2017 UT Digital Preservation Symposium
3rd Annual UT Digital Preservation Symposium:
"Breakdown: The Space Between Action and Expectation"

When: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Where: : Visualization Lab,
Texas Advanced Computing Center,
POB 2.404a
Peter O'Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences
University of Texas at Austin

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The 2017 UT Digital Preservation Symposium, Breakdown: The Space Between Action and Expectation, will take place on Friday, April 21st at the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Visualization Lab in the Peter O'Donnell Building for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (POB), Room 2.404a. The symposium seeks to bring together information technology professionals, archivists, curators, librarians, faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students and others willing to share their experiences and contribute their perspectives on digital preservation and long-term access.

This year focuses on Breakdown as an opportunity to shine light on information systems that are mostly invisible. By sharing our stories of Breakdown, we create a space for critical reflection on campus information infrastructure - users, assumptions and gaps. Together, attendees will be asked to share, reflect and collaboratively problem solve.

The theme, Breakdown: The Space Between Action and Expectation, builds on the 2016 symposium Intersections, which sought to locate possible overlaps, intersections, and partnerships that could help us think about digital preservation as a university-wide priority. This year’s theme and venue were chosen to bring visibility to our mostly invisible information infrastructure. The UT Digital Preservation Interest Group has organized a program that maintains broad representation AND increases the level of community engagement.

Logo design for the UT Digital Preservation Symposium by Darshini Shankar Narayan

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Welcome and Coffee  
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Keynote Amelia Acker, School of Information
11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Lightning Talks  
  Managing and Preserving Data in a Cross-Institutional Digital Humanities Initiative: Lessons from the Reading the First Books Project Maria Victoria Fernandez, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies & Collections
  Serving Structured Data to Search Engines: The Digital Rocks Portal Rich Snippet Case Linli Ding, School of Information
  Metadata Problems Colleen Lyon, University of Texas Libraries
  Off the Rails Michael Nugent, Center for Transportation Research
  The Bloody Trail Chuck McClenon, Office of the Provost
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Breakout Session I  
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch  
12:45 - 1:15 p.m. Lightning Talks  
  Using PROV to Overcome Research Data Metadata Challenges Ashley Adair, University of Texas Libraries
  Architecture meets Archeology Beth Dodd, Alexander Architectural Archives
  The Truth of the Story Lies in the Details: Challenges of Providing Context in the Born Digital Materials of Writers Abby Adams, Harry Ransom Center
  Preserving Web Applications Functionality in A Portable Way Yi-Hsuan Hsieh, Department of Computer Science
  Skin and Bones: Preserving Content From Dependency-Heavy Online Platforms Adam Rabinowitz, Department of Classics
1:15 - 1:50 p.m. Breakout Session II  
1:15 - 1:50 p.m. Wrap Up and Closing