POSTPONED: Thorny Staples Lecture

EVENT POSTPONED: Thorny Staples’ talk on Wednesday is postponed due to the federal government shutdown. All federal employees are furloughed, and as an employee of the Smithsonian Institution, it is illegal for Thorny to travel for business.

The Five College Librarians Council are hosting an open lecture and reception on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 4:00 pm at the Yiddish Book Center

“SIdora, a System of Systems for Supporting Research”

Can’t you imagine “A drag-and-drop environment that allows researchers to gather datasets from [a] repository and drop them in to a process where they could create a new aggregate dataset for their work or to bring them into a model.”Thornton-Staples-bio

Thornton (Thorny) Staples, digital library pioneer and Director of the Office of Research Information Services at the Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) will present on his work in digital libraries and archives building the FEDORA repository for libraries, archives and museums. He will talk about creating a virtual environment for supporting research activities at the Smithsonian Institution’s vast quantities of both scientific and cultural heritage research data.

Staples has previously been director of the Fedora Project; director of community strategy and alliances for DuraSpace; CIO of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute; director of digital library research and development at the University of Virginia; special projects coordinator for academic computing at the University of Virginia; and project director at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia, which was responsible for the original technical architecture of the Rossetti Archive and many facets of  The Valley of the Shadow. He has also been involved with the development of information architecture for large, complex digital academic and cultural history projects in Europe, Australia and the United States. A particular favorite project was a prototype for capturing archaeological excavation data for the American School for Classical Studies at Athens, which became the basis for the SIdora software environment which he will discuss.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

4:00 pm lecture and reception

Free and open to the public. Register online.

The event will be rescheduled, but no further details are available at this time.

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