Class Descriptions-2020

SEI 2020 will present an overview of digital stewardship and the digital lifecycle through the following core curriculum modules. All attendees are encouraged to attend all sessions. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we will host half-hour “Choose Your Own Adventure” breakout sessions to augment the SEI curriculum.


Tuesday, June 23

Icebreaker: Exquisite Corpse
Instructor: Nancy Sims
10:00 – 10:45

Break the ice with your fellow attendees with a guided exquisite corpse activity presented by Nancy Sims. This icebreaker will also serve as an introduction to the module “Ownership” and Rights Issues (Copyright and Beyond). Supplies provided.

“Ownership” and Rights Issues (Copyright and Beyond)
Instructor: Nancy Sims
1:00 – 3:00

Understanding copyright, fair use, and licensing in regard to the educational use of visual materials is essential to successfully managing digital projects. This session will cover Fair Use, case law that may impact the use of images for education, specific digital and web issues, and introduce a vocabulary for professional use. It will also provide an overview of copyright issues specific to the cultural heritage and visual resource fields by looking at rights and reproductions guidelines, established standards, and emerging best practices.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Understand copyright, fair use, and licensing in regard to the educational use of images
  • Learn the basics of fair use in educational and cultural heritage contexts
  • Develop a vocabulary of intellectual property terminology for professional use
  • Review and discuss real-life case studies and dilemmas on the use of images for education and specific digital and web issues

Project Management
Instructor: Dan Zellner
3:15 – 5:15

Some of the topics we will cover include funding, scoping, staffing, delegating, workflow creation, assessing risk, etc. Learn the step-by-step processes, review project management tools, and discover how to identify deliverables for a digital project.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Learn the concrete step-by-step process (budgeting/funding, delegating, estimating project length, assessment, etc.) for designing a digital project
  • Practical introduction to managing digital projects, including project management tools
  • Participants will work on a step-by-step project checklist that identifies their next steps in the process

Wednesday, June 24

Digitization
Instructor: Jesse Henderson
9:00 – 10:00

This session is a practical introduction to digitization. We’ll cover some basics on lingo related to digitization, organization of digital files, and capture standards. We’ll also cover how to think about equipment you’ll need, what considerations you should take in for your environment, and then jump in to thinking about workflows while also covering quality control. Lastly, you’ll come away with an understanding of the term ‘process monitoring’.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Learn digitization capture standards, process control, hardware and software, and FADGI
  • Establish a vocabulary of digitization terminology 
  • Review and discuss real-world case studies on digitization standards and practical workflow implementations

Metadata for Cultural Heritage Materials
Instructor: Greta Bahnemann
1:15 – 3:15

There are myriad issues associated with creating metadata for digitized content. This module will provide an overview of the variety of original, analog materials and their associated digital forms. The module will then delve into creating and managing technical, descriptive, and administrative metadata, the selection of an appropriate metadata schema, understanding crosswalks, writing metadata guidelines, and metadata cleanup work, including tools such as OpenRefine.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to create and manage technical, descriptive, and administrative metadata
  • Select appropriate schema and crosswalks
  • Cleanup existing metadata

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Metadata for Cultural Heritage Materials
Instructor: Treshani Perera
3:30 – 5:30

This workshop will introduce attendees to the principles of and best practices in critical cataloging, which can be used broadly for any description and metadata creation workflow. Metadata professionals will get an overview of ethical and conscientious metadata creation; tools and thesauri to consult when creating metadata for collections highlighting diversity and inclusion; and become familiar with equitable and accessible description strategies for digital resources. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with the fundamentals of critical cataloging, an offshoot of critical librarianship.
  • Identify opportunities for highlighting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in description.
  • Challenges to and best practices for applying critical cataloging principles to visual materials

Thursday, June 25

What a Steward Must Do: Introspection, Engagement, and Humility as Core Values for Inclusive Digital Projects
Instructor: Steve Adams
9:00 – 11:00

It is imperative that cultural heritage institutions proactively address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues that arise during the process of acquiring, curating, preserving, digitizing, and sharing artifacts. Knowledge workers must do the intentional introspection and self-work required to ensure that they have the cultural competencies to do this work in a way that broadens and disrupts dominant narratives. This facilitated, interactive workshop will introduce participants to three core principles (introspection, engagement, and humility) which will broaden their capacity to initiate and maintain inclusive digital projects, review and revise existing initiatives through a DEI lens, and most importantly, begin or advance their personal journey to developing an inclusive mindset.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Attendees will broaden their understanding of DEI issues in cultural heritage institutions
  • Attendees will learn and be able to apply the three core principles to DEI challenges faced by cultural heritage professionals and institutions.

Digital Preservation
Instructor: Molly Szymanski
1:15 – 3:15

How do you ensure continued access to digital content over time? This session provides an introduction to the fundamentals of digital preservation policies, strategies and actions. You will learn from the perspective of a Digital Archivist and 2018-2019 NDSR Art resident, whose work encompasses the selection, acquisition, preservation, maintenance, and delivery of digital content. You will review methods and procedures to manage and preserve digital content, and get your feet wet applying them to case studies via group work.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Learn fundamental digital preservation concepts and practices, including the vulnerabilities of digital files and potential threats
  • Review methods and procedures to manage and preserve digital files 

DAMs and Digital Repositories
Instructor: Carolyn Caizzi
3:30 – 5:30

This session will help to demystify concepts related to digital repositories and content stewardship such as digital asset management, digital curation, digital preservation, and more. We’ll consider how and why service, infrastructure, and content management are the foundation of repository management. We’ll also talk about the types of staffing and support that repositories need.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Define and describe
  • Explore popular proprietary and open source digital collection access, management, and preservation systems (e.g. CONTENTdm, Samvera/Hyku, JStor Forum (formerly SharedShelf), Omeka, Preservica)
  • Introduce the Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF); including some demonstrations of its benefits and possibilities
  • Learn practical considerations for choosing or creating a system based on your users and types of digital collections, while continuing the discussion of ethical considerations about building and maintaining digital collections

Friday, June 26

Capital “A” Accessibility and Digital Stewardship
Instructor: Bonnie Rosenberg
9:00 – 11:00

In this session, students will learn the many ways in which digital stewardship and the Americans with Disabilities Act intersect. As standards for web accessibility change, so too must institutional paradigms: changing the system, not treating the symptoms. This class will give students the tools to build access work into their existing visual resource workflows. Building on the ethos behind inclusive design, the class will demonstrate how accommodations made for people with disabilities benefit everyone.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Introduction to the ADA and standards for public-facing websites
  • Changing landscape for ADA web compliance: how litigation is moving the needle
  • How to create an accessibility policy: from building a team to driving change
  • Writing image descriptions for screen readers
  • Building alt-text descriptions into metadata processes
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