Join OCLC Research staff at Archives 2015 in Cleveland 16-22 August

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If you're attending the SAA Annual Meeting, Archives 2015, 16-22 August 2015 at the Cleveland Convention Center at 300 Lakeside Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, we encourage to you visit OCLC Research staff at the following:

Tuesday, 18 August • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Research Forum: Foundations and Innovations, Room 26A

  • Software Engineer Jeff Mixter and Consulting Software Engineer Bruce Washburn will discuss their work looking at how to activate archival descriptions as Linked Data. Descriptions of archival resources can often be a rich source of names for different kinds of entities: people, organizations, places, concepts, events, and works. At OCLC Research we're enriching the descriptive metadata we aggregate, bringing like things together and showing their relationships. Archival metadata poses some special challenges, in that it can include many "uncontrolled" headings lacking standard identifiers. Jeff and Bruce will present experimental systems from OCLC Research that are helping us better understand the extent of these challenges and that suggest ways to reconcile strings to things.
  • Program Officer Jackie Dooley will present on a deep analysis of 3 million MARC records describing archival materials. Key characteristics of the records for original materials in various formats underscore the extent to which past and current practice support effective discovery.

Wednesday, August 19 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Research Libraries Roundtable

  • Research Scientist Ixchel Faniel will participate on the data management and curation in 21st century archives panel and discuss data reuse and curation in a broader context.

Thursday, 20 August • 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm - SESSION 209 - The Evolving Archival Record

  • Research Scientist Brian Lavoie will speak and moderate the session.  

Friday, 21 August • 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - SESSION 504 - Doing More by Doing Less: Stopping Programs without Regret

Saturday, 22 August • 8:30 am - 9:45 am - SESSION 607 - Research Data Management: A Space Where Archivists Belong

  • Program Officer Jackie Dooley will chair and moderate the session.

In addition, be sure to stop by the ArchiveGrid Booth 317 in the Exhibit Hall to

  • discuss ArchiveGrid and archival descriptions as linked data with Bruce Washburn and Jeff Mixter,
  • see a draft template that has been developed to help create more standard links to archival collections in Wikipedia and give feedback about it to Merrilee Proffitt, and
  • talk with OCLC Member Relations Liaison Karri Sites about CONTENTdm or other OCLC services issues.

See the Archives 2015 Schedule for complete details.

The Society of American Archivists (SAA), is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. Its vision is to enables archivists to achieve professional excellence and foster innovation to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of enduring value. Its mission is to promote the values and diversity of archives and archivists. SAA is the preeminent source of professional resources and the principal communication hub for American archivists.

For more information:

Merrilee Proffitt
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research