FEB 12

Works in Progress Webinar: Collections as Data

Join this webinar to learn more about the concept of collections as data and hear an update on current work on the Collections as Data: Parts to Whole grant project.

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Thomas Padilla, Visiting Digital Research Services Librarian, University of Nevada Las Vegas



Collections as Data: Part to Whole is the second in a series of grant funded projects exploring computational access to library and archive collections. Building on the work of Always Already Computational: Collections as Data, the project aims to foster the development of broadly viable models that support implementation and use of collections as data. This effort is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Over a period of three years, Part to Whole will fund and programmatically support two cohorts, each composed of project teams jointly led by librarians and disciplinary scholars.

Project teams will develop models that support collections as data implementation and holistic reconceptualization of services and roles that support scholarly use. Collections as data produced by project activity will exhibit high research value; demonstrate the capacity to serve underrepresented communities; represent a diversity of content types, languages, and descriptive practices; and arise from a range of institutional contexts. 

In this webinar, Principle Investigator Thomas Padilla introduces the concept of collections as data and describes its progressive development across two grant-funded projects. He also introduces projects from the first cohort funded by Collections as Data: Part to Whole and shares information and fields questions about potential participation in the second cohort. 

This webinar will be of interest to librarians, archivists, and administrators who are curious about collections as data generally, and especially those interested in building programs, collections, and services to support computational access to collections in their own institutions. 


Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

These webinars are exclusively for OCLC Research Library Partners, but the recordings are publicly available to all.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!



12 February 2019


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]