YDC2 Forum: Cultural Heritage Research and Linked Open Data

October 22, 2013

YDC2 Forum: Cultural Heritage Research and Linked Open Data
Wednesday, November 20th, 9:30-11:45am at the Whitney Humanities Center (Room 208)
Gathering at 9:30, talks begin at 10:00

This YDC2 forum will explore the growing movement toward the use of linked open data in the practice of digital cultural heritage research.  The forum will offer a view of the opportunities that this transformative technology presents for enhancing scholarly access to and use of digital collections at Yale and worldwide.  Two guest speakers will address the evolution of practice around open data in the cultural heritage research community.   Ken Hamma will discuss limitations of  traditional online research environments and will outline the approach to linked data adopted by the ResearchSpace platform.  Robert Sanderson will explore the development of technical standards that support practical tools for digital scholarship.  

Dr. Kenneth Hamma is currently working independently with the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale Digital Collections Center, and the Museums and Art Conservation Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He continues to work with two Mellon funded development projects: ResearchSpace at the British Museum and ConservationSpace at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.  Previously, he was Executive Director, Digital Policy & Initiatives, J. Paul Getty Trust.

Dr. Robert Sanderson is an information scientist in the Research Library at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was previously a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. His research focuses on the areas of scholarly communication, especially with regards to digital humanities and large scale data mining.  He is an editor of several international specifications including, most recently, the W3C Open Annotation Community Draft, and has close ties with the very large scale digital library community, including working with the San Diego Supercomputer Center, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Europeana and DPLA.