIRING! Come join the Mellon-funded Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Project as one of two digital scholarship specialists! The positions will be funded for three years and will […]

Digital Strategy Year in Review

This is a guest post by Leah Weinryb-Grohsgal from the Digital Strategy Directorate. Leah outlines below some of the major milestones reached by the Directorate in 2019. Looking Back and Looking Forward Exciting changes are afoot for digital transformation at the Library of Congress!  This post reviews some of the things we did last year […]

Connections in Sound and at the Library of Congress: Reaching out to experts to connect Irish traditional music through Linked Data

Patrick Egan is a scholar and musician from Ireland, who served as a Kluge Fellow in Digital Studies at the Kluge Center. He has recently earned his PhD in digital humanities with ethnomusicology in at University College Cork. Patrick’s interests over the past number of years have focused on ways to creatively use descriptive data in […]

Introducing the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud Project

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the LC Labs team will pilot ways to combine cutting edge technology and the collections of the largest library in the world, to support creative new uses of collections. This project will explore service models to support researchers accessing Library of Congress collections in the cloud, with findings shared throughout the 2 year project.

In the Library’s Web Archives: 1,000 U.S. Government PowerPoint Slide Decks

The Digital Content Management section has been working to extract and make available sets of files from the Library’s significant Web Archives holdings. The outcome of the project is a series of web archive file datasets, each containing 1,000 files of related media types selected from .gov domains. You can read more about this series […]

Announcing International Collaborations on Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions

The following is an announcement from funding and cultural organizations from the United States and the United Kingdom about a new collaboration supporting digital scholarship.  The Library of Congress Labs team is co-hosting a workshop to kick-off international collaborations around digital scholarship. Partners in the UK and the US are coming together to collaborate on the […]