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  • Digital Archive of Personal Professional Materials, Hosted at Libraries for Long-Term Historical Research (Edward Feigenbaum & Scott Van Duyne, Stanford University). 

    The online interactive digital archive to be demonstrated is an exhibit of the Stanford University Libraries: the “Edward A. Feigenbaum Papers.” Although a finished project and product, it is really a prototype of what libraries should be building and hosting to make available materials that record the intellectual life of eminent scholars. The target audiences are people doing historical research, and students examining the history of particular people and ideas. The “Edward A. Feigenbaum Papers” collection primarily concerns his work in artificial intelligence (AI) at Stanford University, and in his public service. It  includes administrative and project files, correspondence, proposals, reports, reprints, AI Lab preprints, audio tapes, video tapes, and files on computer programs, including EPAM, DENDRAL, MOLGEN, MYCIN, the language IPL-V, and others. The collection includes papers documenting the histories of the main laboratories in which he did his collaborations: Heuristic Programming Project, Knowledge Systems Laboratory, and SUMEX-AIM. Finally, there are documents related to Feigenbaum's public service to the US Air Force (as Chief Scientist), the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine, the National Science Foundation, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The physical materials are stored in 78 boxes, with access delays of days. In the online version, all materials have been scanned into PDF files with OCR backing, so that every word of most materials is searchable by keywords, using a Google-like search. Other navigation tools offer alternate paths of access, including a “similarity” search based on word frequencies in documents. Every item is downloadable by the user. This digital archive was built using the Zotero software for the editing and annotation of metadata (done by Feigenbaum); and collection management software developed by Stanford Libraries’ Digital Libraries Systems & Services (DLSS)

  • Analyzing personal email with ePADD (Glynn Edwards, Peter Chan, Josh Schneider, Stanford University; Sudheendra Hangal, ePADD)

    ePADD is an open source and freely available software package, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), that allows individuals and institutions to analyze and evaluate email of potential historical or cultural value. The software primarily accomplishes this goal by incorporating techniques from computer science, including natural language processing, named entity recognition, and other algorithmic processes. We will demonstrate/discuss the software in the context of personal digital archiving.

  • Name that File! An Active Learning Approach to Promoting Thoughtful Filenaming Practices in Personal Digital Archives (Mary Wahl, California State University, Northridge). 

    While developing filenaming schemes can be a mundane activity, sometimes the long-term usability and findability of personal digital assets depends solely on the mere naming of files. So how might personal digital archives (PDA) instructors teach the importance of filenaming strategies in an engaging manner? “Name That File” is a brief (approximately 15 minute) group activity that PDA instructors can use to teach filenaming concepts such as description and choosing data elements by which to organize by. Using everyday-use items like printed photos and manila folders to stand in for abstract notions like computer files and directories, the activity aims to promote a more engaged thoughtfulness to how one organizes and names their personal digital assets. This poster will describe the components and learning objectives for the "Name That File" activity that can be included in personal digital archiving workshops and other related programming. 

  • Prozhito: Private Diaries Database as a Key to the Family History Through Generations (Nataliya Tyshkevich, Higher School of Economics, National Research University, Moscow

    The purpose of the publisher in a digital era is to follow the principles of correct transmission of all the features of the historical source. At the same time work with texts from family collections needs to strike a balance between personal and public to avoid publishing the information that could possibly compromise third parties. This is one of the most difficult tasks of private archives publishing, the key to which can only be found in close cooperation with the heirs and administrators of family archives. We offer some solutions to these problems within the « Prozhito» (prozhito.org) – the first global database of 400 diverse non-authorized private diaries (150,000 entries), tied to a chronological line, representing personal narratives from the XIX-XX centuries in Russian and Ukrainian. “Prozhito“ blends the structural experience of blog platforms and archival tradition of curating personal writings. User can work not only with particular texts but with the whole collection of diary entries, building complex search queries by author’s gender and age, journal types (f.e, war, tourist, dream etc.) and filtering results by exact dates and places of records. In Prozhito the manuscript owners (person or family) continue to participate in its preparation for publication and control the text on all the steps of its transformation from the manuscript to the machine-readable database unit. They have the right to exclude fragments, considered unappropriate due to ethical reasons. Working with a family history often activates intrafamily communication, but the information, stored in the family archives, is of interest not only for the family members. Prozhito project allows any user to explore the diaries data and gives huge research material for researchers of everyday life. 

  • Publishat: Personal Lifecycle Management Tool (Suresh Jagarlamudi)

    We designed “Publishat” based on personal data as a paradigm. We developed a framework for managing personal data for a lifetime. We organised personal data into 6 major areas: Academics, Personal, Professional, Health, Financial and Legal.  There is another dimension, Communication, which is mandatory for all the major areas. The content is created using the Personal Lifecycle Management framework, is context-based, and is therefore effective in aiding decision making.

  • Save digital memories online with Kumbu (Ziad Wakim, Kumbu)

    Kumbu is a digital souvenir box service. Today, all our personal memories are digital. We own and produce way too much data. We never clean up. Kumbu is a service to help preserve your favorite digital memories. It can be pictures & videos, but also natively digital content, such as cherished emails, posts and comments on social networks, your favorite blogposts, your greatest food recipes, your music playlists and more. It allows anyone with a computer to gather every part of their digital footprint in a single place. We’ve been building Kumbu for the past year, and I’ll be happy to show it you, as well as exchange on what we’ve learned in the process about how people feel, and act with their Personal Digital Archives. It will also be an opportunity to reflect and share some of the challenges of building a private, secure online service for personal data.

  •   Spotlight: Digital Exhibits (Cathy Aster, Stanford University).

