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Sunday, October 30 • 8:30am - 9:30am
#s4a: Collaborating, Publishing, and Community Participation

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The Archive as a Collaborative Research and Digital Publication Laboratory
Neal Harmeyer, Tracy Grimm, and Lauren Haslem (Purdue University)

Archivists from Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, embedded within honors courses, recently completed pilot phases of two projects aimed at online dissemination of student scholarly research. Project goals were to increase our own understanding of digital scholarship management, to provide students experience in the scholarly publication cycle, to strengthen our collaborative efforts with faculty, and finally, to enhance exposure of Archives and Special Collections as a center for student research and scholarship. Outcomes included many successes, some failures, and opportunities to refine the archives-led digital scholarship process. In this talk, we will discuss the investments necessary by the archivists, faculty, and student staff; share outcomes both positive and negative from the experience, including barriers discovered in the process; and provide our own rubric for bridging the divide between diverse partners within the academy—students, professional staff, and faculty—for successful integration of archival instruction and digital scholarship.

Reading Moravian Lives: Overcoming Challenges in Transcribing and Digitizing Archival Memoirs
Katherine Faull, Diane Jakacki, and Michael McGuire (Bucknell University)

The Moravian Lives project aims to digitize, transcribe, and publish for analysis more than 60,000 manuscript and print memoirs, written by members of the Moravian Church between 1750-2012. These memoirs are housed in archives throughout the world, making it difficult for scholars to engage with them as an entire corpus. Furthermore, of the 18th century memoirs, over 90% are in manuscript form. As project collaborators establish the foundations of a massive digital archive that houses facsimiles of the memoirs, we wrestle with how best to publish the memoirs in machine-readable format: existing optical character recognition (OCR) software does not reliably manage 18th century German script; in addition, the volume of pages to be transcribed challenges traditional transcription capabilities. Research teams at Bucknell and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden are collaborating to develop a suite of tools that will support large-scale controlled crowdsourcing of transcription and exportation of text and data sets to support a wide range of research needs by scholars in fields ranging from autobiography to theology, religious history, social history, historical and computational linguistics, and gender studies. In this paper members of the Bucknell team, led by Katie Faull, will discuss the challenges we face as we establish best practice for developing an interactive platform for editing and accessing this critically significant collection.

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Kathleen McQuiston

Bucknell University

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Prof. Katherine Faull

Senior Fellow, Languages & Cultures College
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Tracy Grimm

Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration, Purdue University
Tracy Grimm is the Barron Hilton Archivist for Flight and Space Exploration at Purdue University Libraries' Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. She manages and develops the Barron Hilton Flight and Space Exploration Archives which holds the personal papers of... Read More →
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Neal Harmeyer

Purdue University
I am a digital archivist within Archives and Special Collections at Purdue University. I like to work collaboratively with faculty and staff within campus units and departments to generate course instruction material using archival materials. One of my primary interests is facilitating... Read More →

Lauren Haslem

Purdue University

Diane Jakacki

Bucknell University

Michael McGuire

Bucknell University

Sunday October 30, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Walls Lounge 2nd Floor, ELC

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