LLILAS Benson Projects Highlighted at Texas Conference on Digital Libraries
Posted: May 13, 2013
Several LLILAS Benson digital initiatives were prominently featured at the Texas Conference on Digital Libraries held in Austin May 7–8, 2013. In a session on May 7, LLILAS Benson GRA Nicholas Woodward delivered a presentation titled, “Crowdsourcing + Machine Learning: Building an Application to Covert Scanned Documents to Text.”
Woodward’s work, which has been developed as part of an Imagination and Innovation Grant from the University of Texas Libraries, uses documents from the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive (AHPN) as the source material for the transcriptions that are the core of his research. Woodward, who is also a LLILAS alum, is finishing an MSIS degree from UT Austin’s School of Information.
On May 8, the Benson Collection’s Human Rights Archivist T-Kay Sangwand and LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator Kent Norsworthy jointly gave a presentation titled, “From Custody to Collaboration: The Post-Custodial Archival Model at the University of Texas Libraries.” Their talk included an overview of the principles and theory behind the post-custodial archives model, as well as examples of the model in practice at UT from the Human Rights Documentation Initiative (HRDI), the AHPN project, and Primeros Libros de las Américas. These initiatives are vital components of our strategy to integrate special collections directly into teaching, learning, and research activities at UT, and to provide students with opportunities to engage directly with rich, digital primary source materials from diverse time periods and parts of the world.
TCDL is an annual conference sponsored by the Texas Digital Library that showcases advances in digital tools, technologies, and resources from universities and practitioners statewide and beyond. The focus of the two keynote addresses at this year’s conference—one delivered by the Head of Curation and Preservation Services at MIT Libraries Nancy McGovern, the other by Duraspace CEO Michele Kimpton—was long-term digital preservation. In addition to two days of panels and the keynote speakers, the event featured a pre-conference DigiCamp, a poster session, and a series of post-conference workshops.