    Spotlight is an innovative solution that enables libraries and other cultural heritage institutions to build online exhibits from content in their repositories to better highlight their digital collections. Spotlight is a plugin for Blacklight, which is a popular open source solution for building library discovery environments. Spotlight enhances Blacklight by providing a self-service forms-based user interface that allows exhibit-builders, such as librarians or faculty, to customize the search interface and homepage, and to build media-rich feature pages to better contextualize their collections. 

  • Webrecorder (Ilya Kreymer).

    Webrecorder is a free online tool that allows users to create their own high-fidelity archives of the dynamic web. Current digital preservation solutions involve complex, automated processes that were designed for a web made up of relatively static documents. Webrecorder, in contrast, can capture social media and other dynamic content, such as embedded video and complex javascript, while putting the user at the center of the archiving process. Ilya Kreymer is lead developer and creator of Webrecorder
  • Web Archiving Integration Layer -- WAIL (John Berlin, Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group).

    Personal Web archiving requires enabling individuals to preserve Web content at will. In previous work, we introduced Web Archiving Integration Layer (WAIL), a tool that integrates an archival crawler (Heritrix) and replay system (Wayback) to facilitate individuals' preservation. In this work, we have vastly revised WAIL using modern Web technologies and introduced the concept of collection-based personal Web archiving that can be accomplished on a user's machine. U…

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Cathy Aster

Product & Service Manager, Stanford University Libraries
I am a service manager in Digital Library Systems and Services, a department in Stanford Libraries. In my role, I manage both services and projects, and I also work as a product owner with software engineers, operations staff and designers for the digital library applications I help support. I am the service manager for: Stanford’s Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submission Program, Stanford’s exhibit platform - called Spotlight, and the... Read More →

John Berlin

Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group
John Berlin is a Computer Science Masters student at Old Dominion University and a member of the Web Science and Digital Libraries Research Group (WS-DL) under the supervision of Dr. Michele Weigle and Dr. Michael Nelson. His work with the group includes contributions to the web archiving tool Mink and is primary developer for WAIL

Peter Chan

Digital Archivist, Stanford University Libraries
Peter Chan is Digital Archivist at Stanford University. He is also Program Manager for ePADD.
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Scott Van Duyne

Consultant to Stanford Library and Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University
Dr. Van Duyne, a PhD from Stanford in Computer-based Music Theory and Acoustics, co-founded a successful music and audio synthesis start-up. In addition to contributing to the Feigenbaum collection project, he consults at the Stanford Office of Technology Licensing, and is part of a team working on a new technology to analyze open data sources to track collaboration in research.
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Glynn Edwards

Head of Technical Services, Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries
The Head of Technical Services division in the Department of Special Collections & University Archives oversees the acquisition of incoming collections - we take in an average of 1,800 linear feet - or 2.5 million documents - a year. This means that I direct the accessioning, cataloging and processing of incoming material in any format - from papyrus fragments to artifacts and computer media. I plan and direct special large... Read More →
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Edward Feigenbaum

PROFESSOR EMERITUS, CS, Stanford University
Professor Feigenbaum retired from the Stanford Computer Science Department in 2000. His main activities since then have been the Feigenbaum Papers archive project with the Stanford Libraries; member of the Board of Trustees of the Computer History Museum; and consulting for the US Air Force and industry. Feigenbaum is an interdisciplinary computer scientist who pioneered Expert Systems and the knowledge-based approaches to artificial... Read More →

Sudheendra Hangal

Professor of Practice in Computer Science, Ashoka University
I am a researcher in the areas of social computing and human-computer interaction, and a Professor of Practice in Computer Science at Ashoka University, where I also co-direct the Trivedi Center for Political Data. Formerly, I was the Associate Director for the Stanford Mobisocial Lab. My research explores novel applications for the digital life-logs that millions of consumers are collecting. These applications are demonstrated... Read More →
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Suresh Jagarlamudi

CEO, Publishat
Suresh did MS (by Research) from IIT Madras, Chennai on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems implementation in Indian Industry. He is working as CEO at iPublish Advanced Technology Solutions (iPublish ATS). A Solution Architect for Personal Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems – www.publishat.com (Android and iOS apps are available on app stores) and a job portal www.wikijobs.co.in. | | He is a Certified PMP from Project... Read More →

Ilya Kremer

Lead developer of Webrecorder, Rhizome.org
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Josh Schneider

Assistant University Archivist, Stanford University
Josh Schneider is Assistant University Archivist at Stanford University, and Community Manager for ePADD, an open-source software package that supports archival processes around the appraisal, processing, discovery, and delivery of email archives.
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Nataliya Tyshkevich

Digital Humanities Center Coordinator, Higher School of Economics
Nataliya is a computational linguist, graduated from the NRU HSE, Moscow, participant of research group on social network analysis of Russian drama, and active member and coordinator of the Digital Humanities Center at NRU HSE (hum.hse.ru/digital). Academic interests include literary social network analysis, genre studies, information extraction and markup practices. She is currently working as a computational linguist and a special projects... Read More →
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Mary Wahl

Digital Services Librarian, California State University, Northridge
Mary Wahl is Digital Services Librarian at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she works with metadata, cataloging and streaming media projects. Her interests lie in taking best practices of digital collections management and communicating them in ways that can be applied to everyday life via personal digital archiving workshops around her local community. When not nitpicking over filenaming schemes, Mary enjoys writing... Read More →
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Ziad Wakim

CEO, Kumbu
Ziad WAKIM is the founder of Kumbu. After 15 years building enterprise information management systems, initially for libraries, then archives and enterprises, he founded Kumbu to provide individuals with tools to preserve, enjoy and share their personal digital archives, in a secure and private manner. He currently lives in Paris, France.

Wednesday March 29, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bishop Auditorium Lathrop Library, Stanford University 518 Memorial Way Stanford, CA 94305